The 87th Academy Awards produced a bejeweled lineup of actors and actresses on the crimson carpet. As one of the key catalysts for beauty trends (the other is Fashion Week, which preceded it), the Oscars are notable for their recipe of starlets and risk taking, classic looks and often edgy beauty choices. Careers have been made and broken by one look.
Here are some of the trends we looked at and loved:
Short Hair is the New Black:
From Nicole Kidman, who showed off her lovely and stylish strawberry blonde bob (styled by Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Italo Gregorio) to Scarlett Johansson and Rita Ora, the short hair look really rocked the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Cristina B., stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City says that this look is trendy because “it is effortless, and a fun change now and then. It looks so chic.”
Pro Tip: For short, sleek hair, Cristina B. advises that you use a workable gel to blow-dry and style the hair, and then add a pomade to slick it back.
Full, Thick Brows:
From Keira Knightley to Kerry Washington, the red carpet looks were all about the full, shapely brow. So if you’re already blessed with gorgeous and thick brows, don’t tweeze them into slim arches a la Twiggy, but if not, you can pencil them in or use products like RevitaBrow Advanced (around $110 for a 4-month supply; the product uses of peptides to help brow hair grow).
Pro Tip: If you choose to pencil in your brows, use a shade lighter than your regular brow shade for adding depth and volume.
Bright Red Lips:
Like many other red carpets, many A-list beauties his year wore black and white, however their lips were draped in red. For Julianne Moore’s classic beauty look, Elaine Offers for L’Oreal Paris used Infallible Pro Lip Colour in Raisin Revival ($12.99), a deep purple-brown shade topped off with the pro-seal balm on the opposite end, to offset a flawless complexion. Margot Robbie dazzled with a shiny new bob and bright lips fit for a screen siren (try Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Fire Engine, $19).
Pro Tip: Glossy or matte, take your pick on the formulation of red, but make sure you exfoliate lips before you apply the lipstick so it won’t feather. Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Styles says, “Make sure to exfoliate your lips and prep them with a good lip balm so that the color will go on smoothly and evenly.”
Metallic Teal Eyes:
This very unexpected color on the red carpet was rocked by both Lupita Nyong’o as well as Gwyneth Paltrow, who both paired it with minimal makeup for the rest of the face. The teal looked cool and refreshing on both beauties, as it works equally well on dark and fair skin types.. To get this look, makeup artist Fiona Styles advises that you use a dome-shaped brush to sweep the color over the lids (use a color like the teal shade from Lancome’s Spring Multipalette, $58), and continue the color to the inner corner of your eyes.
Pro Tip: “Use a warm nude lip color to add warmth to the face,” advises Styles.
Clean, Simple Nails:
Unlike the dazzling nail art of previous years, this year’s Oscars red carpet digits were pared back a bit, showing off the accents on the stars’ gown instead of becoming accents themselves. Nail artist Tom Bachik, L’Oréal Paris Global Nail Artist who did the nails for both Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lopez , said that he “wanted to create a clean, simple nail look that really played up the beaded adornment accents of Julianne’s gorgeous gown.” To achieve this, he filed a short, natural nail shape to elongate the hands for an ultra-feminine look, and applied a classic color, a ballet slipper pink (try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Polish in Wishful Pinking, $5.99). For J-Lo, he created a monochromatic, tonal nail look to enhance her overall look.
Pro Tip: Add a little length to nails with clear tips to create a classic 1930s almond shape.