2011 Oscars After-Parties As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after-parties: V-Hudge’s new cut, Eva’s blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more…

Charlize Theron 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I LIVE for the award season after-parties! I really do. Especially at the Oscars, the red carpet bit has become a mostly pleasant but boring parade of Marchesa and peachy makeup and chignons—all totally acceptable, of course, but a bit lacking in terms of beauty entertainment, right? I’m much more drawn to the casualness of the after-party hair and makeup—not that every bit of prep work didn’t also go into achieving it. (It’s an art, I tell you. Don’t you panic every time you get an invitation that says “cocktail chic” or “smart casual” or some other equally vague term that requires extensive Googling?)

It’s no wonder that good stylists are in such high demand in Hollywood. The task at hand: not making the celeb look too formal, like she actually was an Oscars ceremony guest (that would be trying too hard), but nonetheless incredible enough to be photographed right alongside them, as if she could have been there too. Except her hair and makeup get to be waaaay more fun. Yay.com!

So we saw the best, we saw the worst—now, are you ready for more beauty parsing? Here are the attendees, in no particular order (although you will notice that they get progressively worse). PLUS! Two extra-special bonus photos at the end that will make your day. I promise.

BEST CHOP: Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Thank GAWD the V-Hudge finally lost those long and tacky extensions. Now, the only thing we need to work on is toning down the makeup (it’s not bad, but there’s always so much of it).

BEST COLOURFUL EYE: Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Look. At. Her. I love this woman. And I SO appreciate what she does for us to keep things exciting, such as that pop of periwinkle blue along the upper lash line. Would’ve still looked amazing with a plain brown smokey and her go-to pink lips… but this takes it to a whole new level.

HOW GWYNETH WISHES SHE LOOKED: Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2 As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Charlize has been keeping a low profile lately, but DAMN. When she brings it, she really brings it. She totally aces the golden girl look—all honey hair and illuminated skin and barely-there makeup—and probably made Gwyneth (who did something similar) totally jellis. Don’t get me wrong, I thought G still looked good, but I simply cannot get over how well-preserved Charlize is, considering she’s only three years younger. Goopy’s skin looks a decade older.

BEST MODERN ’60s: Emma Stone

Emma Stone 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

After a short mourning period, I’m finally coming around to Emma as a blonde… and while I’m not loving how her bangs were cut (too wispy and short), I do otherwise enjoy her hair texture here. Love that lower-lid liner thing she does too—so gorgeous!

BEST MATCHY-MATCHY EYELINER: Lea Michele

Lea Michele 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

And speaking of eyeliner… hooray! Lea is listening to us, she’s really listening. Because she’s doing seksi instead of sweet, and it works so much better for her. I totally dig how her eyeliner echoes the navy dress, and the glossy pony gets full marks.

BEST QUIRKY BEAUTY: Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I lurrrrve Zoey; always have, always will. Maybe it’s because I have grandma tendencies myself, but I think her girly, vintagey thing is such a breath of fresh air on the red carpet. This is go-to Zoey hair and makeup here, with an extra emphasis on the lashes.

MOST DRAMATIC: Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

What Sharon Stone couldn’t pull off, Nicole Richie nails. I’m talking about emphasizing your eyes and lips at the same time (a tricky beauty move and usually not advisable). Here it works because of the simple hair and dress—plus, the cold hard truth is that it’s just a lot easier to wear on younger skin. Sorry Sharon.

BEST SIDESWEPT ‘DO: Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Liv doesn’t even need to DO anything to be gorgeous, she just IS. Her makeup is simple but flawless and all she needed to dress things up was to pull all her hair to one side.

MOST GLOWY: Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Is Kate looking radiant or what? I’m totally mesmerized here. Whoever did this makeup needs a gold star, because the bronzer and blush and subtle eye makeup are all expertly applied. Glad she ditched the blonde hair, too—brown is so much kinder to her skin tone.

BEST FAUX BOB: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I love a good faux bob, and the T-Swizzle’s is looking excellent here. (Here’s a good how-to, by the way.) And yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking re: the waves and the lipstick and the lashes/liner combo… but you know how she is, guys. Let’s at least be thankful we got something new with The Hair!

BEST LOW BUN: Dianna Agron

Diana Agron 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Even though the colour’s a bit brassy, I love the texture and that this looks like she DIY’d it—that’s the way it should be. Makeup is acceptable (although we’ve definitely seen it before). I’m taking away points for the smug expression (as a commenter pointed out, she does kind of have a beeyotch face sometimes).

BEST CALIFORNIA CASUAL: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Is it too casual? Maybe. But I think she still looks pretty decent—love the loose blowout, ruffled dress and low-key makeup. Wish she would’ve elevated it with a bright lip, like she wore here. Like Gwyneth, her skin isn’t holding up terrifically, but at least she’s not mucking it up with injections (that I can tell).

