BEST OF BEAUTY Oscars 2019

The 91st Academy Awards was surrounded by a fair bit of controversy and we knew it will be different from previous years. They decided not to have a host which is a big shame, sometimes the host was the main reason I watched the show, especially back in the day when Billy Crystal shined in the role. They also wanted to introduce a Best Popular Movie category and give out a few key awards (like cinematography) in the commercial breaks both of which ideas were quickly dismissed in the face of public outcry. I have to say, in the end, the ceremony was pretty unimaginative, the highlights were Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing ‘Shallow’ and, of course, the lovely Olivia Coleman’s acceptance speech.

Beauty-wise, the Oscars is where the stars go for the safest options, this year wasn’t an exception, actually, it was a bit more difficult to put together a ‘Best of makeup’ list. Hair was a different story, there were a good few new shapes, colours, accessories and styles on the red carpet.

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Charlize Theron’s hairstylist Adir Abergel, inspired by the Japanese indigo Dior dress Charlize was wearing, coloured the actor’s hair deep brown and chopped it off just a week before the Oscars. I really loved how her new hair color has created a contrast to the beautiful shade of the gown while makeup artist Kate Lee provided another pop of colour with makeup. The gorgeous red shade Charlize is wearing is, apparently, Dior Addict Lipstick in Lacquer Stick in Party Red.

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Emma Stone went for a bronze brown monochromatic look, hair, eye makeup and sequinned dress working hand in hand to achieve this sophisticated look. I really like the dark tones against Emma’s skin that is lightened with the soft peaches used on her cheeks and lips.

Her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin used all Sisley, here are what she used: “I really wanted to make the eyes the main focus of this look. I applied the Phyto Eye Twist in Copper to the lid, crease and lower lash. I then applied the Topaze shade across the lid to define the edges to blend it with the PhytoKhol Star Waterproof Eyeliner in Sparkling Brown for a smoky, coppery look. To amp up the colour, I put a swipe of Phyto Ombre Glow in Amber across the lid to further emphasize the colours of the dress. I filled her brows in using the Phyto-Sourcils Design Brow Pencil in Brun. I then finished the eyes with a few coats of the New So Volume Mascara in Deep Black for a dramatic, voluminous look. Emma is also wearing: Sisley Phyto-Blanc Cushion Foundation, Phyto Blush Eclat blush duo, Instant Eclat Glow Primer as a highlighter.

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Emilia Clarke has gone for a great hair transformation too, it looks like dark brown hair and short bobs will be in this year. The rich, glossy brown shade (courtesy of British hairstylist and colourist, Nicola Clarke) is just a little bit darker than her natural colour but just like in Emma’s and Charlize’s case I love the contrast it creates with her pale skin.

Her makeup artist Jillian Dempsey used Dolce & Gabbana Beauty to achieve this look, here are the details: DG Millennialskin On-the-Glow Tinted moisturizer in Cream Light and Longwear Concealer in Light, blush in Rosebud 33, Intenseeyes Creamy Eyeshadow Stick in Shimmer 7, Emotioneyes High Definition Eyeliner Stylo in Nero 1, Passioneyes Mascara in Nero1, Dolcissimo Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pink 5. The matching pink lips and cheeks provided a lovely hint of warmth against the cool lilac dress she was wearing.

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Apart from the fake lashes I love everything about, Danai Gurira’s look. Her hairstyle was inspired by African Princess Royalty, her hairstylist  Larry Sims said he wanted to create something “strong, regal and elegant that complemented her dress along with her 1920’s Fred Leighton headband so we went for gorgeous regal braids. Danai’s makeup was all about her glowing skin paired with a softly blended black-purple-gold smoky eye and a red-brown glossy lip.

Her makeup artist, Tym Buacharern used drugstore makeup, here are the details: BLK/OPL True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15 in Black Walnut, BLK/OPL ColorSplurge Brow Shaper Kit in Deep Brown, the gold and pink shades from the BLK/OPL ColorSplurge Eyeshadow Quads in Sahara, BLK/OPL ColorSplurge Automatic Eye Lining Pencil in Licorice, Super Volumizing Mascara True Color Illuminating Stick in Amber Lights along her brow bone, bridge of her nose and cheeks, Bronze Glow on her cheeks, BLK/OPL ColorSplurge Patent Lips in Copper Tone. 

