Yeah, I can’t quite believe I just wrote that headline either. But ’tis true: the world is going nutso for Olivia lately, and I can’t help but notice that she’s been pulling off some kick-ass beauty moves that deserve our praise. (Her acting? Well, I have to say I agree with Lainey on that front.)
Anyway, Olivia was also just named, along with Emma Stone, as a face of Revlon, so clearly other powers that be are taking notice as well. And while I still think Emma is adorbs—she’s basically a beauty editor’s dream come true, what with all the hair and makeup experimentation—I’m dedicating today’s post to Olivia because I love a good makeover story. It was only in January 2010 that she was attending red carpet events in makeup I SWEAR was inspired by Barbie. (Seriously—did you know they’re giving Barbies way too much purple eyeshadow these days? It’s disturbing.) But fast forward a year and a half and she’s toned it down (while still glamming it up) and the result is beauty icon territory. Come see her four best looks of late…
THE POM-POM PONYTAIL
How much do I love this? A whole lot. It’s fun and it’s playful, but it’s not crossing the line into Gaga territory or anything like that. Obvi the longer the hair, the better with this look, and I think it works best with bangs as well. The man behind it was David Babaii (yes, maker of an excellent and well-priced line of eco hair products), who blew-dry it straight before wrapping it in an elastic every 1/2- to 1-inch down the ponytail. You’ll want to use snag-free elastics: Goody makes great clear ones and so does Sephora (theirs come in clear, black AND brown!). Gently pull a bit of the hair out from in between each section to get the pom-pom effect.
THE SOFT GREY SMOKIES
Could those cheekbones cut glass or what? But now direct your attention to the eye makeup, please. You’re looking at the kind of smoky eye we all dream of: blending your eyeshadow doesn’t get better than this. It’s all Chanel, and started with a kohl pencil all the way around the eyes and waterlines. On the lids is a brand new long-wearing cream shadow that I’m going to be talking about in an editor’s picks vid VERY soon—if I’m not mistaken, I am wearing this same shimmery silvery grey shade myself today and it is indeed an incredible product. The MUA then used a black shadow to create definition at the outer corners before blending, blending, blending. So perfect.
THE SLIGHTLY ’60S HAIR AND MAKEUP
This one is my fave, and you know what Olivia did here? She managed to achieve what I never could with my Ombré. I, too, had golden-brown hair that graduated into blonde AND bangs. So why does it look so much better on her? Not fair. (Probably it’s the length and the waviness. And oh yeah, those cheekbones.) Anyway, paired with liner just on the top lid, and pretty pink lips, the whole thing gives off a modern Jean Shrimpton sort of effect. I want to look like this every time I go out.
THE HEADBAND AND RED LIPS
Okay, ignore that side boob. (Who walks a red carpet with side boob?) Anyway, continuing on the ’60s theme we have here a gorgeous little bump ‘n headband combo. I think it’s the loose waves (and again, Ombré colour) that save this look from being TOO retro—as does the bold choice of red lips. If you actually wore a bra, and a blouse that wasn’t sheer, this would work really well for the office, no? To get the bouffant effect, hold the hair straight up and backcomb in three short strokes using a paddle brush. Spray with hairspray. Just make sure you don’t backcomb the top layers as you want to keep them looking smooth and tangle-free.
Are you digging Olivia Wilde’s hair and makeup too?
Which of these recent red carpet looks is your fave?
Which one would you actually try? You know, I might have to give the pom-pom pony a go…