The 10 Best Hair and Makeup Looks at the Academy Awards
Scarlett Johansson: Best Eye Shadow
INSIDE SCOOP “I wanted to keep her look very young and fresh,” said makeup artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato, who created the look for Dolce amp Gabbana. He blended four colors of eye shadow-light gold, copper and blue black-along the lid, and rimmed her eyes with both gold and black eyeliner for a glittery, dimensional look. “I kept the rest of her face neutral-I didn’t want her to look overdone.”
Michelle Williams: Best Eye/Lip Duo
INSIDE SCOOP Because Michelle Williams has fair skin, light blond hair, and wore a bone white gown, her makeup artist Jeanine Lobell added color on her face. “I didn’t want her to look like a sea of white,” she said. She smudged a sparkly pewter eye shadow on the top and bottom lashlines, tucked in a few faux lashes, and finished with a dusting of sparkly white shadow. Adding a drop of foundation to the star’s pink lipstick helped make “the lips a part of the face, not a separate statement.”
Halle Berry: Best Skin
WHY WE LOVE IT Halle Berry’s glowy cafe au lait skin was the perfect canvas to her glittery nude gown. Chanel makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua mixed three shades of Chanel Mat Lumiere Matte Fluid Makeup to create the star’s warm glow. “To balance out the smoky eye but to still keep her look healthy and fresh, I finished with a soft peach blush that still had a pop of color,” she said.
Best Matte Lip: Mandy Moore
INSIDE SCOOP “The dress was all muted colors so I wanted to go against that and do one strong pop of color on the lips,” said the star’s makeup artist Kayleen McAdams. NARS Red Square Velvet Lip Pencil created a matte tangerine version, which McAdams perfected by first lining the mouth, then dabbing extra pigment into the lips with her fingertips.
Jennifer Lawrence: Best Eye Makeup
INSIDE SCOOP “Jennifer Lawrence’s eyes were the focal point tonight,” said Avon makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. “I played them up with lots of mascara and sultry black liner.” Layering the four neutral tones in the Avon Blushing Raisins Eyeshadow Quad, Dempsey created a sculpted and structural eye that still managed to feel soft and smudgy.
Hailee Steinfeld: Best Headband
INSIDE SCOOP According to Suave Professionals hairstylist Jenny Cho, who created the look, the vintage Fred Leighton headband was what made the young nominee’s entire look. “It made Hailee feel perfectly young, precious and graceful,” said Cho. As for the high, chunky bun, Cho wanted Steinfeld to look one part Audrey Hepburn, one part ballerina. Mission accomplished!
Amy Adams: Best Waves
INSIDE SCOOP Over the course of the award season, Adams and her hairstylist Laini Reeves were able to perfect the star’s ideal red carpet look. “We decide her hair would look like this no matter what dress she wore,” Reeves said. Working a few drops of Couture Colour Pequi Oil into damp hair gave Adams’s strands that “luxurious, rich feel.” Reeves then set the head in 1-1/2 inch rollers, allowed the hair to dry, and brushed through the waves with soft bristle brush.
Natalie Portman: Best Sideswept Style
WHY WE LOVE IT Natalie Portman’s style, courtesy of Frederic Fekkai hairstylist Didier Malige, is a study in contrasts: lush and wavy on one side, sleek and polished on the other. The asymmetry created by the low side part opens up the star’s face just so. And while you can’t see it in this shot, Malige topped off Portman’s style with one of her earrings as a shimmery finishing touch.
Anne Hathaway: Best Red Carpet Updo
WHY WE LOVE IT A face-framing ringlet usually has a prom night preciousness, but Anne Hathaway’s Frederic Fekkai hairstylist Adir Abergel made the star’s version sophisticated and modern. (He was inspired by the Edwardian era.) Swooping the hair over the ears instead of slicking it behind them lent a relaxed elegance to the look, and since the pieces in front were whisper soft, they were delicate, not overdone.
Penelope Cruz: Best Smooth Strands
WHY WE LOVE IT Sometimes it’s the simplest looks that leave us breathless. Penelope Cruz’s long, straight hairstyle was one of those moments. An imperfect center part keeps it from looking too buttoned-up; thick, voluminous strands with flecks of golden highlights are pin-straight without being straggly.