Yes, 2016 has been quite the year for beauty. We had so many incredible looks to choose from that it was tough to whittle them down. But we persevered (it was a seriously tough job), and we've now decided on our top makeup and hair looks from the past year. From Alicia Keys opting to go completely makeup-free to Kylie Jenner's dramatic blonde 'do—as well as a couple of incredible Kim Kardashian West beauty moments (because of course)—we've picked a brilliant selection of game-changing beauty moments that will inspire you to go forth and experiment in 2017.
Click through our gallery of the 16 best celebrity beauty moments from 2016 and our notes on why we loved them.
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The Look: Minimal makeup and long, straight hair.
Why We Loved It: Sure, she might have flawless skin, but for Kim, this is a big deal. The reality TV star has done the makeup-free thing before, but that's always been for Instagram pics when she's working out, or when she's just woken up. Taken in September at the Balenciaga show during Paris Fashion Week, this was the image that proved to us that the natural look just got serious.
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The Look: Dramatic green eye shadow.
Why We Loved It: At this year's Met Gala, this was striking, to say the least. Although it's not everyone's cup of tea, this is the first time we've seen Beyoncé experiment with a bold colour such as green. It also showed off her perfect skin.
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The Look: A pixie crop.
Why We Loved It: Gemma Arterton is known for long (or at least shoulder-length) hair, which means when we first saw her on Graham Norton with this chic pixie 'do, we were stunned in a good way. Thanks to Gemma's gorgeous features, she effortlessly pulls this off.
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The Look: Bleach blonde with dark eyebrows.
Why We Loved It: Kylie Jenner has made no secret of the fact that she looks up to older sister Kim, so it was no surprise to see that she decided to go for a similar platinum hair colour back in September. Overall, this was just a seriously cool look that had us reaching for the bleach.
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The Look: A pop of pink lipstick against minimal makeup.
Why We Love It: If you're anything like us, you're probably well up to speed on how Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks after her skin so of course her complexion is glowing on the red carpet. But this glam look stuck in our minds thanks to the perfect pink pout that brought out the blue in her eyes and made her look sun-kissed.
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The Look: Beach babe, complete with tousled waves and bronzed skin.
Why We Loved It: To create this classic "supermodel" sheen, Kim's long-time makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic used Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in Maple (£35). On Kim's look, Mario said he was inspired by his recent trip to Miami.
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The Look: No makeup and natural hair.
Why We Loved It: This year, singer Alicia Keys decided to make a statement by wearing no makeup, and we found it utterly inspiring. Not only did it start up a conversation about how we wear makeup, but it was also refreshing to see an A-lister embracing her natural look.
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The Look: Platinum blonde.
Why We Loved It: Jennifer Lawrence has often stuck around in the blonde department, with the occasional dip into the brunette section for a role or two, but when she decided to go for a bold, platinum blonde, we realised that this was the hair colour she should have always been.
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The Look: Pink eye shadow on the eyes, cheeks and temple.
Why We Loved It: On paper, this sounds like a dreadful idea but, as always, on someone like Kristen Stewart, the look goes from odd to super cool. With more than just a touch of Bowie inspiration, Kristen looked phenomenal. The added hair quiff was a nice touch too.
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The Look: A serious updo.
Why We Loved It: Created by Lupita Nyong'o's go-to hair stylist Vernon François for this year's Met Gala, the style was very much influenced by African culture; according to an expert NPR consulted, "sculptural formations of hair [traditionally] signaled status and wealth."
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The Look: Red eye shadow and lipstick.
Why We Loved It: This year, Chanel brought out its very first range of all-red makeup, thanks to Creative Makeup and Colour Designer Lucia Pica. Then, at the premiere of Victoria, we got to see it in action on the beautiful Jenna Coleman. It was definitely one of those so that's how you do it moments. Also, shout out to Valeria Ferreira, the makeup artist who made us reconsider red eye shadow.
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The Look: '80s curls.
Why We Loved It: Blake Lively has great hair. She could do any style and we'd love it, but this year, the hairstyle we talked about the most was her tight '80s-style curls. The trick to achieving it? Using this old-school hair product.
The Look: A double-fishtail braid.
Why We Love It: When you're out and about at fashion week, you need a hairstyle that is going to look great all day, and that's exactly what Olivia Palermo managed to pull off here. The double fishtail was worn all day at numerous events, and even if it got a little messy, that only added to its charm. Here's how to re-create the look (we know you want to).
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The Look: Classic bombshell red lipstick and a ponytail.
Why We Loved It: At this year's iHeartRadio Music Video Awards in Toronto in June, Gigi went for a ponytail and a gorgeous scarlet lip. The bold colour matched with her suit jacket perfectly and gave the whole look extra drama.
The Look: The lob.
Why We Loved It: Kendall Jenner is (or at least was) known for her long hair. But that all changed this summer when the model decided to cut it all off. Perhaps why it's so shocking is that unlike her sister Kylie, Kendall is much more reserved when it comes to changing her hairstyle or colour.
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The Look: Platinum blonde and a dark berry lip.
Why We Loved It: As we've already proven, the Met Gala is the place to debut a new look, which is exactly what Taylor Swift did at the Anna Wintour–hosted event. Fresh from the cover of U.S. Vogue, Taylor made us all gasp with this Scandi-inspired 'do.
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The Look: Dreadlocks.
Why We Loved It: Although we know that this is for a role in the upcoming Ocean's 8 movie that also stars Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, that doesn't mean it's not one of the coolest looks Rihanna's ever had.