Beyonce, Lily Rose Depp, Kendall Jenner and more make this year's star beauty list...
2015 has been a beautiful, beautiful year for our favourite celebrities, with more new hair and makeup trends to try than ever before.
From The Hun to strobing, the year’s crazes arrived thick and fast and the best celebrity beauty moments came from those with the courage to experiment.
From Kendall Jenner to Lupita Nyong’o, the stars dared to be different, working new makeup colours and hair lengths aplenty. Even the Duchess of Cambridge upgraded her trusty blowdry with new bangs.
Celebrity hair stylist George Northwood helped both Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung to chop and change their hair, while Kylie Jenner worked so many different dye jobs that we’ve dedicated an entire ‘Kylie Jenner Hair‘ gallery to her 2015 evolution.
So these are the star beauty looks we loved, pressed ‘Like’ for, and totally wanted to be our own in 2015.
First up, we hark back to the MET Ball in May (feels like ages ago in Insta years doesn’t it?) where Beyoncé arrived on the red carpet wearing this hyper-high ponytail, and little else. The Hollywood fable goes that Queen Bey left the house with her hair in ringlets, then freaked out en route to the gala and asked her hairstylist Neal Farinah to whip up something new on the way. The result, we think, is the kind of statement pony that only Sasha Fierce herself could pull off.
A high ponytail will lift all of your features upwards.
Duchess Kate caused an even bigger media stir than usual in September, when she returned to her royal duties after giving birth to Princess Charlotte and debuted a perfectly fluffy new fringe.
Kim Kardashian had a blonde moment at Paris Fashion Week in March, covering her slicked back locks with a bobble hat until she was ready to unveil them on the Givenchy front row. Sadly, the pure platinum was gone within a week, but the Insta reaction was so strong that we had to include it in our top 20.
Why Hello, beautiful. Adele is back and so is her perfect graphic black liner – a late entry to this year’s beauty round-up, but one that’s causing a storm of copycats on Instagram. Trying this look at home yourself? May the winged eyeliner gods be forever in your favour…
Keeping up with Kendall’s beauty regime has been extra hard this year. She’s been a style chameleon on the catwalk, has experimented with a fringe on the red carpet and was even declared queen of the classic pout when she launched her own lipstick line for Estee Lauder in June. We have such a beauty crush.
When hair stylist George Northwood lopped Rosie’s long locks off back in February, he declared her choppy new cut to be ‘the supermodel bob’. We duly printed out the pictures and ran to our nearest salon, of course.
Ahh the hun. The lazy girl’s favourite new beauty trend of the year (honestly it takes 6 minutes to throw together) was started by none other than Jennifer Lopez, appearing in the launch pictures for a new season of American Idol back in September. As ever, J Lo, we thank you for all you do for us…
After taking the red carpet circuit by storm last year, Lupita continued to take brilliant beauty risks in 2015, playing with everything from coloured lips to metallic eyeshadows. It was hard to pick a winner from our shortlist of favourites, but we’re declaring Lupita’s berry lip colour and popping powder shadow at the Golden Globe Awards in January to be the actress’s purple reign.
Stop the beauty press. Lady Gaga went (almost) all demure on us this year, nodding to classic screen sirens with her stunning blonde curls and scarlet pouts. That said, she still teamed her make-under with everything from sequin ballgowns to haute rubber gloves – she is Gaga after all. We love her look from the National Arts Awards back in October.
Kylie Jenner has worked more beauty looks than any other star this year, more than earning her place in our top 20 round-up. From mint to platinum, she’s tried a different dye job or cut every other week confirming her status as queen of the beauty transformation.
Holy hair. Another new entry on our beauty radar this year was Jillian Hervey, one half of pop duo LionBabe. Guess what we love about her look? She throws that mane around on stage like nobody’s watching (we love this picture from her New York concert in July) and she’s a big fan of retro eye make up, too.
And this year’s award for best use of hair accessories goes to… Jewel-encrusted head pieces became Kiera’s go-to on the red carpet circuit back in February, trialing everything from crystal Chanel clips to this Valentino band at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
With the look of a classic French IT girl, 16 year-old Lily Rose Depp the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis) is following in her mother’s modeling footsteps, this year being named as the new face of Chanel. Say hello to your future beauty icon.
Rita’s gone all glam and glossy on us this year, looking every bit the part in her new job on the X Factor judging panel. But don’t worry, she’s not lost her edge. We loved this messy plait up-do and dark eye combo at the British Fashion Awards in November.
Sienna Miller debuted a copper bob at London Fashion Week back in September, putting rose-tinted locks on the beauty radar and, as always, giving fresh inspiration to the fash pack on the front row.
You could never say that Rih Rih doesn’t throw everything she’s got at her beauty regime – we even declared her to be our lipstick queen after she completed her quest to work every shade of the rainbow in the summer. Most of all though, we loved her ‘more is more’ look at August’s Barbados Carnival.
Alexa turned to George Northwood back in September to chop a couple more inches off of her soft tousled bob. Debuting her new look on the front row at London Fashion Week she inspired even more fans to aim higher – just below the ears to be precise.
This year’s prize for best holiday skin? It’s got to go to Jennifer on her first appearance after her Bora Bora honeymoon with Justin Theroux back in August. It really was all about that glow.
As Katniss Everdeen returned to the big screen, our real life heroine Jennifer Lawrence planned her own red carpet beauty takeover. After getting her hair cut short at the end of the summer, she’s been experimenting with all sorts of hard and soft beauty contrasts, looking fierce on the Hunger Games world tour.
As we all went crazy for The Theory Of Everything back in January, actress Felicity Jones emerged as a key beauty muse for the year. From the Oscars to the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (left) she worked perfect porcelain skin and soft lip colours throughout the marathon of ceremonies, making her our new favourite red carpet rose.