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 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:
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:
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 had asked for "a beautiful eye," which Genevieve paired with an elegant nude lip.
The base for Julia's makeup was Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, to create a diffused, soft-focus effect.
Next, Genevieve used Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, which can be used wet or dry and as a foundation or a powder.
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.
Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee was used to line Julia's eyes, making them soft and smudgy all the way around.
Then, Genevieve brushed Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara through Julia's lashes.
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.")
Here's how everything came together:
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