Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OSCAR BEAUTY: The Best Looks on the Red Carpet

As usual, the Academy Awards this past weekend was full of gorgeous gowns and amazing makeup and hair. There seemed to be one over-whelming beauty trend on the red carpet--minimal is best.  Naturally nude faces, radiant skin and lived-in hair styles were the order of the night. Many of the  looks this year surprisingly can readily translate into styles we can duplicate on a regular basis. Here are some of the stand-out beauty trends you'll love so much you may want to try them for yourself.

The Long Bob

The long layered bob (dubbed the "lob) accented with beachy waves on Naomi Watts, loose curls complete with headband on Keira Knightly, and straight and glossy on Kerry Washington looked classy but not overdone. 

Jennifer Aniston

Neutral Face Palette
Gina Rodriguez
Natural and nearly nude color palettes complemented the gorgeously ornate gowns on the red carpet. There were fifty shades of beige...and brown...on the eyes and flushed tones on the lips and cheeks. Impeccably groomed brows were a given. To get the look try The Naked eyeshadow palettes by Urban Decay ($49)
below (l-r) Jessica Chastain, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rita Ora

Bold and Vibrant Lips
Margo Robbie
 From vampy to vivacious it was all about the pout. Shades of berry and deep wine, or classic coral and matte red kicked up the glam factor on an otherwise neutral face. Lush lashes coupled with black, smokey eye liner created the perfect accent for a fierce face.  Try Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick 456-Erik ($36) for a sultry, vampy look and MAC Ruby Woo ($14) is a great universal matte red.
Chrissy Teigen
Viola Davis

Carmen Ejogo
 For a smouldering look on the eyes Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal eyeliner in Blackened Black ($23) on the waterline and smudged above and below the lash line creates that smokey drama.
Lady GaGa
Emma Stone

Solange Knowles

Casual Hair Don't Care

Whether it was the dampness in the air or the influence of the models on the runway at New York Fashion Week, this year celebrities favored ponytails and messy buns over up-do's and defined curls. J-Lo killed it in this high ponytail and nude-pink makeup palette, and newcomer Dakota Johnson looked fresh and modern in this easy ponytail and fringe bangs.

Both Anna Kendrick and Best Actress winner Patricia Arquette went with intense black eyeliner, a bun and soft coral lips. Get this look with E.L.F Studio Mineral Lipstick in Cool Coral ($5)

Sienna Miller and Best Actress nominee Rosamund Pike opted for the "no hair" look with their tresses pulled completely off of the face, a slightly sculpted cheek bone and strong brow. Layer your cheek color using Bobbi Brown Blush Palette ($45) a trio you can layer that includes a neutral, bright and shimmer tone all in one compact.

I Woke Up Like This
Radiant and glowing skin is a must for everyone who walks the red carpet and this year was no exception. The makeup palette was natural and flawless with hints of shimmer and the hair styled almost as an after-thought. With a center or side part, loosely curled or sleekly shined and tucked behind the ears this is definitely the hair "of the moment".  Get that pop of shimmer on your eyes with Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Palettes ($50)

Zoe Saldana

 ReeseWitherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, America Ferrer

Lupita Nyongo

Check out your favorite Oscar look and imagine what you can do using the tools you have in your makeup bag. Who knows..you may even surprise yourself!

Stay Beautiful!