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On the (high) heels of #askhermore for Hollywood red carpets comes a year of feminist self-acceptance. The #nomakeup selfie on Instagram became a badge of honor for Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele and Alicia Keys — whose commitment to being makeup-free extended to The Voice, red carpet and her 8 million followers. But for all the looks in 2016 that did require some intervention from a makeup artist or hairstylist, THR has compiled and ranked the top 25 beauty moments from film, television and the red carpet.
Topping the rankings that mix feminist statements with unabashed fabulousness, Beyonce inspired black women to embrace their natural hair texture with her Lemonade visual album (No. 1 on THR's list), while Lupita Nyong'o celebrated her Kenyan heritage with haute head wraps during her Queen of Katwe press tour (No. 4). This year, A-list actresses felt empowered to be honest about their glam: Margot Robbie openly declared that, no, she does not wake up like that (#iwokeuplikethis has 1.8 million hashtags on Instagram). Her enviable tresses (No. 3) are the work of her "magical hairstylist" and extensions.
When it came to showstopping looks, Hollywood pros went all out, starting with Jennifer Lopez's siren turn at the Golden Globes (No. 15), Rachel McAdams' matching emerald Oscar dress and eye shadow (No. 9) and Charlize Theron's sexy androgyny at Cannes (No. 2). Perhaps striking a balance between au naturel and over-the-top glamour is best. After all, teases Emma Stone (No. 14) about an upcoming red-carpet look courtesy of her beauty pros: "I want to feel a little like myself in daily life, [but other times] we really go for it. … A glitter lip is coming!"
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