Oscars 2014: Julia Roberts' Soft Smoky Eyes and Golden Hair

The exact products she was wearing at the 2014 Academy Awards, plus the scoop on her new hair colour.
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The exact products she was wearing at the 2014 Academy Awards, plus the scoop on her new hair colour.
Julia Roberts, Academy Awards 2014 (2)

While I didn't love my first look at Julia's Oscars hair and makeup, everything changes when she smiles. In this pics, her whole face lights up—and now I like this much, much better. While I still find the foundation a touch heavy, the tones of her hair, lips, eyes and cheeks are all harmonizing together. I think this is a great makeup look for mature skin.

The Hair

The entire thing was inspired by Julia's new blonde hair colour, created by Serge Normant. He told People: “We had planned to go lighter. She has been blonde before. We love the Ombré feel, but we just went for a really light colour. It still has a little gold and dimension, but not as definite as dark roots and light ends. We didn’t want it to be one colour, but [there's] less of a contrast.”

To show it off, Serge wove it into this relaxed, twisted bun:

Julia Roberts, Academy Awards 2014

Says Serge: “It was slightly ’30s-inspired. It’s very loose, with a side part, and a very loose wave in the front. The rest is very piled up in the back in a messy bun. It’s uneven. It’s messy, deconstructed. At the Oscars, you don’t want to be uptight, but at the same time it’s the Oscars. You want the look to have a little extra elegance. It felt glamorous without being overdone. I think she was happy with it.”

He used his own Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner to add shine and softness before he created the updo:

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner

The Makeup

Makeup artist Genevieve Herr was also inspired by Julia's blonde hair. “I took that into consideration," she says. "For the eyes, black would be a little bit too much for blonde hair, so that’s why I decided to use brown, to make it look softer.”

Here's the close-up:

Julia Roberts, Academy Awards 2014 (4)

Julia had asked for "a beautiful eye," which Genevieve paired with an elegant nude lip.

The Skin

The base for Julia's makeup was Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, to create a diffused, soft-focus effect.

Lancome Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur

Next, Genevieve used Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, which can be used wet or dry and as a foundation or a powder.

Lancome Dual Finish Powder

The Cheeks

On Julia's cheeks is the Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette that so many celebs have been spotted wearing lately, in #323 Rose Flush:

Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in #323 Rose Flush

The Eyes

To create the soft brown smoky eyes, Genevieve used Lancôme Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry. (Which we've seen before on Lily Collins.) The colours are described as matte soft beige, baby pink shimmer, matte soft taupe brown, soft golden copper shimmer and chocolate golden brown shimmer.

Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry

Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee was used to line Julia's eyes, making them soft and smudgy all the way around.

Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Black Coffee

Then, Genevieve brushed Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara through Julia's lashes.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara

The Lips

To complete the look, Julia is wearing Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor in #106M Jolis Matins, a soft peach.

Lancome Rouge in Love Lipcolor in #106M Jolis Matins

The Nails

Julia's manicurist, Lisa Jachno, chose Lancôme Vernis in Love Brilliance Gloss Polish in #407N Gris Angora, a light grey violet. She told The Hollywood Reporter, “When I think of the Oscars, I think of Old Hollywood glam, not nail art.")

Lancome Vernis in Love Brilliance Gloss Polish in #407N Gris Angora

Here's how everything came together:

Julia Roberts, Academy Awards 2014 (3)

Pretty gorgeous!

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