We round up the best looks from the red carpet, celebrity parties and Instagram
2016 was a big year in beauty. Celebrities changed their hair colour and length over 182 times with the most dramatic A-list hair transformations ever. There were literally thousands of red carpet events where the latest make-up trends, hairstyles and beauty crazes made their debuts. And Instagram had one of it’s biggest years in beauty tutorials, with countless bloggers and vloggers showing their latest tips and tricks. But, out of all this, there were some looks that stood out like a shining beacon of light among the rest. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best beauty looks of 2016, so you can get inspired.
From Zoe Kravitz, who recently revealed her newly peroxided plaits, to Taylor Swift, who managed to bring back black lipstick with such a bang, both luxury and high street lipstick brands launched their own versions – the beauty of 2016 was varied and diverse. Zendaya brought back the bowl cut at the Met Gala, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proved to us that a classic red lip and ballerina bun always looks chic (take this quiz to find your perfect red lipstick) and Alicia Keys reminded us that beauty can be bare.
Hair took centre stage this year too, with plaits being the firm favourite hairstyles amongst the stars once again and the L.O.B taking first place for favourite hair cut. The fringe also made many appearances, especially around fashion week and accessories made for a fashionable way to update a ‘do. But perhaps the most fun that was had this year was with colour. From grey to gold, celebrities dabbled with techniques of dip-dye, ombre and tiger-eye as well as a rainbow of colours.
Whether you’re looking for make-up inspiration, a new hairstyle or a complete overhaul, the best beauty looks of 2016 will have you covered. Scroll through to see which looks made the cut and get creative…
Cara at the 'Suicide Squad' film premiere in New York
Gigi at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles
Jessica Biel at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles
Naomi Campbell at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden
22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles
88th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles
Rooney Mara at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles
Alicia Keys at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden
Amber Heard at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles
Bella Hadid at the 'Cafe Society' premiere and opening ceremony during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France
Freida Pinto at Prada Presents 'Past Forward,' A Short Film By David O. Russell.
Blake Lively making us fall in love with hair accessories again at the 'Slack Bay' premiere at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Camila Alves at the 'Sing' film premiere in Los Angeles
Ciara at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina
Emily Ratajkowski at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles
Emma Stone at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina
Jaime King at the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles
Jennifer Lawrence at the 'Passengers' film photocall in Los Angeles
Jessica Alba at the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles
Joan Smalls at God's Love We Deliver 'Golden Heart Awards' in New York
Joan Smalls at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York
Karlie Kloss at the 'Julieta' premiere during the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Kerry Washington at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles
Kristen Stewart at the 'Certain Women' film premiere during the New York Film Festival
Lily Donaldson at the 'Cafe Society' premiere and opening ceremony during the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Lily-Rose Melody Depp at the 'Planetarium' film premiere during the 73rd Venice Film Festival
Lupita Nyong'o at the 'Queen of Katwe' gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival
Margot Robbie at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina
Naomi Campbell at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina
Olivia Palermo at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles
Olivia Wilde at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles
Priyanka Chopra at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at 'The Unknown Girl' premiere during the 69th Cannes Film Festival
Taylor Swift at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina
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Here's Kim Kardashian at Fashion Week with poker straight hair.
But we love her brown hair. Especially when she teams it with no make-up.
Kim worked the fornt row, bare faced at the Balenciaga show suring Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2017.
Who revealed a slightly dusty pink hue last night on her Instagram.
Hair guru, Sam McKnight gave Bella Hadid a graduated peroxide blonde to pink 'do with on-trend dark roots.
Halle Berry debuted her badass new 'do on Instagram. Posh pixie cut begone - Halle's had a cool lotus design shorn into her recently bobbed hair. The caption read: 'AND FOR MY NE?T TRICK[sic]'