Yes, the consensus was the 84thAnnual Academy Awards show was the usual snooze-fest. Don’t you think Eddie Murphy would have been a real game changer? You can thank uber-jerk Brett Ratner for the fossilized and strangely taut-faced Billy Crystal.
However, we did have the leg and the “wardrobe malfunction” that launched their very own Twitter accounts, courtesy of Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez, respectively (#AngiesRightLeg and #JLoNipSlip). Trending topics aside, both ladies looked amazing (in their own way) at the Oscars. Here they are together; we’ll let you pick your favorite Twitter darling.
The Oscars are NOT the night when celebrities experiment with their look, with a few notable exceptions. For the most part, we saw more to talk about in the hair department than the makeup.
Viola Davis: The Best Actress nominee for “The Help” decided to abandon her wigs and appear with her natural, closely cropped hair, and she looked stunning!
The coppery shade, slightly darker that her own burnished skin tone, was beautifully complimented by her emerald Vera Wang strapless gown and a deeper, sparkling forest-green eyeliner. You could get the same look, depending on your skin tone, by starting with a shimmering base color like Bronze Goddess, a shimmery gold and glimmering deep brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look (from the Metallics Variety Kit), then heavily lining the upper and lower lash lines with a deep metallic green. Black mascara and black kohl liner on the inner rims complete the look. If your skin is a lighter tone, try coppers or golds instead of bronze as your base. It was very brave of Viola to step out on a night like this and reveal her natural beauty, to be herself without hiding behind a false image contrived by Hollywood; we hope it is the start of a trend toward women accentuating and accepting their beauty instead of working so hard to conform to an impossible standard.
Kristen Wiig: The “Bridesmaids” Best Original Screenplay nominee and star took some flak for her too-casual hairstyle (we thought it suited her comedic personality, the J. Mendel dress, and her Red Carpet style), but in a sea of updos and overdone looks, Kristen was refreshingly refined. Complementing her beachy waves and nude-only-better shirred tulle, her makeup was a palette of shimmery nudes. Start with ColorOn’s Gypsy, a gradient white and mocha metallic wash from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, and then add a bit of additional shimmer in the inner corners and below the lower lash line with Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, which will bring out the cool shimmer base in Gypsy. Concentrate your mascara on the upper lashes with additional coats on the outer third, waiting for them to dry between coats; it will give you that heavy lidded, sexy look. A quick swipe on the lower lashes for balance, a swirl of the lightest bronzer, and a satiny nude lipstick with pink undertones and you’ll have the same shimmery-yet-natural look.
Penelope Cruz: We were talking about presenter Penelope Cruz’s hair, but not in the good way. Her faux bob was just the wrong length and made her look matronly instead of retro; and she has such gorgeously abundant long hair! But, her smoky eye makeup was timelessly sexy. Try Into Orbit, a combination of pale brown sugar, mocha, dark chocolate, and milky chocolate layered across the eyelid to create a complex multi-tonal smoked eye, from the Eye Envy Odyssey Variety Kit. This look calls for a strong brow, so if yours are not as elegantly arched and extended as Penelope’s, be sure to fill them in. Curl your lashes, and take a fine eyeliner brush to the cover sheet to pick up the extra creamy mineral shadow left there, and draw a fine line below the lower lashes as close in as you can get. Use plenty of black mascara on the upper and lower lashes to achieve the same wide-open look. A touch of nude/pink blush swept toward the temples and a matte pinkish nude lipstick leave the eyes as the focal point.
Rose Byrne: Kristen Wiig’s “Bridesmaids” co-star has been working this iconic hairstyle all award season, and it’s grown on us as we remember its cinematic history: Uma Thurman in “Pulp Fiction,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “Scarface,” Julie Christie in “Shampoo,” Faye Dunaway in “Bonnie & Clyde”…all the way back to Cleopatra (or at least Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra). And it draws attention to her picture-perfect smoky eyes, done in the classic mode without shimmer, glitter, or embellishment (she left that to her fantastic Vivienne Westwood one-shouldered and sequined gown). Use Noche from ColorOn’s Eye Envy Smoky or Bestsellers Variety Kits, a seductive wash of black and deep grey shadows where Old Hollywood glamour meets today’s technology. Dip a fine eyeliner brush in the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the cover sheet and apply a super-fine line under the lower lashes at the outer half of the eyes, giving it a slight upward flick. The rest of the face is almost bare, with just a hint of peachy nude blush on the apples of the cheeks and a nude lipstick with warm peach undertones that is somewhere between satin and matte, but not a hint of shimmer or shine. Again, this is all about the eyes.
Honorable mentions for “sparkle” go to George Clooney’s “plus one” Stacy Keibler, who was gold from head to toe – literally – including her eye makeup; Gwyneth Paltrow (she of the caped Tom Ford gown), who also wore shades of tawny golden eye makeup; and Viola Davis’s co-star from “The Help,” Jessica Chastain, whose shimmering rose gold and copper eye makeup picked up the intricate embroidery on her Alexander McQueen gown.
Honorable mentions for “smoke” go to another cast member from “The Help,” Best Supporting Actress Winner, Octavia Spencer; last year’s Best Actress winner, Natalie Portman, even though her vintage Dior gown was a total letdown after last year’s amazing season of pregnancy gowns; Best Actress nominee from “The Artist,”
Berenice Bejo; the former Posh Spice-turned-fashion designer, Victoria Beckham (so she was at the parties, not the ceremony, but her gowns
were all over the place); and one dishonorable mention to Cameron Diaz, whose black kohl eyeliner on just the inner rims, paired with her now platinum-white bob, shimmering pastel eye shadow, bright pink lipstick, and strangely altered facial structure, was overly harsh and unflattering. She should have gone for a fully smoky eye, or stuck with the pastels (as fou-fou as they were); together they aged her terribly. Someone’s doing her a disservice, and getting paid for it.
All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined into a Custom Kit, or you can buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.
And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Joanna Pena of New York, New York. She’ll be watching her mailbox to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.
That’s it for awards season — until Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1. That used to be more of a fashion disaster than a trend setter, but with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, and others singing country music, it isn’t just big hair and sequins anymore. But we have plenty of time in between to follow up on London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks, the celebrities who sat front and center, and a Kardashian or two, should they do something interesting.
Have a beautiful week!