The Golden Globes' 10 Most Stunning Beauty Looks

Plunging necklines! Dazzling updos! The mani-cam! Yep, award season is in full swing. And if the Golden Globes is any indication, 2013 is the year that red-carpet beauty gets risky — while looking amazing at the same time.
Sure, plenty of celebs played it safe (and lovely) with the ol' smoky-eyes-and-pink-lips standard. But, surprise, surprise: Last night, more than a few stars took a Louboutin-powered step toward fresh, unexpected, jaw-droppingly pretty hair and makeup. We couldn't stop gabbing about Nicole RIchie's brilliant blue eyeshadow, Lucy Liu's messy fishtail braid, and Claire Danes', well, everything. Click through to see the 10 stars whose beauty looks earned top R29 honors, right here.
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Claire Danes

This woman looks out-of-control-amazing less than a month after having her son, and she put the rest of the A-listers to shame with her classic va-va-voom blowout — created by celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler using a curling iron and some John Frieda hairspray, actually — and super-smoky eyes. Seriously, we haven't seen such a smoldering beauty look in like...ever. Hot mama, indeed.

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Kerry Washington

Kerry has a knack for choosing ladylike, pretty beauty looks, but she truly turned it out at the Globes with an unexpectedly edgy getup, from her sleek, straight hair to her smoky eyes. To get her sleek look, stylist Marcus Francis used John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray before blow-drying her hair and flat ironing in sections. That amazing purple shadow? It's Lancôme Color Design Infinite 24H Eye Shadow in Evermore Lilac. In a sea of fluffy dresses and glamazon locks, Kerry is that edgy girl that we just want to be.

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Julianne Hough

We'll confess: On first glance, we weren't entirely sure about Julianne's pompadour-esque 'do. But once we saw the side view (thanks, E!), we were floored. We tend to get the heebie-jeebies from overly saccharine red-carpet getups, so we're grateful to Ms. Hough for mixing it up. Her badass hair and smoky eyes, coupled with her ethereal Monique Lhuillier gown, made for a distinctly Black Swan look. We think she absolutely killed it.

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Lucy Liu

We love Lucy. While her dress may be slightly controversial (we personally landed that Carolina Herrera masterpiece firmly on our Best Dressed List), her insanely gorgeous twisted-and-woven braid is a total and definite win. Created by Wella celebrity stylist Andy LeCompte, this "perfect imprefection" braid helps create a stunning counterbalance to that lush, Marie-Antoinette-inspired dress. Heck, we might go as far as to say it's one of the best braids ever executed on a red carpet. Too much? Nah, we say she can have it, and you can quote us on that.

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Sienna Miller

After having a beautiful baby with her fiancé, one of our favorite Brits made a triumphant return to the red carpet looking (is it possible?) even more glowy and amazing than before. Giuliana Rancic called her out on the carpet for wearing almost no makeup — but we heard that she used Chanel Vitalumière foundation and St. Tropez Rose Skin Illuminator to further bring out her post-baby beauty. Sporting a fresh face and a minimal, slicked-back hairstyle, Sienna looked stunning in the simplest way possible, and we love her for it.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

If we had to pick one comedienne to receive the Lifetime Achievement On The Red Carpet award, the great Julia Louis-Dreyfus would decidedly be on the short list. Seriously, this woman is a comedy legend, and she consistently proves that humor and beauty are natural complements. We're always impressed by Julia's ability to look like her gorgeous self on the red carpet, rather than (ahem) rending her face motionless with injectables and whatnot.

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Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie has a near-superhuman ability to shake up a red carpet, and we were blown away by her look at the Globes. At first glance, she's looking all classic Old Hollywood (a major theme at the awards), but once she blinks? Blam! Crazy-awesome, dress-matching periwinkle eyeshadow, courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Single in Sky, pressed in a thick layer over the lids for maximum impact. Yes, we say, yes.

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Marion Cotillard

Marion always looks simply incredible, but we did a major double-take when the French beauty debuted an entirely new hairstyle on the carpet. Not many women can pull off super-straight, center-parted, tucked-behind-the-ear hair, but Marion rocked it in a way that somehow read modern and natural alongside her cat-eye. (Makeup artist Christophe Danchaud used a mix of Tarte Skinny SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay Eyeliners in Amazonite Blue and Slate.) Vraiment sleek and chic, non?

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Amanda Seyfried

Those eyes, those lips, that hair, that bosom! Amanda lucked out in the gorgeous-genes department, so we loved that she went completely minimal in every way, allowing her natural beauty to shine through. The only slightly out-there touch? Her full-on blush-glittered eyelids that added a glam factor to her simple look. We always knew Amanda sparkled,

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Michelle Dockery

We've never seen Michelle Dockery rock a red carpet like this. We love how she coupled her high-necked Alexandre Vauthier gown with a lovely wavy bob (hitting the '20s trend that will be huge this spring!) and sultry-yet-pretty makeup that highlights her gorgeous features. To create the perfect hair look, celebrity stylist Mara Roszak used Kérastase Resistance Spray Volumactive before rough-drying, setting the front of her 'do in finger waves, and curling the rest of the hair in sections. Lady Mary, you have officially won our hearts.

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