The Best Hair and Makeup
“I wanted to give the hair a slightly textured, lived-in feel, but still keep it elegant,” hairstylist Mara Roszak said of the rumpled waves she created for Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery. She misted Kerastase Volumactive ($39; kerastase-usa.com) on damp hair before rough-drying and adding pin curls. Once dry, Roszak removed the pins and added more waves with a small curling iron, being sure to leave the ends out. To give the look a messy, undone finish, the hairstylist worked a dab of Kerastase Pate Capital Force ($33; kerastase-usa.com) onto the strands and finished with a blast of hairspray.
To create Homeland star Claire Danes’s bouncy waves, hairstylist Peter Butler first blew her hair dry with a round brush before setting small sections with a medium-sized curling iron. To “soften the hair and add shine while still leaving the curls intact,” he dabbed John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme ($6; drugstore.com) on the hair and brushed through the waves with a paddle brush. A mist of firm hold hairspray finished the look.
According to hairstylist Lorenzo Martin, Jennifer Lopez’s deep side part modernized her old Hollywood waves. After curling small sections with a one-inch iron, Martin misted each ringlet with L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Texture Series Beach Spray ($7; lorealparisusa.com). He then pinned and set each section, waiting 15 minutes before brushing through the curls, parting the hair, and finishing with L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Strong Hold Styling Spray ($7; lorealparisusa.com).
Julianne Hough’s futuristic updo was the brainchild of hairstylist Riawna Capri, who built lift at the root with a mix of UNITE EXPANDA Volume ($27.50; unitehair.com), UNITE EXPANDA Dust ($26.25 at unitehair.com), and some good old fashioned backcombing. He then parted the hair along both temples, twisting each side back towards the nape in two sections. To style the center, he twisted the front three inches of hair to the left and pinned. The second section was twisted and pinned to the left. By alternating sides, Capri formed a “twisted Mohawk.” He pulled and teased small wisps for additional texture.
Hairstylist Laini Reeve’s used a ‘80s hair tool to create Amy Adam’s ‘20s inspired look. “I parted the hair, then waved two-inch vertical sections with a large crimping iron,” Reeve told us. She then misted on Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray ($23; moroccanoil.com for locations), combed it through with a soft bristle brush, and pulled all the hair to the right before twisting it into a bun and securing with pins. She loosened a few pieces to give the cluster an “airy, modern look.”
“Kate is my generation's Brigitte Bardot,” said hairstylist David Babaii, who created the star’s look. “I wanted to give her soft, voluptuous hair that was touchable and glamorous.” To infuse the strands with volume, he worked a dollop of ITampLY's Pure Style Mousse Strong ($16; italyhairfashion.com) into damp hair before drying with two sizes of round brushes: A medium one to lift the roots, and a larger version to smooth and curve the ends. He raked his fingers through the hair to allow it to fall naturally before finishing with ITampLY Pure Definition Hair Spray ($25; italyhairfashion.com).
Hairstylist Rod Ortega was inspired by Rita Hayworth in the 1946 film noir Gilda when creating Best Actress nominee Connie Britton?s retro look. Before going through the hair with a one-inch curling iron, he spritzed fully dry hair with Leonor Greyl?s Spray Structure Naturelle ($33; leonorgreyl-usa.com) to make sure the coils stayed put. After the curls cooled, he brushed them out with a paddle brush. A few more pumps of the Spray Structure Naturelle made sure the waves would last all night.
As host of the festivities, Tina Fey's flawless complexion needed to stay put throughout the night-come humidity or hot stage lights-so her makeup artist Gita Bass took extra time to hydrate and prep her skin. "I cleansed Tina's skin with Simple Radiance Cleansing Wipes ($6; soap.com), then moisturized with Simple Replenishing Moisturizer ($11; soap.com)," Bass said. "I then applied Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation ($59; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) and Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage Concealer ($30; lauramercier.com) for any extra coverage."
The mixture of shimmery coppers and tawny neturals gave Rosario Dawson's makeup a laid-back vibe, and the absence of black liner kept the effect from appearing too harsh. Dawson's makeup artist Mai Quynh used combination of Laura Mercier shadows to create the look, starting with the shimmery copper Terracotta ($22; lauramercier.com) "I applied it from the lash line to her crease, blending it softly," said Quynh. "Then I layered Laura Mercier's Eye Shadow in Coffee Ground ($22; lauramercier.com), smudging the color along the lash line."
