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Best & Worst Beauty Of The Week: Alicia Keys, Kate Middleton, Lady Gaga And More (PHOTOS)

Alicia Keys

The Huffington Post First Posted: 12/02/12 EST Updated: 12/03/12 EST

This week in beauty we learned how to do a "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" inspired manicure, that Dolly Parton "used a burnt matchstick for eyeliner" (seriously) along with other backwoods beauty tips from the country singer and that we can eat our way to better, less dry skin -- now that's a beauty ritual we can get into!

Now, we're shifting our focus to the red carpet, showcasing the best, worst and most interesting examples of hair, makeup and nails that we came across this week. Take a look, get inspired and vote for your faves!

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  • BEST: Alicia Keys

    We still can't get enough of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/25/alicia-keys-style-evolution_n_1230546.html">Alicia Keys'</a> short 'do. The 31-year-old singer went for the chop in July (showing it off to her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/alicia-keys-short-haircut_n_1689673.html">Twitter following</a>) and she's still rockin' the bob. Not only was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/alicia-keys-on-fire-photo-2012_n_2198478.html">her outfit</a> at a November 26th radio appearance spot on, her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/alicia-keys-paris-fashion-week_n_1323527.html">beauty look</a> was smokin'. She kept eye makeup to a minimum with only eyeliner and mascara to keep the focus on her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/best-lipstick-orange-pink_n_1444136.html">coral color</a> lips. Dusty rose blush finished off the look, giving her a radiant glow.

  • WORST: Nicole Kidman

    The usually <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/23/nicole-kidman-emmys-2012-dress_n_1908154.html">flawless</a> Nicole Kidman was off her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/nicole-kidman-photos-pictures-fashion_n_1607068.html">A game</a> at the Australians In Film Screening of "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/the-paperboy-trailer-nicole-kidman-zac-efron-urinate_n_1729865.html">The Paperboy</a>" on November 25th. Kidman's typically vibrant strawberry blonde hair looked flat, damaged and downright messy. In addition her dark eyeliner looked especially harsh with her pale skin tone. Maybe Kidman should start taking tips from her daughter Sunday Rose, who's apparently a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/04/nicole-kidman-daughter-su_n_791990.html">makeup artist in the making</a>.

  • BEST: Kate Middleton

    The big beauty news this week was Kate Middleton's new...gasp...<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/kate-middleton-natural-history-museum-green-dress_n_2199487.html?utm_hp_ref=kate-middleton">cut and color</a>. The face framing layers look fab on her, even on a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/kate-middleton-prince-william-cambridge-glowing-photos_n_2203261.html?utm_hp_ref=kate-middleton">windy day</a> like it was on her visit to The Guildhall in Cambridge on November 28th. We love that she took a risk with this very <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/kate-middleton-bangs-hairstyle-how-to_n_2207242.html?utm_hp_ref=kate-middleton">'70s retro look</a>. In typical <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/13/kate-middleton-did-her-ow_n_795725.html">Middleton style </a>, she kept her face fairly bare opting only for lovely pink <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/blush-video_n_947130.html">blush</a>. Work it, Kate!

  • WORST: Lady Gaga

    We love how <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/07/mila-kunis-dating-2012_n_1328174.html?utm_hp_ref=lady-gaga">opinionated</a> Lady Gaga is, especially about her recent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/lady-gaga-weight-singer-bulimic-teenager_n_1913701.html?utm_hp_ref=lady-gaga">weight gain</a> and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/29/lady-gaga-pope-gay-marriage_n_1925324.html?utm_hp_ref=lady-gaga">causes she believes in</a> but her makeup choices...we're not so into. When she arrived at South Africa's Lanseria Airport on November 27th, she sported what looked like a blonde bob wig and a pair of giant shades. We've seen some <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/napoleon-perdis/going-gaga-for-lady-gaga_b_396446.html">unconventional beauty choices</a> from Mother Monster before, but this recent incognito <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/03/80s-fashion-photos_n_1642744.html">80s</a> inspired look was still a bit of a surprise.

  • BEST: Karlie Kloss

    Model Karlie Kloss is having a great year: She's the host of MTV's "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/house-of-style-hosts-karlie-kloss-joan-smalls_n_1863089.html?utm_hp_ref=karlie-kloss">House of Style</a>" and has been linked to a<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/karlie-kloss-joshua-kushner-dating-_n_2101542.html?utm_hp_ref=karlie-kloss"> slew of cuties</a>. Not to mention she's the face of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/karlie-kloss-target-neiman-marcus-collaboration_n_1719122.html?utm_hp_ref=karlie-kloss">Target + Neiman Marcus collection</a>. At the launch event on November 28th, the 20-year-old looked <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/victorias-secret-karlie-kloss-2012-photo_n_2094569.html?utm_hp_ref=karlie-kloss">radiant</a> with that wispy short hairstyle we first spotted at the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/victorias-secret-fashion-show-2012_n_2090362.html?utm_hp_ref=karlie-kloss">Victoria's Secret show</a>. She looked fresh faced with only eyeliner, blush to contour her already amazing cheekbones and lipgloss. Well played, Karlie!

  • WORST: Leighton Meester

    Although the naturally beautiful actress<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/leighton-meester-style_n_1409547.html"> Leighton Meester</a> always looks great <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/16/leighton-meester-uptown-downtown-beauty_n_965388.html">with</a> or <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/26/leighton-meester-without-makeup_n_1032261.html">without makeup</a>, her recent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/leighton-meester-hair-cut-photos_n_2023171.html">hair cut</a> has posed a challenge. At the Target+ Neiman Marcus Holiday Celebration she rocked a red pout but we weren't a fan of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/leighton-meester-gossip-girl_n_1940129.html">ex-Gossip Girl's</a> tight pompadour hairstyle. We say go for loose locks a la Karlie Kloss instead.

  • Kate Bosworth

    Actress Kate Bosworth is a bonafide <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/13/kate-bosworth-photo_n_1961832.html">fashion plate</a>, and when it comes to her beauty look she knows what works for her. She often opts for more natural and easy styles that display her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/16/kate-bosworth-hairstyles-_n_1429604.html">natural beauty</a>. At the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection event she stayed with pink hues on her cheeks and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/best-makeup-pink-lipstick_n_1512928.html">lips</a> and went with just a little bit of shimmer around her her eyes. But we suspect that besides her luminous foundation, the glow might also have something to do with her new <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/kate-bosworth-engaged-michael-polish-wed_n_1861267.html">engagement</a>.

  • Kelly Osbourne

    Kelly Osbourne would never be described as understated. The Fashion Police host has had hair <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/26/kelly-osbourne-makeup-photos_n_1033182.html">every shade of the rainbow</a> and even got a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/27/kelly-osbourne-manicure-diamonds_n_1918663.html">$250,000 black diamond manicure</a> for the Emmys. Although we're sometimes fans of Kelly's looks (her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/05/kelly-osbourne-gray-hair-_n_1255894.html">gray hair</a> being one of them) the odd hairstyle she sported at the W LOVE Hangover Ball on November 28th was definitely a miss. It looked rather well...tupe-like. Yikes! As always Kelly we appreciate your <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/kelly-osbourne-talks-body-confidence-glamour_n_1420424.html">confidence</a> but this style just wouldn't look good on anyone.

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