2014 Grammy® Nominees’ Best Makeup Looks — How to Get Them

Let the countdown to music’s biggest night begin — the Grammy® Awards! Whether you watch for the red carpet fashion, amazing musical performances, or the glamorous makeup, there’s always a little something for everyone to enjoy.

With the nominees announced, including A-list celebs Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, the competition is sure to be neck and neck — and that goes for the beauty department too! With so many gorgeous gals nominated, it’s a gamble to guess which looks will be the most memorable this year.

Follow along as I share some of the 2014 Grammy® nominees’ best makeup looks from the past year and how you can get the look …

  • And the Nominees Are… 1 of 17

    All music preferences aside, 2014's nominees are all winners when it comes to beauty. Which nominee has rocks your favorite makeup looks?

  • Album of the Year Nominee – Taylor Swift,"Red" 2 of 17
    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift always manages to stay fresh and current, both in the music and beauty departments! It's no wonder that this year she's nominated for Album of the Year for Red, and this old Hollywood-inspired look seems fitting for the occasion. Do you think she'll wear red on awards night for good luck?


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Taylor’s Old Hollywood Glamour Look 3 of 17

    Face: Let's face it (no pun intended!), the lips and eyes are the stars of this stunning nominee's show, but no matter what look you are going for, a flawless face is always key! Start by completely evening out your base with a full-coverage foundation. Make Up For Ever's HD Invisible Cover Foundation will deliver a flawless finish while looking beautiful on and off the camera. Mattify your skin and keep that foundation put with a light dusting of Rimmel's Stay Matte Translucent powder. 


    Eyes: Taylor's eyes make a statement without being too smokey and bold with cool gray tones. Apply the medium-gray shade on the right of the shadow quad from the lid up to the crease, blending outwards and upwards. Using a damp eyeshadow brush, pick up the lighter gray on the left of the quad and apply that color along your lower lashline and the inner corners of your eyes. Dampening your brush will intensify the color and make the shadow last longer. Use the white shade to further brighten the inner corners of your eyes and add contrast under your brow bone.


    To finish off the eyes, use a smaller eyeshadow brush to softly line your top and bottom lashes with the black eyeshadow in the quad — lining your eyes with a shadow will create more of a soft-focus look! Complete the eyes with a few swipes of your favorite mascara and you will be red carpet-ready! 


    Lips: Let's be honest, Taylor Swift can't wear anything but red on her lips when she's been nominated for Red that would just be a celeb crime! Complete this look with a layer of a rich, brick-red lipstick to set off the silver and gray eyes. 


    To Purchase:

    1.  Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation: $42 

    2.  Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder 'Translucent': $4

    3.  Rimmel London Glam Eye Shadow Quad 'Smokey Noir': $6

    4.  Smashbox Be Legendary 'Infrared' Lipstick: $20

  • Song of the Year Nominee – Pink, "Just Give Me a Reason" 4 of 17

    Nominated for song of the year, Pink gives us every reason to believe she's a major babe! Although her hair may verge on walking on the wild side, her naturally rosy makeup balances this look!


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Pink’s Naturally Rosy Look 5 of 17

    Eyes: To achieve this easy eye look, simply apply the shimmery taupe color in the NYX palette across your eyelid. Using a fluffy blending brush, pick up the matte brown eyeshadow and apply it along your crease — blending back and forth for a seamless transition. Line your upper lash line with a black kohl eyeliner and immediately pull out an eyeliner brush to smudge the outer corner of for a soft and subtle wing.


    Finishing Touches: To finish off this look, apply a light layer of Lorac's Rosy Glow blush to the apples of your cheeks and a healthy dose of moisturizing lip color to your perfect puckers. 


    To Purchase:

    1.  NYX Love in Florence Eyeshadow Palette 'Met My Romeo': $8  

    2.  Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner 'Jet Black': $4

    3.  Lorac Pro Powder Cheek Stain 'Rosy Glow': $20

    4.  Clinique Chubby Stick 'Beige Plum': $17 


  • Song of the Year Nominee – Katy Perry, "Roar" 6 of 17
    Katy Perry

    If this is Katy Perry roaring for her Grammy®  nomination, it's actually more of a kitty-cat purr with this playful look. Although it doesn't yell, "red carpet awards-appropriate," it does however, offer some inspiration for everyday wearability.


