BOOM, it's Oscar time! Last night in Los Angeles, we arrived at the grande finale of awards season.
Of course, there are many celeb hair and makeup situations we need to discuss:
What I love: Brie's fuchsia lipstick. See? I knew those brownish makeup tones she used to wear were doing her no favours. This is so pretty against fresh but matte skin, subtle but brightening eyeshadow and brushed-up (but not dark) brows. What I'd change: Half-up, centre-parted hair with drop earrings... seriously? I find the hair so dated.
What I love: Skin! Just like Brie, Alicia nailed the whole fresh-but-matte thing. There's contour, but it passes the close-up test. I like the soft lips and monochromatic taupe lids. What I'd change: Annnd we're back to the half-up hair again. It's not that I don't like that style once in a while, but we've seen it a million times on Alicia. (That said, there's a little bun back there, so at least it's not exactly the same.) Her lashes still look weighed down.
What I love: I don't think anyone can go wrong with a straight blunt lob, but Jennifer's is exceeding all expectations. Wow! It's so blonde. So shiny! It's also doing great things for her skin (way more than brunette did). As usual, she did a smudgy eye focused on the lower liner, with a soft pink mouth—but somehow it looks better than usual. And her skin is so luminous!! What I'd change: No to the fake, curling lashes.
What I love: Rooney seriously looks like a porcelain doll. But in a good way—her skin is flawless, and the eyeshadow and blush were so carefully applied, you can't tell where they begin or end. Lips and lashes are perfect, and I love the little fans adding interest to her brows. You just cannnot beat Kate Lee for attention to detail! What I'd change: Maaaaybe the brow pencil is a little reddish compared to her hair, but I don't think it's wrong.
Rooney is wearing: Serum // Foundation in 10 Beige and 12 Beige Rosé // Powder // Concealer in SC-2 (to highlight under brows) // Blush in Rose Pètale // Eyebrow pencil in Brun Cendré // Waterproof mascara in Noir // Lip liner in Cinnamon // Lipstick in La Sensuelle
What I love: Priyanka's brownish-berry lip colour is gorgeous, and so is its soft, creamy texture. I like that she didn't go crazy with shadow or liner (would've been too heavy). I can live with these lashes. What I'd change: Overall, I'd like a bit more ease, more freshness. I feel "meh" on the centre-parted ponytail, and I think her brows are too thin and angular. Obviously, she threads them.
What I love: I've been critical of Rachel's hair lately, but she pulled it together for Oscars night, when it counted! She touched up her roots, which gives the sleek updo more polish. I like the blondification a lot with the green dress and matchy liner. Soft pink lipstick and a warm blush complete the look. Lash game also improving! What I'd change: Nothing, but I do prefer Rachel as a light brunette, and not so streaky.
What I love: Margot is my favourite so far! She went for the simplest hair and makeup to counter the glitziness of the plunging gold dress. The air-dried hair texture (even though I'm sure it wasn't, in fact, air-dried) with fresh perfected skin is just right. I love the darker brows that don't look obviously filled in, and natural lashes—no harsh liner or shadow. Her lips have sharper edges but the hue is still soft. What I'd change: Nothing. Love beauty minimalism!
What I love: Kate looks a little more relaxed than we often see her on the red carpet—her hair and makeup aren't quite so "done." I like the fresher skin texture and light touch on the eyes. What I'd change: I'm iffy on the lashes, but mostly I think it's high time for new hair. I'm over this brassy blonde with dark roots and the boring mid-length waves—how about a slightly darker hue and a fresh chop of a few inches? It would be SO much more current and youthful. This is getting borderline dated.
Kate is wearing: Primer // Foundation in No. 4 and No. 5 // Blush in Shimmer Rose Cashmere // Eyeshadow in Nude and Joie // Eyeliner in Noir // Eyeliner in Pluie // False lashes // Mascara in Noir Mirifique // Lip balm // Lipstick in Beige Mirage
What I love: Reese's general adorableness shines through here. I like her eyes the best; the gold shadow isn't too yellow, and illuminates the area (along with fluffy lashes, no dark liner). I think simple hair is always a good idea to counter a dramatic strapless dress. What I'd change: The blush! Or is that contour? Whatever the intent, it's way too dark and actually clownish. It fights with the lip colour, big time.
Reese is wearing: Foundation // Blush in Chestnut (as contour) // Blush in Happy // Blush in Flair // Eyeliner in Violet Damask // Eyeshadow in Laguna // Eyeshadow in Peach // Lipstick in Red Juniper // Lipstick in Poppy
What I love: I'm impressed with Olivia's skin coverage—she has zero discolourations or redness, yet it doesn't look like she's wearing heavy makeup. I'm also in a no-blush phase right now, so I like the lighter hand on the cheeks. What I'd change: I'm not feeling this braided updo, false lashes and blah monochromatic palette AT ALL. (Also, what's up with the heavy choker and skating costume insert at the front of her dress??) In my opinion, Olivia is at her best in creative eye makeup and with her hair down. This is disappointing.
