At the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, the tone was all about Hollywood elegance. Stars truly took to the stage wearing gorgeous couture gowns, glamorous up-dos, and soft makeup reminiscent of Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, and Marlene Dietrich in their heyday. On a beauty note, it was hard to peel one’s eyes off the terrific hair.
And truly, it was the hair that set the standard for the Oscar, but the makeup spoke volumes too. Here are the ladies we think shone on the red carpet, and how you can get their look.
Anne Hathaway’s face was carefully done by Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee who said that her inspiration for the makeup came from the star’s beautiful soft pink Prada dress. This was the time for some real “Movie Star Beauty”—so the look ended up being all about timeless beauty and glamour. Lee started off by prepping the actress’ skin with Hydra Beauty Serum and Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup. For the cheekbones, jaw line, and upper lip, Lee highlighted it with Make Up For Ever’s Uplight (a tremendously effective product). She also complemented the cheekbone by using Illamasqua’s Color Pigment in Hollow. She used Chanel’s Powder Blush in Stardust and perfectly balanced lips with Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Seduisante.
Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik gave Anne Hathaway a simple and elegant set of nails after hearing that the actress was a big fan of subtle nail art. Anne chose to add a personal touch to her look by having Tom add meaningful initials to her ring fingers. Tom went with a pale baby pink shade from L’Oréal Paris’ new limited-edition Versailles Romance Colour Riche Nail Collection (coming out in March) called “The Palace Life” ($5.99). On Anne’s ring fingers, he used a metallic silver nail pen to delicately paint the initials of Anne’s grandmothers (maternal and paternal).
Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel, who has worked closely with Anne this awards season, created another beautiful look for the star. Inspired by the clean lines of Anne’s Prada gown and 1950s glamour, Abergel first applied Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel ($25) from roots to ends to maximize volume in short hair, then blow drying the hair for natural texture. He completed the look by using the Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray ($39) for the perfect all-night hold.
It was impossible to ignore the Welsh actress’ stunning wavy hair on the red carpet. Catherine Zeta-Jones stole the show with her hair more than her makeup (although her smokey eyes were drop dead dramatic). To create those beautiful loose waves, which seemed to be everywhere on the red carpet on Oscar night, blow dry hair with a heat protectant oil like Garnier’s Moroccan Oil ($5.99) and use Pureology’s Silk Bodifier volumizing mousse for shine control and volume. Create a middle part and set hair in a 1 1/2 inch curling iron using Supreme Control Zero Dulling Hairspray for long-lasting hold. Smooth hair with a soft bristle brush and finish with your favorite control hairspray for shine and hold.
Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik created a nail look in keeping with the old Hollywood feel and liked the way light played off of the sheer fabric under the gold of Zeta-Jones’ gown. The idea behind the look was a full coverage nude. Tom filed Catherine’s nails into an elongated oval shape and then applied two coats of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Broadway Boogie, a limited-edition shade from the New York Nudes Collection ($5.99).
Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff gave Naomi Watts some truly gorgeous glam and polish at the Academy Awards. Dubroff prepped the Australian beauty’s skin with Hydra Beauty Serum and Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup, and dusted Chanel’s Powder Blush in Pink Explosion on the apples of her cheeks. On the cheekbones went Poudre Signée De Chanel Illuminating Powder. Since the eyes were a big focus of the look, Dubroff used the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner ($30) in Gris and Noir Intense to color in the inner rims and lash line to blend and soften the look.
The eyes were topped off with a sparkle to complement the dress with Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme and Epatant. The natural looking lips were Chanel’s Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Color in Mademoiselle.
Clairol’s Professional Celebrity Stylist Kiyah Wright gave Jennifer Hudson some truly shiny, sleek hair on Oscar night. She prepped the hair with Clairol Professional Jazzing in Coffee Bean and let it sit for 5 minutes before washing it out with Clairol Professional Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. She spritzed the hair with a lightweight silicone spray to tame flyaway strands and straightened small sections using a flat iron. Then she added clip-in extensions, cut wide set bangs, and created some dramatic waves for her onstage presence (you can do this by using a curling iron–we recommend at least a 1.5 inch barrel).
Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar award winning actress, wowed us with her gorgeous hair which celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler says is easy to achieve using a few of his preferred Leonor Greyl products. To get the look, prep the hair with Lait Luminescence Bi Phase, then section the hair into several parts. Blow dry the hair to create volume using Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice to really create that oomph level of volume. Butler recommends you use the mousse all the way from the roots to the tips before blow drying the hair. Using a setting spray, curl the hair with curling irons, tuck with pins, and create a glamorous up-do. The entire step-by-step can be viewed here.