5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after-parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Oscars 2012 - Vanity Fair Oscars Party - Olivia Wilde

Can I be honest? I liked the beauty looks going on at the Oscars parties waaay better than what was happening at the Oscars themselves. (Okay, maybe aside from Jessica C., Rose and Rooney.) With Emma letting me down, and my sudden disillusionment with Michelle Williams, and the let’s-not-even-talk-about-it Sandra Bullock tragedy, I guess it’s only natural that I sought comfort in the reassuringly excellent hair and makeup of celebs like Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Olsen and Kate Beckinsale.

All three made appearances at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, and between that event and the Elton John AIDS Foundation one, I was one happy beauty ed. In fact, I zeroed in on five key beauty trends that you should probably know about. (*Fancy ballgown not required.)

1. Supermodel hair

Kate Hudson

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Party Kate Hudson 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Bar Refaeli

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Bar Refaeli 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

 Alessandra Ambrosio

Oscars 2012 Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party Alessandra Ambrosio 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

There’s something I just love about wearing your hair long, loose and undone with a fancy schmancy dress. It’s that whole Victoria’s Secret supermodel contrast thing—you go sexy below the neck, but all fresh-faced and natural with the face and hair. As you can see, being supermodels, Bar and Alessandra have this look down-pat. But it looks great on non-model Kate too. The key is the imperfection—you don’t want your hair to look too obviously curled or “done.”

2. The high bun

Olivia Wilde

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Olivia Wilde 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Amy Adams

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Amy Adams 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Jessica Lowndes

Oscars 2012 Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party Jessica Lowndes 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

So I just wrote a beauty story on this for a magazine, which means it MUST be a bona fide trend. Ha! No really, it is. We saw the high bun at the Oscars on Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey, Rooney Mara and Shailene Woodley. I kinda like Olivia’s version here the best though. It’s pulled off the face for that instant facelift effect, but just loose enough to look like she didn’t try too hard. As you know, I always love Amy Adams, and her high bun is a bit more Brigitte Bardot with the face-framing tendrils. And finally, Jessica—I would’ve liked to see her hair pulled back a little tighter.

3. Bronzey eyes

Olivia Munn

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Olivia Munn 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Diane Kruger

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Diane Kruger 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Heidi Klum

Oscars 2012 Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party Heidi Klum 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

I’ve been talking about the bronzey thing for a while now, particularly the way Olivia is wearing it—underneath the eyes. I love this look so much I want to marry it. But there are variations. Diane did the bronze just on the upper lid, while Heidi wore it all the way around the eye. I love how the shimmer makes the eyes really sparkle. (Now, if we could only have a talk with Diane about those roots… I’m shocked!)

4. Subtle Ombré

Kate Beckinsale

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Kate Beckinsale 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Rashida Jones

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Rashida Jones 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Elizabeth Olsen

Oscars 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party Elizabeth Olsen 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

So even though I moved on from Ombré over a year ago, I still get comments on this old post. Judging from that, as well as these celebs’ ‘dos, the trend is not going away anytime soon. What I think it’s evolved into is a MUCH more subtle colour graduation, as you can see here. Kate Beckinsale has probably the most gorgeous brunette I’ve ever seen. Notice how the crown is dark, but the lighter bits frame the sides of her face and sort of help to widen it. (Great optical illusion!) Rashida has a soft, tone-on-tone look, while Elizabeth’s blonde looks extremely natural with the darker area at the roots. I approve of all of this.

5. Red lips

Miley Cyrus

Oscars 2012 Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party Miley Cyrus 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Karolina Kurkova

Oscars 2012 Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party Karolina Kurkova 5 beauty trends to steal from the Oscars after parties: supermodel hair, bronzey eyes, the high bun and more!

Aside from Angelina, Rooney and Milla, red lips weren’t that prevalent on the Oscars red carpet this year. But isn’t there something wonderful about them on Miley and Karolina? Miley surprised me with this Old Hollywood thing… even though I’m kinda over that, I think she looks amazing here. (I heart the hair.) And on Karolina, the contrast of the starkly parted hair and fresh skin with the huge red lips is great. Even though I sort of hate her because she probably just rolled out of bed, slapped it on and still killed it.

