The awards season has officially ended with the Oscars last week and gosh, did we have some jaw-dropping beauty moments on the red carpet this year! While the fashion weeks were also in full swing at the same time, dramatic cut creases, glossy eyelids and neon colours were put on a backburner for a few nights to see what the world’s best beauty make-up artists have got for us in store. I think red carpet looks always come handy when you’re looking for makeup inspiration for a night out so I always keep my eyes open for the beauty trends on major events. While the SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globes are more relaxed when it comes to beauty looks, I’m going to have a look at the Academy Awards or Oscar’s, the biggest red carpet that gets the most attention!
Looking at most of the red carpet pictures, three looks were in majority.
The classic red lip was incredibly popular this year:
We had a good few smokey eyes:
Here are the ladies who wore a soft, neutral look:
Here are the ladies who favoured flicks or bright colour on the eyes too:
There was not too much variety in this last category, the ladies of Hollywood played it quite safe but that’s okay, the Oscar’s red carpet is not necessarily for showing off avant-garde runway trends (the Met Gala is more like that) but luxurious beauty makeup that brings out the best in the person wearing it.
I picked my favourites from the night, the ones where not just the makeup was brilliantly executed but the whole look came together beautifully.
One of the big beauty winners of the night for me is Olivia Culpo. With that lavender wash of colour all over the eyes, she looked unique and fun. I love how Sir John, her make-up artist, toned down everything else, which makes the colour pop and turns the whole look really modern.
Emma Stone: the glossed old Hollywood waves paired with crimson lips is a fabulous, classic choice for the Oscars. Rachel Goodwin, Stone’s make-up artist had two months to prep the look and she was inspired by a 19th-century painter Gabriel Rossetti because he always painted redheads. Her look has added elements from the 1930s, 1940s too which resulted in a wonderful fusion of styles. Didn’t she look like perfection?
Chrissy Teigen was wearing a beautiful neutral contoured look courtesy of Mary Phillips that went perfectly with her sparkly jewellery and dress. Toning down the makeup was a great decision, it made the whole look young and relevant.
Here’s how to impress with not too much makeup at all: Viola Davis‘ low-key black liner, neutral lip and glowing, healthy skin complemented her new statement crop. She was oozing cool and style on the red carpet wearing an off-the-shoulder red gown.
Emma Roberts looked beautiful wearing sparkling warm gold tones paired with Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet with Kiss ‘N’ Tell Lip Cheat both from her make-up artist for the day Charlotte Tilbury. This classic, seductive look turned the young actress into a real Hollywood classic beauty and got her onto the ‘best of’ lists of all beauty magazines.
Patrick Ta prepared an effortless, glam look for Sofia Carson with sparkly light gold eyelids finished with a bold lip using Lorac Cosmetics. The Alter Ego Matte Lipstick in Pin Up complemented Sofia’s skin tone and beautiful hairstyle perfectly.
After 6 years of her last appearance at the Oscar’s, Hailee Steinfeld returned with a bang with one of the best looks of the night courtesy of Mary Phillips. The young actress looked stunning with a strong black-brown smokey eye that almost reached her brushed up brows. Pairing that with pale lip was a great decision, she looked like a beautiful, confident young woman that she naturally seems to be.
Taraji P. Henson‘s make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff loves colour, shine and drama and I think that reflects in the actress’ look really well without being overpowering. Inspired by the ’80s tv show Dynasty, adding modern elements Taraji looked lush wearing cool tones and a blue-silver combination around her eyes. She was definitely the queen of the red carpet that night.
Debuting in a perfect white art deco inspired Rubin Singer dress and fresh-faced Auli’i Cravalho looked magical on the red carpet. Make-up artist Kelly Shew let the 16-year-old Hawaiian’s beauty shine through with a youthful, soft, natural look.
Priyanka Chopra departed from her usual deep berry lip and Pati Dubroff created a really sultry sophisticated look with muted colours for the star. The soft smokey eye paired with a soft natural lip looked sleek with her straight hair deeply parted on the side.
Kirsten Dunst was bringing some rock ‘n’ roll to the red carpet with her cool black smokey eye, strong blush, red lip and effortless wavy hair breaking the pattern of all the Old Hollywood glam looks. Jillian Dempsey used a lipstick called Cerise from Chantecaille which I definitely will try, it looks so amazing on her!
Last but not least, one of my style crushes, Nicole Kidman who turns out, is the new global ambassador of Neutrogena. No surprise that make-up artist Jeanine Lobell (the founder of Stila) used mostly Neutrogena products on her for a fresh, dewy look. Only the lipstick was a bit of luxury: Armani red in #402.
Finally, just a quick mention of the two looks that didn’t do anything for me at all and didn’t do any justice to the ladies who wore them.
Dakota Johnson and Alicia Vikander are gorgeous looking women but somehow they both wore a bit unflattering and slightly ageing looks. Surely, they will do better next time.
That concludes my overview of the beauty looks of the Oscars. I am looking forward to seeing what the next season has in store for us. Until then there is plenty of inspiration on this season’s red carpets if we are stuck in a make-up rut.