Rachel Weisz's makeup artist Melanie Inglessis balanced her matte berry lip with a contoured neutral eye. "Always keep the darker color on the outer corners of the eyes," advised Inglessis, who used a combo of YSL Ombre Solo in #2, with the duo palette in Heavenly Beige and Astro Brown ($55 and $58; yslbeautyus.com. "Then, a lighter color is used to create a highlight under the brow bone, and the inner corner of the eye." Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro in #201 ($32; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) completed the look.
Matching your eye makeup to your dress can be a serious risk-especially if you're working with shades of blue-but thanks to careful blending and a modern metallic finish, Nicole Richie mastered the effect. "Nicole has the personality and look to never let the makeup wear her," said her makeup artist Beau Nelson, who used Elizabeth Arden's Eye Shadow Single in Sky ($18.50; elizabetharden.com). Nelson recommends pressing the shade onto your lids with a flat eye shadow brush for a more saturated color payoff. He continued the azure tones by defining Richie's upper and lower lash lines with Elizabeth Arden's Smoky Eyes Pencil in Midnight ($18; elizabetharden.com).
As the saying goes, what's old is new again, which holds true for Naomi Watts's vintage-inspired look. "Naomi is one of those actresses who evoke a timeless, classic elegance," said her makeup artist Pati Dubroff. "I kept thinking Carole Lombard, and of the polish of the '30s screen sirens." To complement her finger-waved faux bob, Dubroff blended Chanel's Powder Blush in Rose Petale ($46; chanel.com) high onto Watt's cheeks, and used a mixture of plum and pewter tones like the Illusion D'Ombre shadow in Epatant ($36; chanel.com) on her eyes. The Rouge Allure Lip Color in Determinee ($34; chanel.com) was then pressed onto Watt's lips to create a light stain. "She was sexy and sultry, and that is how I see Naomi."
Chastain wanted to incorporate expressions of ruby into her makeup, which would counteract the soft, sweet effect of her pastel Calvin Klein dress. Her makeup artist Kristofer Buckle used the L'Oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stain in Berry Persistent ($10; lorealparisusa.com) on the star. The unique gloss-stain hybrid provided a mirror-like shine that lasted throughout the night.
The perfect complement to Jennifer Lawrence's red-hot Dior gown? A smoky eye, of course! We love how the soft grey tones balance the brightness of her ensemble, but still maintain a sexy, smoldering effect. "I decided to play off the vibrancy of her poppy red dress with both warm and neutral hues," said her makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. She used the L'Oreal Colour Riche shadow palette in Army Brat ($8; lorealparisusa.com), blending the gold and coffee tones together to contour the star's lids, and finished with a dramatic swipe of Chanel's Automatic Liquid Liner ($34; chanel.com) and a few coats of L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara ($10; lorealparisusa.com)
"Emily wanted smoky eyes paired with soft pink lips that echoed her Lorraine Schwartz ruby earrings," said the star's makeup artist Jenn Streicher. After creating a smooth canvas, she defined Blunt's eyes with Hourglass's Kohl Eye Pencil in Espresso ($28; hourglasscosmetics.com) and smudged the line with a shadow brush. Picking up a pale shimmer shade from the Hourglass Shadow Duo in Gypsy ($38; hourglasscosmetics.com), she highlighted the brow bone and blended the matte brown onto her lids.
To allow her embellished Chanel gown to take center stage, Anne Hathaway's makeup look was kept neutral-save for a radiant complexion and rose-hued lip. "Anne's look was elegant, but still youthful and light. I felt that the makeup should mirror this," said her makeup artist Kate Lee. "I concentrated on making the complexion as tactile as possible, and added a dash of blue-pink to the lips as a focal point." Lee created a flawless canvas with Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation ($45; chanel.com) and the Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Foudation ($55; chanel.com), then finished with Chanel's Rouge Allure Lip Color in Seduisante ($34; chanel.com) on Hathaway's lips. "It's the perfect pink for a perfect pout," Lee added.