Flashback: Best of Golden Globes Red Carpet 2009


Flashback: Best of Golden Globes Red Carpet 2009

As a preview of the Golden Globes (red carpet coverage starts in T minus 3 hours!), I thought I’d take a look back to 2009’s best dressed, to get us in the mood.

Maggie Gyllenhall in Lanvin

Possibly my fave dress of the night.  Maggie is always a risk-taker, and Lanvin is perfect for her aesthetic.  The dark liner on top lid only gives it a vaugely retro vibe, while the hair and drop earrings keep the look current.

Elizabeth Banks in J. Mendel

Blush colored dress, blush colored lips, blush colored cheeks.  Sometimes the “no-brainer” is the way to go, and here, it works perfectly.

Cameron Diaz in Chanel Haute Couture

I heart Cameron for always rocking the bright lip.  Here, the raspberry lip color is deeper than the dress, so as not to look too matchy-matchy.  Love how the red-violet makes her eye color stand out.

Laura Linney in Elie Saab

Laura Linney’s makeup is a perfect example of age-appropriate.  Rosy cheeks brighten a skin tone, intensely moisturized skin softens any lines, softly defined brows frame the eyes, and a “my-natural-color-but-better” lipstick keeps her looking youthful.

Jennifer Lopez in Marchesa

JLo is the golden goddess, famous for her glowing skin.  In fact, when makeup looks center around radiant skin and metallic sparkle, it’s called “the JLo glow” . . . and this is why.

Amanda Seyfried in Stella McCartney

When I see a blonde in a nude colored dress, the first thing I reach for is a rosy lip color, to prevent the dreaded “wash-out.”  That lip tone plus Amanda’s brown smoky eye defines her features enough to make this dress a winner.

Eva Mendes in Christian Dior


Sandra Bullock in Christian Dior

Both these beauties chose white Dior, and to that end landed themselves on the best dressed lists of the night.  Love how their turquoise accessories added interest.  They both looked radiant, but I would’ve loved to see the lip color taken up just a notch . . .

Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra

This is another of my top fave looks of all time.  In fact, if my wedding dress was this in white, I would certainly die happy.  Notice how the dress is so overtly frou-frou, that Olivia paired it with sleek hair and a modern smoky eye to keep from resembling a babydoll.  Perfection.

Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab

Black can be way too dark for a redhead. But the expanse of creamy skin revealed by the deep V contrasts beautifully with the deep ebony of her dress.  Here her flawless skin is the focus, as it deserves to be.

Kate Beckinsale in J. Mendel

A smoky eye, bronzed skin, and metallic cheek is a lot for one look, but when your dress is white and your hair is slicked into a neat chignon, its the time to do it.  Bravo.

January Jones in Versace

According to color theory, to make a color stand out (or “pop” which is more fun to say), put the opposite color near it.  January received an A+ in elementary art class with her 2009 Golden Globes look, pairing a blue dress with an orange-y lip.  Maybe the most brilliant makeup of the evening.

Rumer Willis in Reem Acra

The warm copper of Rumer’s hair and cool plum of her dress are perfectly balanced by the neutrality of her makeup.  Tricky challenged solved by a skilled makeup artist.

Kate Winslet in Yves St Laurent

I use photos of Kate Winslet in my bridal look book more than any other celeb.  Her makeup always looks classic and beautiful, so we look at the woman, and not the makeup.  Here, her brightened-up lip, glowing skin, warm cheeks, and defined brows are perfectly balanced:  beauty makeup at its best.

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