Secrets Behind the Hottest Oscars Hair and Makeup
Jessica Chastain, 2013
Va-va-voom! Jessica Chastain channeled her inner Marilyn Monroe with her shimmery eye and strawberry red lip. The vivid hue embodied all elements of classic red carpet glamour, and we love how the blue-based crimson made a striking contrast against her complexion.
Charlize Theron, 2013
Charlize Theron has come a long way since shaving off her lengthy strands in June for a film role, and we liked the slight punk rock vibe her platinum pixie gave off. "Her hair has just grown out to a length that can be styled into a sophisticated, yet androgynous, look that complements the sleek lines of her Dior Haute Couture gown," said her hairstylist Enzo Angileri.
Angelina Jolie, 2012
"We wanted to balance Angelina's makeup with her elegant Atelier Versace dress," makeup artist Toni Garavaglia told InStyle.com. "We decided that a red lip paired with a soft, clean smoky eye was the way to go." Garavaglia lightly applied Jolie's eye shadow, added a dash of liquid liner, then pulled the entire look together with a generous sweep of MAC’s Russian Red lipstick, a true cherry with blue undertones.
Jennifer Lawrence, 2011
Jennifer Lawrence had an expert glam squad for her Oscars outing: Dove hairstylist Mark Townsend and Avon makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. "Jennifer looked in the mirror after she put on her dress and said, 'Mark and Jillian went to work today!'" Townsend, who was inspired by ad campaign images of the '70s and '80s, told us. "She was so pleased with her look." Dempsey accentuated Lawrence's fresh and natural beauty. "Her eyes were the focal point," Dempsey said. "I played them up with lots of mascara and sultry black liner." (A sweep of Avon Eyeshadow Quad in Blushing Raisins on her lid had a sculpting effect.)
Kristen Wiig, 2012
Nominee Kristen Wiig added sunny, blond highlights to her mane pre-awards show, thanks to Amy Huson at Marie Robinson Salon in New York City. "When Kristen walked into the room and I saw her gorgeous new hair color I was so inspired," said hairstylist Mark Townsend, who created her style for the big night. Townsend told InStyle.com that he gave Wiig an "edgy wave" by wrapping sections of hair around a 1-1/2 inch curling iron. He raked two pumps of Dove Style + Care Frizz Free Shine Cream Serum through the waves to break them up and add shine and hold. As to why he opted for such a low-key look on such a high-wattage night? "Kristen is gorgeous and sexy. We didn't want her to look overly done. We wanted her true personality to stand out," he said.
Jessica Chastain, 2012
Delicate layers framed Jessica Chastain's face; soft, piecey waves tumbled down her back. "I wanted the whole look to have an easy, romantic feel with a slight, sexy bump in the crown," Suave Professionals hairstylist Jenny Cho told us.
Michelle Williams, 2012
Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams paired her burnt orange Louis Vuitton dress with a perfect peony-toned lipstick. "My inspiration was a flower!" Chanel makeup artist Angela Levin told us of creating Williams's look. "Michelle looked so gorgeous and delicate in her dress, it made me think of a rose I have in my garden in that very same color." Levin blended Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paradis, a French rose color, and Destinee, an amaranth tone, together to create the unique lipstick shade.
Sandra Bullock, 2012
This ponytail was a triple threat: extra-high, extra-glossy, and extra-long. "I wanted to showcase Sandra's long, shiny, and natural mocha brown hair," hairstylist David Babaii told us. A few drops of his new Miracle Oil Hair Elixir were the shine-boosting secret ingredient.
Hailee Steinfeld, 2011
According to Suave Professionals hairstylist Jenny Cho, who created the style, the diamond Fred Leighton headband was the starting point for the 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!
Stacy Keibler, 2012
Stacy Keibler's loose blond waves stayed on one shoulder thanks to a neat roll along the back of her neck. "I wanted to create a look that was soft and glamorous," Couture Colour hairstylist Peter Savic told us.
Amy Adams, 2011
Sometimes beauty trumps fashion! "We decide her hair would look like this no matter what dress she wore," hairstylist Laini Reeves said of Amy Adams's Veronica Lake curls. Working a few drops of Couture Colour Pequi Oil into damp hair gave the actress'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.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 2012
"I loved the shape of Gwyneth's dress and wanted to mimic the architectural lines in the hair," Frederic Fekkai hairstylist Adir Abergel told us of the star's low ponytail. "I wanted it to have a mirror-finish."
Scarlett Johansson, 2011
"I wanted to keep her look very young and fresh," said makeup artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato, who created the look on behalf of Dolce & 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 effect. "I kept the rest of her face neutral-I didn't want her to look overdone."
Anne Hathaway, 2011
Inspired by the Edwardian era, Frederic Fekkai hairstylist Adir Abergel created a sophisticated ringlets for Anne Hathaway. Sweeping 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 looked delicate, not overdone.
Mandy Moore, 2011
"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 of Mandy Moore's Academy Awards look. 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.
Emma Stone, 2012
First-time presenter Emma Stone made a bold Oscar night beauty move with sheer pastel eye shadow. "I was very inspired by her fuchsia Giambattista Valli dress, and wanted to play with various shades of pink on her face," her makeup artist Rachel Goodwin told InStyle.com. She swept a shimmery ballerina pink shadow from the Revlon Colorstay Goddess Quad along the entire lid, followed with an ultra-thin swipe of Revlon Cream Gel Eyeliner in Black along the top lashline. "Pink on its own can look sickly, but the firm black line grounded the look," Goodwin explained. A swirl of petal pink blush and a touch of berry lip stain finished the look. "Everything was transparent so it wouldn’t be compete with that gorgeous dress," Goodwin said. Perfect!
Halle Berry, 2011
Halle Berry's glowing skin was the perfect complement to her shimmering Marchesa gown. Chanel makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua mixed three shades of Chanel Mat Lumiere Matte Fluid Makeup to accentuate 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.