Olivia is wearing: Foundation // Concealer // Highlighter in Peach Glow // Blush in Classy Coral // Eyeshadow in Decadent // Eyeshadow in Burnished Bling // Eyeliner in Black // Brow pencil in Light Brown // Mascara in Blackest Black // Lip liner in Natural // Lipstick in Champagne On Ice
What I love: Don't mind me, just freaking out over Saoirse's eyeshadow (!!!). The silvery grey sparkly smudginess is giving me life! I like that the rest of the makeup is super-natural and muted, not even any shine on the lips. Makes sense with such a showstopper dress. What I'd change: The spray tan job is a little too warm/dark—I think you have to be so careful with fair colouring. Saorise has such ashy brows and roots that bronzing can really start to look "off." I'm also not sure those earrings go with the eyeshadow or the dress, but that's neither here nor there.
What I love: We haven't seen Isla in ages, and this is a triumphant return! First of all, the feminine neckline and light colour of her dress really flatter her. Wearing her red hair in a voluminous ponytail is way less stuffy than the usual red carpet updos or side-swept waves. She kept the makeup simple, basically just red lipstick! What I'd change: Seriously nothing. This is another favourite for me.
What I love: I don't think I've ever noticed what a great smile Cate has! Not only does she have pretty teeth, but it's so genuine, not posed. That SK-II regimen must still be working wonders, because her skin is insane. I love the sheer touch on the lips—sans lip liner—with a wash of pale purple eyeshadow on the lids. The new blonde bob is equal parts classy and casual. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Gosh, this is a tough one... I suppose the lipstick isn't bad. I like that Sofia went with a glossier texture this time; it's not so heavy. Also, we never see her with her hair back, so that's something. What I'd change: I'm bothered most by these weird curving lash strips, which don't even come close to approximating normal human eyelashes. The entire makeup comes across very heavy, given we have falsies, eyeliner, bold lipstick and full brows. (Even just gelling up the eyebrows would help matters.) The little bouffant at the crown of her pony isn't my favourite. Finally, her cheeks look blurred and I can't figure out why?!?
What I love: Oh wow, Kerry's Cleopatra-esque eyeliner is so good! It definitely brings the cool factor to this red carpet. Her pale, subtly shiny lips are exactly the right choice with the eyes. What I'd change: I wish she'd left it at that. The lashes are way too cray (why, Kerrrrry???). I also think her brows needed more attention to detail. Last of all, I wonder if this is the right hairstyle. She already has an oblong face shape, so the height at the top accentuates that.
What I love: On past red carpets, I've sometimes felt like Jennifer's hair, makeup and dress were wearing her and not vice-versa. Fortunately, that's not happening here. The simple updo and fresh, soft makeup are very well-suited to her girl next door aura. I especially like the peachy lip colour. What I'd change: The overlining is too much and unnecessary when she has full lips already.
What I love: Naomi is really, really good at pulling off modern Hollywood glamour. Case in point: her full strong brows, rich raspberry lipstick and waved blonde lob. So striking, but never overdone. I admire her brows a lot; a lot of women her age can't grow them this thick! What I'd change: The lipstick texture needs help.
What I love: This is my kind of beauty look right here. Daisy looks so fresh, young and chic in a strawberry lipstick (notice the soft edges) and silver shadow all the way up to her brows and under her eyes. Love, love, love! Her lashes are natural, but her brows got darkened to frame her face—albeit with no harsh angles. Pulling her hair back and up makes it feel super-clean. What I'd change: Not a thing. Another fave of the night!
What I love: The edges aren't the best, but I'm very into this metallic copper eyeshadow paired with soft lipstick in a similar tone. Gaga's skin also looks really good, and I guess this Marilyn Monroe-style 'do is appropriate. What I'd change: Usually, she has a better false lash game than this. It also might be time to step away from the brow bleach.
What I love: You don't often see an orange dress and matching lipstick on the red carpet, but I love both on Olivia. The lip has a hint of red in it, which makes it easier to wear than a straight yellow base. I also like the knotted low bun, and how she kept her eyes neutral. What I'd change: Why contour with blush? I don't get it. I don't want to see the blush all the way down there (nor do we need that much of it).