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Katy’s Playfully Pretty Look 7 of 17

    Face: Katy Perry always has the dreamiest, doll-like skin! Get her look by applying a creamy, matte mousse foundation with your fingers — the warmth of your hands will melt the foundation right into your face for a milky finish.  


    I don't know about you, but I'm not a real big fan of completely matte skin and although Katy's foundation has a matte finish, she still has a hint of glow to her face. To achieve that matte, yet soft-glow finish, dust a light amount of Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder over your entire face; its light-reflecting complex will give your skin the star-studded finish it's begging for!


    Eyes: Get those flirty doe eyes with a fantastic set of glam false lashes! Apply the falsies as close to your lashline as possible and blend your real lashes in with your favorite "everyday" mascara. Make your bottom lashes equally delicious by using Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara; it has the perfect-sized wand to really get in there and give every single lash some lovin'!  


    Finishing Touches: Last but certainly not least are the lips! Coat your lips in a lush, mauve-red lipstick with a creamy satin finish. For extra long-lasting power, apply a light layer of translucent powder over the top of your lipstick.   


    To Purchase:

    1.  Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation: $8 

    2.  NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder: $34 

    3.  Ardell Glamour Lash 'Black 101': $4 

    4.  Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara 'Black': $10  

    5.  NARS 'Afghan Red - Satin Garnet': $26 

  • Best Country Solo Performance Nominee – Miranda Lambert, "Mama’s Broken Heart" 8 of 17
    Miranda Lambert

    Miranda Lambert is nominated for best country solo performance of the year with "Mama's Broken Heart." Her look is sure to break loads of mamas' hearts with rose gold envy. This golden goddess has got it going on!


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Miranda’s Rose Golden Goddess Look 9 of 17

    Eyes: Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette will be your best friend if you want to achieve Miranda Lambert's rose gold smokey eye the palette is loaded with luxurious rose-toned hues! Start by applying the shade "Trick" over your entire eyelid and crease. Combine a mix of "Burnout" and "Factory" on a fluffy blending brush and apply that color over your crease -- combining these two colors will create the perfect rosy-bronze shade. Run "Factory" heavily along your lower lash line, winging the color outwards. Apply "Strange" under your brow bone for a more yellow-toned matte highlight and add "Dust" to your inner corners for a brightening effect.


    Finish off your eyes by using a black gel eyeliner pencil to tightly line (focus on the upper and lower waterlines) your eyes! Coat your lashes in your favorite lengthening mascara and you will be good as gold!   


    Finishing Touches: To complete this goddess-like glow, dust a peachy-bronze blush along your cheekbones and pop a layer of light-reflecting gloss onto your lips.


    To Purchase:

    1.   Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: $52 

    2.  Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil 'Black Out': $4

    3.  Hard Candy Fox In A Box 'Skinny Dipping': $6

    4.  Lorac Lips With Benefits 'Chuck' Lipgloss: $18

  • Best New Artist Nominee – Kacey Musgraves 10 of 17
    Kacey Musgraves

    Nominated for best new artist, Kacey's brunette Barbie doll look is as universally sweet as it is sassy! 


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Kacey’s Brunette Barbie Look 11 of 17

    Eyes: Let's start by getting some brow wow factor — tame those brows and give them a hint of color with Benefit's Gimme Brow. The handy wand is quick and easy to use and will plump up your brows a notch or two. Apply a layer of "Tough As Taupe" to your lids with your finger and blend it up to your crease. Make your eyes pop by applying a black waterproof eyeliner to your upper and lower waterlines and to your top lashline — this will not only make your eyes stand out, but it will also give the illusion of a fuller lashline!


    Finishing Touches: My favorite part of this look is the amazing lip color. Apply Lime Crime's "Countessa Fluorescent" for a lippy that is out of this world! Finish every thing off with a subtle, non-competing soft rosy blush. 


    To Purchase:

    1.  Benefit Gimme Brow: $22 

    2.  Maybelline Color Tattoo 'Tough As Taupe':$7 

    3.  Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner 'Sting Ray':$20 

    4.  Maybelline Fit Me Blush 'Light Rose': $5

    5.  Lime Crime Lipstick 'Countessa Fluorescent'; $18 


  • Best Duo/Group Performance Nominee – Rihanna, "Stay" 12 of 17

    The 2013 Grammy®  Awards had Rihanna rocking a bold bohemian vibe with punchy mandarin red from head to toe. Similarly, I love the mandarin red makeup look she's sporting in this photo. If it were up to me, I'd have her "stay" with a makeup look that closely follows suit for her 2014 nomination!


