Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett's Nude Lips and Soft Waves

The exact makeup she was wearing at the 2014 Academy Awards, plus how to recreate her hairstyle.
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The exact makeup she was wearing at the 2014 Academy Awards, plus how to recreate her hairstyle.
Cate Blanchett, Academy Awards 2014

In the big Oscars thread, Leah commented that while Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington might've had the most exciting makeup, Cate Blanchett wins overall for looking the most sensational from head to toe. Great hair, great makeup AND a great dress. I'm not surprised—Cate is a class act all the way.

Here's the scoop on how she got it all so right.

The Hair

This is the full view of the hair, styled by Robert Vetica:

Cate Blanchett, Academy Awards 2014 (4)

While it was still damp, Robert ran a golfball-sized amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse throughout the hair to create volume, shine and hold.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse

He created a low side part, and then blew-dry Cate's hair with a HairArt Tourmaline Dryer, using a Moroccanoil brush to roll the hair away from the face. After drying the bangs, he clipped them in place to let cool while drying the rest of the hair.

Once dry, he took two-inch sections of hair and sprayed with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray before curling with a ¾-inch curling iron.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray

Once the curls cooled down, he brushed them out, and backcombed the sides and ends. He misted on Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray to hold the waves.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray

The final touch was pinning one side back behind the ear. Robert's technique was to take fine sections of hair, backcomb them and then pin underneath, using another section of hair on top to cover up the pin. He sprayed with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray for extra hold.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray

The Makeup

Celebrity makeup artist Jeanine Lobell was on makeup duty. Here's the exquisite close-up (has any 44-year-old ever had better skin??):

Cate Blanchett, Academy Awards 2014 (2)

The Skin

I can't find what foundation and/or powder Cate was wearing, but I do know this: as an SK-II spokesperson, she uses their skincare products to prep and hydrate her skin before makeup. Jeanine patted on SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which is a moisturizing liquid-gel that hydrates and improves clarity and texture. (The secret ingredient is "Pitera," a liquid derived from the sake fermentation process that kept elderly monks' hands looking remarkably young, soft and smooth.)

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

This is what Cate says about it: “Whilst I am sure it would be far more interesting for me to reel off the hundreds of products one might use to get their skin ready for a special event, it really is just SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for me. I have been addicted to SK-II for well over 10 years now and let’s just say some of my Blue Jasmine scenes would have been far more confronting without it. Strangely, I am at a point in my life where I think about my skin far less than I used to, and I attribute this to SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Although I use a number of SK-II products, the continual use of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has by far been one of the best beauty decisions I could have ever made.”

Now excuse me while I go find my bottle of this... WOW.

The Cheeks

Cate was wearing Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in #10 Beige on the apples of her cheeks. (Same shade as Naomi Watts wore that night, by the way.) Jeanine feathered it out a bit before applying a second layer to give a natural glow.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in #10 Beige

The Eyes

Cate's base eyeshadow was the warm taupe shade from the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad in #2 Effetto Nudo, dusted all over the lids. I am not an eyeshadow person, but I must say this is a REALLY good eyeshadow palette, peoples. Extremely high quality textures, long-wearing and the ultimate neutral shades.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eye Palette in 04 Effetto Nudo

Jeanine next used the deeper taupe shade (second from the top), feathering it into the creases to open up the eyes.

Then she mixed it with the light brown (second from the bottom) and applied to the outer crease and the centre.

Finally, she applied the darkest brown shade wet as a liner.

Lashes were curled using the Surratt Relevée Lash Curler.

Surratt Relevee Lash Curler

I didn't even realize false lashes were at play here, but they were—Jeanine cut a strip and applied them to the corners of the eyes. After that, she pressed Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara at the base of the lashes before brushing it through the lengths.

Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara

The Brows

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow holds and adds a slight tint to the brows:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow

The Lips

The final touch was the perfect nude lipstick, Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in #103 Incognito.

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in #103 Incognito

Here's the final shot of gorgeousness:

Cate Blanchett, Academy Awards 2014 (2)

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Have Your Say

What do you think of Cate's Oscars hair and makeup look?
Have you tried any of the products her team used on her?
What about the miraculous SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?!