POOR MAN’S NATALIE PORTMAN: Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Even though it’s blonde, not brown, the idea behind the hair is the same as Natalie Portman’s: it’s got the brushed-out curls that I love, and it’s pinned behind one side. But I’d love to see Malin with a bit less root action (or maybe some lowlights to tone down the ends). Oh, and she’s got lipstick on her teeth. It happens!

WORST BANGS: Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Rashida’s such a pretty girl, but I really wish she’d grow out her bangs a little—why the heck are they so short and twee? Also, I think this is too much makeup for her. We’ll keep that lip, but less on the eyes, please.

MOST OVER-BRONZED: Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I don’t know if it’s just the lighting with this photograph, but Jess is looking really sooper dooper tanned here. Too much so, even for California, in February.

PASTIEST SKIN: Claire Danes

Claire Danes 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

And now the opposite problem. I hate to pick on Claire again after her slicked-back hair disaster, because this was definitely MUCH better. But it still wasn’t her best look. She’s got great skin, but it’s a little shiny and waxy and pasty-looking against her blonde hair and that white dress.

BEGGING FOR AN UPDO: Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I don’t know what is going on with this outfit, but all I know is that the cleavage, ruffles and lace bustier don’t need long hair added to the mix as well.

MOST DISAPPOINTING: Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I have a soft spot for Naomi, because we have the same hair type and I know we both struggle with the whole layers conundrum. But this is not good. A poor (and dated) execution of the half-up, half-down thing. Stick-straight is a much better look for her.

MOST CONTRIVED UPDO: Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I think this hair is too complicated for an after-party. If she’d just pulled it back simply, like Diana Agron, it would’ve been much improved. Also? I’m starting to think the gappy teeth have got to go. (As a friend recently pointed out, they’re only cute until you’re maybe 20, 25 at most. Unless you’re Lauren Hutton, they don’t age well.)

WORST LASHES: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

I didn’t think it was possible, but Kim Kardashian has gone even heavier on the lashes. Notice how many are on the lower lash line, folks. That’s GOT to be uncomfortable. And yes, once again, we have the OD on eye-area concealer.

WORST BROWS: Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

And brows are just the start of it, really. (They’re too pointy at the arch.) What else? The false lashes are way too long and fake-looking (even Kim’s are a better shape); the hair is way too tight and gelled; and I could do with a softer finish on the lip.

But if you thought that was bad… you might want to sit down now. Ready for the final two?

MOST MASK-LIKE: Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

This is why I don’t believe Tori and Dean are a real couple. They can’t be! I don’t know what Tori is hiding under that mask, but there’s no reason anyone—ever—should wear this much foundation, eyeliner, blush and lipstick. We also have a bit of an Eagle situation going on. I know it’s cruel, but I just HAVE to magnify this for you:

Tori Spelling 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party 2 As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

Whoa.

And finally…  as my parting gift to you, I’m leaving you with this little self-esteem booster. Who said models always looked perfect?

WORST NECKLINE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND: Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation Party As usual, the REAL beauty action was at the 2011 Oscars after parties: V Hudges new cut, Evas blue shadow, the return of Charlize and more...

How this happened, I am not sure. (And no, I don’t think Heidi got a bad sunburn—I believe it’s the reflection of the 100,000 mirrors she’s wearing on her upper body.)

And that wraps up our 2011 Oscars coverage!

Which after-party looks have you fallen in love with?
How do you think Dean felt about Tori’s makeup?
Doesn’t a bad Heidi Klum pic make your day?

27 Comments

Mia
Tuesday, March 1/2011 at 8:05 pm

Diana Agron looks gorgeous. The hair’s lovely and I know you think the makeup’s boring but it’s so pretty that I can understand why she does’t change it up much.

Tory…. ewww.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 3:21 pm
Jane
Tuesday, March 1/2011 at 8:38 pm

I am LOL-ing hard over “Worst Neckline in the History of Mankind”- I’ll say! Oy. The reflections are so…distracting. And poor poor Tori. What. The. Heck.

Gorgeous Diana, love Vanessa’s cut, Charlize is swoonworthy and I adore Kate’s make up! Glowy indeed- bet she is using a cream blush under a light dusting of bronzer- perfection! And I love that Cameron appears to be keeping it “real”.

Terrific post Oscar and after party posts!

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Jane
Tuesday, March 1/2011 at 8:40 pm

I wasn’t prepared for the Tori Spelling picture. Scary! All I can think of is….”Why so serious?”

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pria
Tuesday, March 1/2011 at 11:49 pm

omg! you really scared me with the tori spelling picture! she is already not that ahem… attractive… the painted on makeup doesn’t help at all. she kind of seems like a “forced” celebrity to me, someone who shouldnt be but just is because of mommy and daddy.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 3:23 pm

You know, I watched a few episodes of Tori & Dean Hollywood whatever… and she does have a certain charm. That was back when she was pregnant for the first time, though. I don’t know why she always has to cake on the makeup and dye the crap out of her hair. She’s actually quite attractive (if not conventionally pretty) when does light makeup, longer darker hair and she wears glasses.