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Rihanna’s Bold Bohemian Look 13 of 17

    Eyes: Start by applying the left color in the Nars eyeshadow duo all over your lid, then apply the right color in the duo in your crease and the outer third of your lid. Apply your favorite black eyeliner along your top lashline and lightly smudge the color with a q-tip. Finish off your eyes with a volumizing mascara on your top and bottom lashes! 


    Lips: Let's get to the real reason we're all here ... those lips! Get that similar rich mandarin color with Maybelline's "Vibrant Mandarin." Apply the color straight from the bullet and lightly blend it onto your lips by using your finger. Be careful to not get any lipstick outside of your lip line ... unless you want to look like you've been sipping on Crush all afternoon! 


    Nails: Rihanna is all about having rockin' nails! Get on her level with two coats of OPI's "A Good Man-Darin is Hard to Find"! 


    To Purchase:

    1.  NARS Duo Eyeshadow 'Kalahari': $34 

    2.  Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids 'Vibrant Mandarin' Lipcolor$7

    3.  OPI 'A Good Man-Darin Is Hard To Find'$8

  • Best R&B Album Nominee – Alicia Keys, "Girl on Fire" 14 of 17
    Alicia Keys

    Alicia's Girl on Fire has been nominated for Best R&B album, but let's be honest ... when is she NOT on fire? This effortlessly elegant look can easily be worn day or night. Anyone else hear that sizzle?


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Alicia’s Effortlessly Elegant Look 15 of 17

    Eyes: This eye look is simple, yet elegant. Start by applying Urban Decay's "Easy Baked" over your entire lid and crease. Use liquid eyeliner to create a subtle flick at the end of your medium-thick line. Coat your lashes in CoverGirl's Lash Blast Fusion Mascara to tie everything together!


    Finishing Touches: Top off this gorgeous look with a light layer of blush on the outer parts of your cheeks and a soft, pinky nude gloss on your lips! 


    To Purchase:

    1.  Urban Decay 'Easy Baked' Eyeshadow: $18 

    2.  Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner 'Black': $22

    3.  Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara: $9

    4.  Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush 'Melon': $10

    5.  NYX Butter Gloss 'Eclair'; $5

  • Best Pop Vocal Album Nominee – Lana Del Rey, "Paradise" 16 of 17
    Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Ray, nominated for best pop vocal album, always packs a punch! I love that the dual liner, touch of royal blue, and luxurious hair accessories almost convince me that she's an ancient Egyptian princess!


    Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Get Lana’s Egyptian Princess Look 17 of 17

    Eyes: Now this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Lana does what she wants! Clearly the eyes are the main attraction of this look, so let's get to it! Start by applying the lightest blue in the Estee Lauder trio all over the lid and inner corners — this will help add light to the eyes to help compensate for the heavy eyeliner. Apply the middle-hued blue in the crease and the darker blue in the outer "v" of your eyes. Be sure to blend the transitions so there are no harsh blue lines anywhere!


    Now, make sure you've been practicing your cat eye, because you are going to be doing double-duty on this one. Use a liquid eyeliner to draw your winged liner on the top AND bottom lashes. If you're not feeling too keen on the double liner, no big deal, just stick to the traditional wing on your top lashes! Complete the eyes with a nude pencil liner along your lower waterline for a bright, open-eyed effect.


    Lips: To get Lana's lips, use a mauve lip liner to heavily line your bottom lip-line and the outer corners of your top lip — use your finger to lightly smudge the liner into your lips to avoid too harsh of a lip line. Finish off your pout with a creamy pale nude lipstick. 


    To Purchase:

    1.  Estee Lauder Instant Intense Eye Shadow 'Arctic Zinc'; $36 

    2.  Loreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner 'Carbon Black'; $9

    3.  Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner 'Nude'; $4

    4.  Sephora Waterproof Retractable Lip Liner 'Mauve'; $13 

    5.  Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick 'Pale Nude'; $32 


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