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Constance Wu’s custom marigold Versace gown was the starting point of her makeup created by Molly Greenwald. “We wanted to make sure the makeup matched such a glamorous and timeless look” said Molly who used Pat McGrath Labs to achieve this fun look proving that you don’t have to shy away from using strong, bright colours like yellow and red at the same time. Here are the product details:

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V BronzeSeduction palette (Bronze Blaze and Entrapment on the eyes, Skinshow Divine Glow on the lip for extra dimension), PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Blitz Brown and Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Xtreme Black on top, Fetish Eyes Mascara, Skin Fetish Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio, Major Red PermaGel Ultra lip pencil, Matte Trance lipstick in Vendetta.

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Laura Harrier’s dress (sustainable Louis Vutton for the Green Carpet challenge) and prom-style hair is not my cup of tea but her makeup is perfection.
Working with Chanel, to create the pastel blue shade on her eyes, makeup artist Hung Vanngo used a blend of Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in Pourpre Profond and Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Nuage Bleu. He was pairing the blue toned eyes with glowing skin and sophisticated red lips.
Laura is also wearing: moisturizer, face mist and eye cream from the Hydra Beauty range, Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation in Beige Rose 92, Beige Rose 102,Le Correcteur De Chanel Longwear Colour Concealer in Caramel, Poudre Universelle Powder in 40 Dore, Baume Essentiel Highlighter in Sculpting, Le Lion De Chanel Illuminating Powder, Joues Contraste Blush in Foschia Rosa, Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow in Poupre Profond, Nuage Bleu, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Espresso, Inimitable Mascara in Noir, Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Defining Brow Pencil in Brun Profond, Le Gel Sourcils Longwear Eyebrow Gel in Brun, Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care and Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick in Beat.
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Ashley Graham went for a chic matte look with a sleek bun decorated with small velvet bows at the back. This Sophia Loren-inspired polished look was created by makeup artist Kate Synnott using Revlon. Here are the products she used:
Photoready Candid Natural Finish Foundation in Medium Beige, Photoready Candid Anti-Oxidant Concealer in Biscuit, Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder, Instant Cheek maker Make me Bronze, Powder Blush in Naughty Nude, ColorStay Cream Eyeshadow in Cognac, ColorStay Looks Book Eyeshadow Palette in Enigma, ColorStay Liner in Black, Volumizing Mascara in Black, ColorStay Brow Creator in Soft Brown and Medium Brown, Super Lustrous Lipstick in Audacious Mauve and Nude Attitude.
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Gemma Chan wore a show-stopping ruffled fuchsia Valentino gown so her makeup artist Monika Bunder decided to complement that with a simple but chic look. She decided to make Gemma’s eyes the focal point of the makeup so she created a  strong graphic liner with emerald shadow on the lower lash line I like how her pink lipstick has a warm undertone which created a nice contrast with the dress’ cool tone, hence avoiding the look to be too ‘matchy-matchy’. Blunder used Cle de Peau Beaute, here are the details: Intensive Fortifying Emulsion for prepping the skin, Radiant Fluid Foundation in Medium Ochre Intensifying Liquid Eyeliner, Eye Liner Pencil in Blue, the lip colour is a mix of three products: Cream Blush #2 (this was used on the cheeks too), Lipstick in Lotus Flower with just a small amount of gloss on top.

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All the shades of pink and fuchsia were a real hit on the evening and Dame Helen Mirren’s choice of the shade was one of the best. She wore a bright custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture tulle gown in pink and orange so her makeup artist decided to bravely match her lipstick with it. It all worked out really well and the look brightened Mirren’s complexion. I found the blusher a little bit too much but overall, this was such a fun look for the already Oscar-winning actor.

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Tessa Thompson paid a perfectly chic homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld who sadly passed away recently. Using her black and gold Chanel dress as an inspiration, her makeup artist, Alex Babsky, designed a gold and bronze smoky eye, nude lip combination. Wearing her hair down and brushed back gave the whole look a more relaxed yet polished vibe. Here are the details of the makeup (all Chanel): Le Teint Ultra Tenue foundation, Le Correcteur De Chanel Longwear Colour Corrector, Le Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in 70, Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Bronze, Eyeshadow in Patine Bronze, Code Elegants, Quintessance, Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Noir, Inimitable Mascara in Noir Black, La Gel Sourcils Longwear Eyebrow Gel in Brun, Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Natural and Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Chicness.

