Photo Credit: Chanel
It’s hard to write about beauty trends at the 2014 Oscars without focusing on the gorgeousness of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, but there were many ladies from Kristin Chenoweth to Anne Hathaway whose simple but understated style and glamour truly brought back the regal days of Hollywood.
The trend of the evening was clear from the get go: less is truly more when it comes to beauty these days. Here are some of the best trends we noticed on the red carpet, and tips on how to get the look at home.
Modern Day Liz Taylor on Vacation – Lupita Nyong’o
Makeup artist Nick Barose for Chanel wanted to create an old Hollywood glamour look but something fresher and not too retro. “So I took elements from classic movie stars like Liz Taylor—who was known for her cat eye—without being too heavy handed about it,” he said. He focused on an airy gray eyeshadow, slightly winged out at the outer corners, with a peachy lip that’s ethereal and fresh for spring. One star products used were Le Blush Creme de Chanel in circular motions on the apples of her cheeks. For the lips, Bose wanted a girlish color without being too sweet, which was our favorite shade of the evening. He prepped Lupita’s lips with new Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care followed by Rouge Allure lip color in Melodieuse, an angelic peach with a seductive edge. But because this lip color can easily fade around the edges and seem washed out rather than full, Barose used a lip pencil in key areas, then applied two coats of lipstick over the line with a brush.
A complicated but seemingly simple lip, but highly effective in the end.
Enhanced Natural Makeup – Anne Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway’s skin looked luminous at the Academy Awards and again, less was more. Makeup artist Kate Lee said she wanted Hathaway to be “the most beautiful version of herself.” She added, “I think the days of deeply sculpting the cheekbones and over-extending the eyebrows are over. A key trend in beauty right now is not about looking at people’s makeup, but at how beautiful they are. It’s about celebrating your unique individual features.” With this in mind, she used Perfection Lumière Velvet Beige Rosé 22 (launching this month) only on specific areas to create a diffusion of light. She shied away from a definite lip color and focused instead on enhancing Hathaway’s natural lip, and she chose a lipstick to match her natural lip color (Rouge Allure Matte Velvet Lip Color in La Caline) that she applied with one coat using a lip brush, blotted with paper, and finished with a dusting of loose powder for a natural look.
A Touch of Lippie – Leslie Mann
At the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar party, Leslie Mann was all about the lip. Makeup artist Elaine Offers said, “I wanted to give Leslie’s makeup a fresh, young look, with an emphasis on pink tones, to give a flattering counter balance to her gorgeous chartreuse gown.” Offers prepped Mann’s skin with Radical Skincare’s Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65) to give it a gentle glow, and followed up with Radical Skincare’s Youth Infusion Serum to lock in that moisture and firm skin,” said Offers. Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Incorrigible ($49) added that perfect pink pop.
Perfect, Sleek Short Hair – Kristin Chenoweth
It was hard to miss the playful, youthful look that Kristin Chenoweth sported on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday: her glossy do seemed to shine brighter than the lights. Celebrity Stylist Jonathan Hanousek created a playful long layered pixie with side-swept bangs that highlighted Kristen’s signature cocktail of refined whimsy. His advice to women with hort, fine hair like Kristen’s? Go back in after hair is set and spray L’Oréal Professionnel Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo to build volume and texture without weighing the hair down. Her makeup blended it all together, making this look a truly “less is more” statement.
Nude Lip and Luminous Skin – Julia Roberts
The inspiration for Julia’s clean, glamorous look came from her custom lace Givenchy couture gown. Lancôme makeup artist Genevieve Herr created a clean, nude lip with contoured, smoldering eyes. She used the new Lancôme Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur, a dual-finish multi-tasking powder and foundation, and Rouge in Love lipstick in “Delicate Lace” to polish the luminousw look.
Fresh and Breezy – Jessica Biel
Kayleen McAdams, ck one color global makeup artist wanted to create a “really fresh, light and feminine” look for Biel since there were so many beautiful pastels in her dress. She prepped the actress’ skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base. She then used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by concealer underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out Jessica’s skin. A brief bit of sculpting on the cheekbones followed and multi0-tasking bronzer on the eyelids. She used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover the whole lip with a matte pink.
Smooth and Simple – Camilla Alves
Camila Alves, wife of Oscar-award winner Matthew McConaughy, was all about the glow during Oscar night. Celebrity makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune for Votre Vu said, “Our inspiration for tonight’s look on Camila was very old classic Hollywood with a modern twist featuring warm and golden tones.” He matched much of the lip color to her soft flush pink/salmon Gabriella Cadena dress—complete with a show stopping open back.
It would seem that many actresses wore pink/nude on their lips that evening, and while nude ruled the night, so did luminous skin. Fontbrune applied Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses on Alves’ lips, and created a hydrated glow with Votre Vu Attentive Crème du Jour applied withbrush. Fontbrune used VBeaute’s Nourishing Repair Eye Cream all around her eyes. Lastly, he lined and filled her lips with Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liner in Naked, applied French Kiss in Lisette on top, and finished off the lips with Lip Lustre in Tender (available in Spring/Summer 2014).
Nude meets luminous: check, check.