Pretty is one thing. Drop-dead gorgeous is an entirely different thing, as proven by the women in this week’s roundup. Bold brows, plush lashes, unbelievably flawless complexions and lips saturated by nude, pink and fire-engine red hues all worked together to create one super-sultry look. What was refreshing about the look is that is was appearing on a new generation of leading ladies, who provided their own twist on pulling off sexy makeup. Those long, wavy, face-framing curls that typically appear on the red carpet were replaced by hair that was pulled off the face, short or straight for a result that was entirely modern and strong.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2012

Who: Keira Knightley
Where: The premiere of Anna Karenina, Odeon Leicester Square, London
When: September 4, 2012

 

Who: Kristen Stewart
Where: The premiere of On the Road, 2012 Toronto Film Festival, Toronto
When: September 6, 2012

 

Who: Rihanna
Where: 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles
When: September 6, 2012

 

Who: Emma Watson
Where: 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles
When: September 6, 2012

 

Who: Taylor Swift
Where: 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles
When: September 6, 2012

 

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