Every year, the night before the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards take place—and the indie vibes also inform the hair and makeup decisions.
I’m talking about bright blue eyeliner (on Jessica Biel), no-makeup makeup (on Emilia Clarke), and matte stained lips (on Freida Pinto). This was a fun one!
Here are all the beauty looks you need to see.
Jessica Biel at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
If this doesn't make you want to wear bright eyeliner, I don't know what will! Jessica is rocking the heck out of this neon blue wing, grounded by a black one closer to the lash line. Bare everything else and Bohemian hair (like she just undid a braid) make it even cooler.
Emilia Clarke at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
All is gorge here, especially Emilia's shimmery lips (a texture that feels very of-the-moment). Not sure if her highlights are new, but they’re expertly done—they add dimension and face-brightening effects, without looking streaky, too light or too ashy.
Freida Pinto at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
I love Freida's rosy matte lips—again, a very modern texture—and the softness of her smoky eyes. (I think I even detect some purple tones in there.) Her skin is beautiful and flawless, so all she needs is her hair tied back in a simple ponytail.
Cate Blanchett at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
Cate looks effortlessly beautiful in this combo of tousled hair, fresh skin and jet-black mascara. We're so used to her formality on the red carpet that I appreciate seeing her more casually styled. Pretty pink lips also! She does have roots—but it looks like she got those touched up the next day for the Oscars.
Brie Larson at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
It's a little matchy-matchy, but Brie just looks so frickin' radiant. Clearly, she's been on the "going to win an Oscar" skin regimen. The complexion and brow work here are just flawless. I even like the textured updo.
Rachel McAdams at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
Rachel looks cute in this baby pink lipstick with matching blush. I'm actually most excited that she wore it with red, which is unexpected. The half-up bob is adorable, and finally, her lashes look pretty decent. I'm just not crazy about her streaky, rooty, too-light blonde, but I've said that a few times now.
Jessica Chastain at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
Jessica's skin is flawless, her rosy lipstick is nice and gone are the drawn-on brows of 2015 (thank goodness). The only thing I'd change here is perhaps adding some blush, and cleaning up the eyeshadow under her eyes.
Rooney Mara at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards
And you guys said Rooney is always the same! I present you a little faux bang to switch things up. Okay fine, not much else is different, but I ask you: how can you get tired of seeing skin that is literally without a flaw? And such minimal, delicate makeup? Rooney4eva!