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Even Lady Gaga went a little bit conservative on Oscar night, her makeup was quite natural and subtle compared to the bold, dramatic looks she usually wears, but no wonder, her jewellery, that is her necklace was the focus of her look, the whole night actually: she wore the biggest diamond in the world worth about £23 million that was previously worn by Audrey Hepburn. Gaga’s whole look was a fantastic homage to Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the all-black Alexander McQueen dress, the long gloves her updo and makeup.

“Her makeup was all about being soft, fresh and young. We didn’t want anything to distract from this special moment,” said Sarah Tanno, Gaga’s go-to makeup artist who used all Marc Jacobs Beauty to achieve this look. Here are the details: Under(Cover) perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation and the Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick in Medium 33, Medium 36, Powder in Muse, Air Blush in Lush & Libido, Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Steel(etto), Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Steel(etto), Velvet Lash Primer, Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir, Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Slow Burn.

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I am glad Yalitzia Aparicio didn’t wear red this time, the seafoam green Rodarte gown looked so beautiful against her skin tone. Her makeup artist Carissa Ferreri used soft shades of pinks, peaches and corals on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. “Creating a Spring Goddess over here!” Ferreri wrote in an Instagram post of the Arbonne products she was using. “As soon as I saw the dress, I thought of spring and rebirth,” says Ferreri. The colours Ferreri chose are subtle, soft and sweet, perfect for an Oscar debut.

Here are the product details: Arbonne RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser, mixed in with Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Cleansing Polish,  RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner and RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum, Ferreri sealed it all in with her own facial roller, for the eyes: the gold and peachy shades from the Arbonne It’s All In the Eyes Volume 2 Palette with Calloway (a dusty pink) and Clove (a pink clay), two shades from Volume 1, blush in Blossom, Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Zinnia.


Kacey Musgraves also went with the pink theme  wearing a “cotton candy confection’ in the show-stopping Giambattista Valli Haute Couture” so her makeup artist, Moani Lee designed a delicate makeup look to go with it. “I have always been inspired by the old Italian film stars and I wanted to embrace a modern take on an iconic Hollywood sultriness with a touch of freshness.” Lee has used Pat McGrath Labs, here are the products she used: Mothership I Subliminal palette (Taupe, Gold 002, Depth, Skinshow Nude), Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Xtreme Black blended with Xtreme Black Eyeshadow, FetishEyes Mascara, Skin Fetish Highlighter and Balm Duo in Nude, Iridescent Pink 003 on top,  PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil in Supernatural, LuxeTrance lipstick in Donatella and Gloss in Flesh Fantasy.


As I mentioned before, it seems short bobs will be in this year, Irina Shayk’s version was sleek with sharp lines that worked with the black Burberry dress she wore. Her makeup was understated, fresh and glowing designed by Tatyana Makarova using Marc Jacobs Beauty. Irina is wearing Shameless Foundation, Accomplice Concealer and Touch Up Stick, Accomplice Blurring Beauty Powder in ingenue • Bronzer • O!Mega Shadow Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Prim-O!, Daddi-O! and O!Yeah, Velvet Lash primer,  Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Black and Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Mocha Choco-Lata.


Brie Larson’s makeup and hair looked quite laidback with neutral, rusty tones and textured beachy waves, but that was a perfect match for her form-fitting, bold, sequin Celine dress with a high halter neckline and a major thigh-high slit. makeup artist Nina Park used all Chanel Beauty skin and makeup products to create this look, here are the details:

Le Tonique Anti-Pollution Invigorating Toner, Hydra Beauty Serum Hydration Protection Radiance,  Hydra Beauty Creme,  Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation in Beige 30, Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Colour Concealer in 20 Beige and 30 Beige, Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer, Chanel Poudre Universelle  Libre Powder in 30 Naturel, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush in 22,  Joues Contraste Blush in In Love, Le Tissage Blush in Tweed Beige,  Highlighter in White Opal, Highlighter in Sculpting, Le Beige Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Powder in 20 (as eyeshadow), Eyeshadow in Lueurs Ambrees, Eyeliner in Espresso, Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in Noir, Brow pencil in Blond Cendré, Brow mascara in Transparent, Lip liner in Mordoré, Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur Jumbo Longwear in Bois Rose, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Chicness.

Let me finish this post with a picture of a very happy (and clumsy – he nearly fell into the Orchestra pit after the show) Rami Malek to bring you luck! While Bohemian Rhapsody by no means was the film of the year for me, he did an excellent job at portraying Freddie Mercury so congratulations!


And bonus pictures from after the fall :))





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