What I love: I'm actually paying more attention to the dress (which is amaze) than the beauty part—but Charlize did a good job with that, too. What draws me to this look is that it's SO glamorous, yet it also plays to her athleticism and doesn't try to be too girly. I really like the absence of colour on her face, particularly the tone-on-tone eye makeup. What I'd change: I know Charlize has naturally thin brows, so I think they should be softer, not so dark.
What I love: Julianne never gets it wrong, does she? I appreciate that we're seeing her real skin—not covered up with gobs of makeup—and loose, shiny, healthy hair. Less is more on her, so a little dab of blush, soft pink lips and sparkly shadow are all she needs. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Honestly, I'm stuck here. I suppose Chrissy's gold glitter eyeshadow and lipstick tone could be okay if there wasn't so much product on her face. What I'd change: I think we can partially attribute this situation to really bad lighting. The first things that got my attention were the powdery, mask-like foundation and the scary overlined lips. Also, everyone is talking about her intricate braid, but I don't like it at all. And at least in this light, her highlights are looking très streaky.
Chrissy is wearing: Foundation // Concealer // Powder // Contour // Blush in Tinge // Eyeshadow in Unzipped // Eyeliner in Black // Eyeliner in Bronze // Mascara in Black // Brow pencil // Lipstick in Nude and Rose Brown // Lip gloss in Socialite
What I love: Tina has such pretty brown eyes, I think this eye makeup is doing a pretty great job of emphasizing them. In particular, I like the baby flicks to enhance an almond shape; the other twist is that they're actually done in deep violet instead of black. Her brows look good, too. What I'd change: I'm just not crazy about the dress/necklace/updo combo, but I think this is more an issue of wardrobe than beauty. My favourite hair for Tina is still the ponytail from last year's Globes.
What I love: The waves in Emily's hair straddle the line between vintage and modern—they hold their shape but don't look stiff. I've noted in the past that bolder makeup can overwhelm her, so I'm glad she (mostly) stuck to soft pinks. What I'd change: I always think it looks strange to add individual lashes that are really, REALLY long, like the ones at Emily's outer corners. I also wish her eyeshadow was a bit better blended and not quite so dark.
Emily is wearing: Foundation // Concealer // Blush in Pink Mosaic // Eye primer in Cotton // Eyeshadow in Rose Gold and Grey Pearl // Eyeshadow in Cashmere // Eyeshadow in Petal Pink // Mascara in Black // Lipstick in Amaretto Swirl
What I love: Sophie's eyes look super-gorgeous with the pale, shimmering shadow and intense black fringe of lashes. I love this eye makeup so much! Her skin also looks dreamy. What I'd change: It would've been nice to see some big, glamorous waves at the ends of her hair.
What I love: It's not exactly "love," but I think Maria's hair is nice here. I like when she wears it down, and this helps the sparkly dress to not look too formal. Her skin also looks great. What I'd change: The false lashes! I would also swap her highlights for a rich, solid brown with blunter ends. Fluff it up a bit and that would look younger, less contrived.
What I love: The overall concept here, I love. Red hair with dramatic copper eyeshadow and a metallic silver dress? Yes! I also think Lily's updo is super-pretty (and I don't usually say that about updos). What I'd change: Unfortunately, this isn't as awesome as it could be because of the makeup application. The eyeshadow doesn't have that blended, "pro makeup artist" finish, and I dislike the white highlighter under the brows. The lashes cheapen it, and I feel the lips and cheeks make it too matchy.
What I love: The good news is, there's far more wrong with Heidi's dress than her hair and makeup. In fact, I think she looks quite pretty. Skin is fresh, makeup is really low-key and her updo is so effortless (of course, it's better suited to a different outfit). What I'd change: I'm starting to think Heidi must surround herself with "yes" people and they just won't tell her about the tacky white eyeliner in her waterlines—or the WTF dress. (Madonna's makeup artist once told me this IS a problem in the industry, so Madonna puts her people through a series of tests to make sure they're not so intimidated that they won't tell her the truth.) Oh well, even with her questionable style, I still think Heidi is hot stuff.
What I love: I guess Amy's stylized wavy side bangs are okay, and I like that we can see her actual skin texture; it's not caked with makeup. What I'd change: The extra-long false lashes creep me out! And you know what? I've been an advocate for Amy's red hair, but I'm starting to miss the blonde. Remember how great she looked at Power of Women? That brought more light to her face.
What I love: I like the softness of Kelly's updo, and the loose wavy piece framing her face. What I'd change: This one isn't so much about the surface styling stuff (although obviously that's not to my taste). My feeling is the deep spray tan, heavy contour and eyeshadow, and fake lashes are all trying to give the appearance of good health—to no avail. We've all heard about how devoted Kelly is to her diet and exercise regimen. The "tell" that it is probably harming her health is her eyebrows, which have almost completely disappeared.
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?