You could describe the fashions at last Sunday night’s Academy Awards as black and white and red all over, with a bit of gold thrown in for ultimate glamour. From Angelina Jolie’s leg peeping black Versace number to Jennifer Lopez’s shimmering Zuhair Murad dress, the gowns provided as much entertainment as the show itself. But a red carpet look is not made by dress alone, and each of the beautiful presenters, winners and guests donned stylish hair and makeup looks to help their fabulous fashions stand out. Here is a look at some of our favorites.
Presenter Gwyneth Paltrow wowed the fashion critics with her Tom Ford white cape dress, while her on stage banter with Robert Downey Jr. entertained both real and virtual audiences. As for her makeup, that was all thanks to NARS celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez. “It’s elegantly bronzed,” stated Leslie of the red carpet look she created for Gwyneth. Applying NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 PA +++, she complemented the white dress with a sun-kissed look. Gwyneth’s eyes featured NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow, while her lips shone with NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lip Gloss.
Known for her minimalist style, The Descendents star Shailene Woodley upped the glamour quotient with a chic up do and an elegant Valentino dress. Makeup artist Stephen Sollitto used Hourglass Cosmetics to create a complementary look that parlayed big-time allure. “Her look is about luminous skin, defined eyes and a sophisticated palette of coppers and bronzes,” stated Stephen. The makeup he used included Hourglass’s best-selling Veil Mineral Primer, as well as Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Shell, Superficial Waterproof Bronzer, Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara and Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss in Eden.
While the verdict is still out on “The Help” star Emma Stone’s red Giambattista Valli gown (though, I personally LOVED it), her hair was without a doubt show stopping. Created by celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak for Couture Colour Pequi Oil, the elegant “do” featured a modern bun with a twist worthy of the star studded night. “It was all about the dress,” said stylist Mara. “The bow of the dress reminded me of a flower and the bun in the back went from ear to ear to look like a flower with a loose and fresh feel.”
Oscar presenter Penelope Cruz channeled old Hollywood glamour in her slate blue Giorgio Armani dress. For her skin to have a sun-kissed glow, she turned to Matthew Van Leeuwen of St. Tropez to create a sunless contemporary tan. “I wanted to give Penelope a nice, subtle glow so I combined an equal amount of the St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion with the St. Tropez Rose Skin Illuminator and applied it all over her upper body. Next, I dusted the St. Tropez Bronzing Rocks over her shoulders, back and décolletage to finish it off,” Matthew explained.
In a larger than life, Alexander McQueen embroidered gown, Jessica Chastain, Oscar nominee for her role in “The Help,” looked approachably fresh with her makeup by mark celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh. To get that glowing complexion, Mai applied mark Primed for Perfection Face Primer and mark Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation with Mineral Pigments in Buff and dabbed mark Good Riddance Hook Up Concealer in Fair/Light under eyes and around her nose.
Dancing with the Stars star and George Clooney’s date, Stacy Keibler stood out on Oscar night in her beautiful gold gown by Marchesa. Her glowing skin was thanks to celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglesis who used Biore’s new Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser to prep Stacy’s complexion. “Before I start applying makeup, I make sure my clients have clean, fresh skin,” stated Melanie. “That’s why I prepped Stacy’s skin by cleansing with the new Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser. Then I created a beautiful, dewy look that lets her natural skin shine through.”