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Kat
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 1:08 am

Oh dear, Hayden Pannetiere’s hair… that’s what I usually call piss yellow, like uncolored bleached hair after a bad red experiment.. I shudder. I’m glad you included Kate Beckinsale, she was my favorite party attendee by far! I don’t think Claire Danes was bad a t all though! I’m actually quite fond of the pale-statuesque-but-still-sweet thing she has going on! Oh, and Diana Agron TOTALLY has her Quinn Fabray face going on there!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 3:24 pm

Was I too hard on Claire? I probably read too much Lainey Gossip back in the day – that whole Karma Face thing. Or maybe it’s because she never looks quite at home on the red carpet – something awkward there.

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Beauty Reductionista
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 1:51 am

Hayden Panettiere – the girl has no style. Why does she always insist on trying to look 40 years older than her own age? She has major delusions about her image and constantly invokes Old Hollywood glamour which does NOT suit her AT ALL. First, it’s annoying when nobodies try too hard (yes, she’s a nobody); and second, she just looks awful.

Naomi Watts – she’s gorgeous but looks lifeless in this pic. She needed some more colour. Same thing for Amanda Seyfried! What’s with the natural looks gone awry?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 3:27 pm

I know! She always styles herself waaay too old for her age, it’s really weird. Maybe because always she dates men who are, like, a decade older as well?

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Klara
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 2:41 am

I hate Charlize (I don’t really) but she always looks so gorgeous and her hair looks amazing. I might try that blue shadow thingy that Eva Mendes did, it looks very nice on her. Diana Agron also looks beautiful as always and honestly, with that face I might be a bit smug too ;) Kim Kardashian just needs to tone it down, it’s ridiculous.

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Kris Coghlan
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 1:10 pm

Love the pictures and reading your comments!

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editor@lipstickpowdernpaint.com
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 1:18 pm

Is it me or is Eva`s face WAY darker than her neck? That girl needs to lighten up on the bronzer I think!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 3:27 pm

Good eye! I missed that. Looks like we have an Eagle situation going on there. I was distracted by the blue eyeshadow.

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ms manda
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 1:53 pm

Great post and so true. But can I ask why no one mentioned serena williams? Am I the only one who thinks there is something majorly wrong with her makeup, way worse than Jessica Szohr and nearly as bad as Tori Spelling…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 3:30 pm

Serena Williams was at the Oscars? I didn’t realize – no photos of her came through in the source I use. Just looked her up – she doesn’t look bad at all from far away, was it really that bad? http://www.stylebistro.com/Oscar+Gowns+2011/articles/eC8nYp5_Gu1/Serena+Williams+Dons+Ines+Di+Santo+Coral+Taffeta I can’t find a close-up!

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Monica
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 5:36 pm

I’m a big Eva & Kate fan because my hair is similar just never looks as fricken amazing + my highlights never come out as good. Getting over the hair envy, Charlize always has her game on…gorgeous! And poor rich girl Tori, money can’t buy beauty. (opps have to use my inside voice or is it inside writing?)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 5:18 pm

HAHA re inside writing! Poor Tori.

Re: the highlights – for brown hair, try lowlighting. Apparently that’s the secret to making them look natural on brunettes.

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Sophia
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 6:41 pm

Luuurving Charlize – there’s something about her lack of eyeliner that makes her look so youthful and awake.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 5:19 pm

Yes I feel like eyeliner would distract from the lovely all-over golden thing she’s got happening here.

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Meeka
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 8:43 pm

I love Eva & Charlize, they’re both always so gorgeous. I like Kate for the same reason, and for an “up and comer” I’ve been finding Diana Agron to be super pretty too. Personally I’m not feeling Nicole Richie’s look here, it’s a little too Robert Palmer for me. I’m still not feeling Emma’s blonde either, I still want to cry for her gorgeous red hair. I agree 100% with Beauty Reductionista re: Hayden, she fights her natural beauty trying so hard to be something she’s not. It ages her and it’s so unflattering. Funny enough, from a distance Heidi looks fantastic as usual but in this picture you’re right, not such a flattering neckline!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 5:20 pm
Snazzy
Monday, March 7/2011 at 4:51 pm

I agree with everything except Rashida. Her makeup is amazing and I love the bangs. They give a little schoolgirl charm and innocent to the vampy makeup. I love it!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 5:20 pm

It might be because I’ve been personally scarred by waaaay too short bangs – so I have an irrational fear/dislike.

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Emily
Monday, March 7/2011 at 10:11 pm

For me, Eva, Charlize, Lea and Kate win awards…
Thanks for the very entertaining post.

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vidasova lee
Tuesday, March 29/2011 at 8:55 am

Wow ……. Eva mendes .. she is a beautiful women, I am a big fan of her

Thanks for the post!

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Maggie
Thursday, April 19/2012 at 11:38 am

Wow… Amanda Seyfried sure looks terrible!
Love Liv, Taylor, Cameron and Vanessa! :)

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