The message has been loud and clear for the last few weeks: barely-there beauty is nothing short of gorgeous. Start with luminous skin, brushed brows, a dramatic dose of lash fringe, a natural flush on the cheeks and a pale lip—and finish with an appearance that is simply to die for. But a couple of renegades had something else to say on the red carpet over the previous seven days. Add a burst of color and gorgeous takes on new meaning. Kate Mara communicated this by pairing the look-du-jour with a searing yellow Dior dress. Scarlett Johansson reached for blue, both on her earrings and on her eyes. It’s a bolder sensibility that embraces the spectrum, and that’s something we can get behind during these gray days of winter. We can all use references to the sun and the sky and the promise of a nice day ahead that they represent.

WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2013

Who: Scarlett Johansson
Where: After-party for the opening night of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Chelsea Piers Lighthouse Pier 60, New York, New York
When: January 17, 2013

Who: Kate Mara
Where: Premiere for House of Cards, London, England
When: January 17, 2013

Who: Kim Kardashian
Where: Late Show With David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, New York
When: January 16, 2013

Who: Kate Beckinsale
Where: 14th Annual Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
When: January 13, 2013

Who: Lily Donaldson
Where: Berluti men’s fall 2013 presentation, Paris, France
When: January 18, 2013

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