After months of rigorous film promoting and campaigning, we have arrived at the finale of the award season, the red carpet of all red carpets, the Oscar’s. Last Sunday finally after the black dress code of other award ceremonies we could feast our eyes on a very colourful red carpet.
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Thankfully, we could see a wide variety of beauty looks too, ranging from the ultimate ‘no-makeup’ makeup of Margot Robbie to the pop of colour fun worn by Emma Stone.
Here are my favourites of the night.
The Black Panther cast has been on point with their beauty looks and fashion choices all season, this night was no exception. Lupita Nyong’o saved the best for last, wearing a metallic gold Atelier Versace dress, she looked like a goddess covered in golden highlight from head to toe.
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Lupita seems to be a big fan of the colour blue, she has worn blue eyeshadow several times, she has even tried blue lipstick once. She knows exactly what shades suit her and I love her for it. The focus of her makeup was the cobalt blue eyeshadow blended into a cat flick in the outer corners beautifully paired with golden highlights and rose-gold glossy lips. Her hairstylist Vernon Francois was inspired by traditional Rwandan hairstyles to create the show-stopping braided updo that wrapped around her head like a crown, with gold thread woven throughout that went perfectly with the regal feel of the whole look.
The gorgeous Danai Gurira paired her super-feminine, light-blush Gabriela Hearst dress with a fierce metallic white graphic hair tattoo inspired by African ancestral tribal face paint. Gurira’s stylist Vernon Scott created a look that paid homage to the actress’ roots and made the design stand out by painting it with eyeliner. The only pop of colour was her dark berry lipstick.
Margot Robbie and Pati Dubroff worked together again creating a very fresh, soft look for the actress that complemented the stunning white Chanel dress she picked for the night. A wash of light silver on the eyelids was paired with a youthful-looking light pink blush, a blend of Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Cecile and the new Rouge Coco Lip Blush Hydrating Lip and Cheek Sheer Colour in Tender Rose.
One of the most fun looks of the night was Emma Stone’s. Her make-up artist, Rachel Goodwin’s inspiration was the ‘high glamour and powerful feeling of the early ’80s’. Purples and pinks suit Emma’s colouring perfectly, she was even brave enough to go for draping (a blush technique that blends blush up to the temple into the eyeshadow) that was blended to perfection with a mix of two Nars blush shades called Buzzed and Kingpen. She wore a silky Louis Vuitton trouser-suit that had an 80s feel to it, so no surprise Rachel took her inspiration from the era.
While Kelly-Marie Tran’s cool character in Star Wars was breaking barriers on screen in terms of representation, she is not only charming everyone with her wits and a great sense of humour in real life but wowing her ever-growing fan base with her gorgeous beauty looks. She debuted the Oscars this year wearing a dreamy light blue Jenny Peckham dress with a sexy low-cut neckline, soft makeup with light blue eyeshadow and peach lipstick (courtesy of Mai Quynh) paired with a perfect twisted updo. I particularly love the Chopard earrings she has chosen for the night.
Taraji P. Henson is a real pro when it comes to red carpet appearances and she is getting it right every single time creating stand-out looks one after the other. Her makeup for this year’s Oscar’s was created by her longtime make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff. She used her own foundation over a Fenty Beauty primer to achieve a flawless base, added silver eyeshadow and lashings of Lip Bar Liquid Matte Creme in Savage and Drama over the lips that complemented her flowy, custom-made Vera Wang gown.
Despite her young age, the talented Zendaya truly knows how to wow people on the red carpet. Just like Taraji, she is getting it right every single time. She wore a one-shouldered chocolate shade Giambattista Valli Dress with a beautifully blended dark bronze smokey eye and skin sculpted/blended to perfection by Sheika Daley using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in shade 7, Magic Foundation in shade 9, Hollywood Contour Wand in Dark/Medium, Hollywood Beauty Light Wand highlighter, Retoucher concealer in 6, Airbrush Flawless Finish powder in shade 3, Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita, Brow Lift in Naomi, Legendary Brows in Clear and Lip Lustre in Hall of Fame. The makeup look was inspired by the ’70 ‘Mahogany’ glam The simplicity of the topknot hairstyle made the look edgy and modern.
Here’s another creative makeup look: yes, it’s Saoirse Ronan again (she’s done really well with her beauty looks this season)! Makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua was inspired by late 19th-century Japanese manga style and cherry blossoms in Paris and Tokyo in the springtime while hairstylist Adir Abergel used the 1990s as a reference. Kara Yoshimoto Bua used Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Lip Blush (Tender Rose and Orange Explosif) on Saoirse’s cheeks, eyes and the centre of her lips, added a subtle taupe eyeliner, brown mascara and clear brow gel. This wonderful fusion of influences looked well balanced, unique and chic with the already iconic petal-pink Calvin Klein By Appointment dress reminiscent of a kimono. This is a great example of the fascinating process of getting from the inspiration to the final look and this is exactly what attracted me to makeup artistry all those years ago. I still can’t help but find it captivating.
Revlon beauty ambassador Gal Gadot looked gorgeous as ever at the Oscars. She wore a silver sequined Givenchy dress with a Tiffany & Co. drop-down necklace and unsurprisingly, her make-up artist Sabrina Bedrani used mostly Revlon products on her. Her base was ColorStay Foundation, set by ColorStay Pressed Powder, then she added Color Creme Eyeshadow, Mega Multiplier Mascara and finished the look by adding a lip liner in Wine all over the lips and Super Lustrous Lipstick Red Bombshell in the middle. Her brows were left quite natural and all the contours, bronzers and highlights were blended to perfection.
Allison Janney ‘s makeup was perfect at Oscar night and complimented her beautiful red Reem Acra dress. Her make-up artist Collier Strong used Armani Luminous Silk as a base, Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk & Puff to create perfect plum cheeks and created a beautifully defined eye with lashings of eyeliner, L’oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara and the new Glossier Lidstar eyeshadow in Fawn and Moon for an added sparkle.
I love it when Helen Mirren wears a subtle smoky eye with a stronger lip. I think this is when her beauty really shines through and this style goes incredibly well with her amazing signature hair-cut. Since she is a brand ambassador, I am guessing she is wearing all L’oreal, unfortunately, I haven’t found any details on her beauty look. She looked radiant as ever wearing a beautiful shade of blue Christian Siriano dress and added the impressive looking Harry Winston sapphires and diamonds.