Let’s discuss:

Do you like these beauty looks better than the actual Oscars ones?
Which of these trends is your favourite?
Do you like the high-low mix of casual hair and makeup with an attention-getting dress? (Or do you prefer a more polished look from head-to-toe?)

20 Comments

Nomadic D
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 9:10 am

Elizabeth looks soooo beautiful here! But my favorite overall look is the bronzey eye, I just love it, and for summer I think it’s going to be the perfect update for a smokey eye.

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Courtney
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 9:35 am

Are these photos retouched a little more than usual? I am so in love with so many of these looks that I can’t even break it down or else this is comment is going to be a blog post in itself!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 11:24 am

Nope! No re-touching whatsoever – these ladies look naturally amazing! :)

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Courtney
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 1:20 pm

Amazing! Do you have and idea which lip colour Jessical Lowndes is wearing?

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Dallas
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 9:54 am

I’m totally with you on the bronzey eye! I love the depth it creates. Actually, I love ALL of these looks whereas (again, I totally agree with you) so many of the Oscar looks left me wanting!

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Cassandra
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 10:40 am

Kate Hudson looks really good here.

I think you look like Amy Adams. That’s who you remind me of. I knew I’d figure it out.

Love Olivia’s makeup. Diane’s roots are shocking. I looks like mine right now. I’m overdue.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 11:29 am

I wish! But thank you – I love Amy… :)

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Jane
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 11:12 am

I think you picked the ultimate looks! ALL gorgeous. Love the natural lush hair, love the pulled back hair. It really is an instant face lift. I’ve had people unable to recognize me when my hair is pulled back! I want to know what lipstick Jessica Lowndes is wearing. What a perfect raspberry! The only spot of “off” for me is Kate Beckinsale. Yes gorgeous but the ‘do is a bit too contrived.

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QuiteLight
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 12:27 pm

Sorry, totally distracted by Diane Kruger’s eyelashes! The look like they were drawn on the photo with a marker.

I wonder if they’re deliberately clumped like that so they photograph better from a distance?

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Ana
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 1:36 pm

Elizabeth Olsen’s hair is marvelous. It’s 3-dimensional and it looks so natural. Now if only I could make something like that work on my brown hair
Miley is so young so why use so much foundation?

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Rachel
Thursday, March 1/2012 at 2:45 pm

Love, love, loving Kate Beckinsale’s ombre colour here! Gorgeous, soft effect. I am definitely taking this photo with me on my next trip to my hairdresser.

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Kat
Friday, March 2/2012 at 3:34 am

I cant stop staring at karolinas teeth.

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Marina(Makeup4all)
Friday, March 2/2012 at 4:58 am

Ahh, Kate Beckinsale looks amazing.

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Katrina
Friday, March 2/2012 at 8:09 am

All of the looks were so gorg. Do you think you could do a post on different red lipsticks for different skin tones? I have very Indian colouring, so all the reds that look beautiful on my pale friends look awful on me!

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La La
Friday, March 2/2012 at 3:57 pm

have you tried ruby woo by mac? i’m african and i’ve literally recommended ruby woo to all of my friends that are women of colour (they’ve all fallen in love with it). it’s literally the only red that has ever looked good on me and i get complimented on it ALL the time.

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Audrey
Friday, March 2/2012 at 5:38 pm

kate beckinsale’s hair is GREAT.
might want to watch out for the eyebrows though, looks like they’re trying to make a run for it.

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CherieJolai
Monday, March 5/2012 at 6:32 pm

I love that Buns are back! When it comes to my hair – (Because I am blessed to have SO MUCH OF IT) I am soo low-maintenance. Buns allow me to make my lazy look trendy chic. My favorite is the ‘Dancer’s Bun’ http://www.typef.com/article/dancers-hair-bun/

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Ellen
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 3:37 pm

Diane’s eyelashes are rather, er, clumpish, but I persist in my belief that she’s one of the most beautiful of the Beautiful. [And not just because I resemble her in a poor-man's-version manner.]

Heidi Klum is an anomaly among womankind. She gets more beautiful every year.

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victoria
Thursday, April 5/2012 at 2:41 pm

uhm, hi. (:

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CIDPUSA
Thursday, April 11/2013 at 12:39 am

Stunningly Beautiful glittery women
cannot take my eyes of them
Dreaming

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