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As soon as the holidays have passed, awards season hits the ground running and the first contender out of the gate is one of my favourites: The Golden Globes. With a looser vibe than the more formal Academy Awards, stars of the small and big screen freely mingle both during and in between the aired segments, and with the alcohol flowing, you just never know what might happen (and usually does).
For me, however, it’s all about the red carpet glamour and I’m literally glued to my tv screen, mentally devouring & dissecting each celeb’s look as they arrive. This year’s crop seemed to be especially lovely and apart from a few misses fashion-wise (bear in mind that this is totally subjective, as we all have differing tastes), the hair, nails and makeup were all totally on point.
If I were to sum up the looks in one word, that would be: unstructured. But then again, that’s somewhat deceiving, as we all know that even a ‘no makeup’ look usually requires an armada of products to be successfully achieved. Still, the beauty tone was one that looked healthy & natural – not overdone – and used a more subdued palette. Eyes shone without excessive sparkle and glitz, cheeks had a gorgeous flush of colour (thankfully, contouring was pretty low-key), and lips were kept in the pinky/nude range, with a few pops of colour cropping up here to liven things up. One beauty feature that everyone had in common, was undoubtedly beautifully groomed brows. Hair in general, was fairly undone and mermaid-y, with delicate braiding and beauty waves ruling the roost and even though there were a few updos thrown into the mix, these too were done in an unfussy manner. Nails were the usual nude (and yes, I get it that no one wants their mani to upstage the gown, but still …), but I also noticed a few celebrities taking chances with some deeper hues (although nail art seemed to be relatively absent).
Of all the gorgeous looks, the one that really stood out for me, was Olivia Wilde’s plum eye makeup, which not only stepped out of the box colour-wise, but made her green eyes stand out and grab the lion’s share of the spotlight (and that I want to recreate ASAP).
I hope you enjoy the following photo recap (for obvious reasons, I couldn’t include every single person attending) – let me know your thoughts on the looks and who your fave was!
Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence (wearing the new Diorskin Forever foundation)
Amber Heard aka: Mrs. Johnny Depp
Kirsten Dunst (she should have won for best cleavage-baring gown. Just, WOW)
Emilia Clarke (looking more Cersei Lannister than The Mother of Dragons, but still ♥)
… the Cate/Kate quartet …
Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet
Kate Bosworth (see what just a touch of silver on the lids can do? Love!)
Golden Globes winner Brie Larsen (her gown out-Globed the actual award – so gorg)
Rose Huntington-Whiteley (and newly engaged to Jason Statham)
Eva Green (should have won for most piercing gaze)
Saoirse Ronan (so incredibly & naturally beautiful)
Golden Globe winner Taraji P.Henson (who even handed out Cookies – love it!)
Jamie Alexander (I’m obsessed with her eyes. And her show)
The 2015 Golden Globes which aired this past Sunday did not reveal any surprises beauty-wise (more nude lips than you can shake a stick at, although why anyone would want to do that, is beyond me #weirdexpression), but it did show an overall trend towards a softer and more wearable palette of colours. As expected, makeup, hair and nails may have once again played a secondary role to the clothing (and if I were wearing a $20,000 gown, I’d definitely want the focus to be on that as well) but each beauty component was nevertheless important in its own right, adding the finishing touch and completing every look (with a few misses, naturally).
For the most part, the beauty looks could be broken down into easily identifiable categories: variations of nude lips dominated – beige, pink, apricot – eyes wavered from lightly lined to a more intense smoky tone, while cheeks were allowed to sport a bright flush of colour. Fluttery lashes were definitely seen aplenty, but what was noticeably missing, was the harsh contouring that seemed to be so prevalent from previous awards shows – Thank God – although I did feel that some celebrities went seriously overboard in the bronzer department, looking more oompa-loompa than sun-kissed (note to future awards show makeup artists: tone it down).
Hair fell in one of two camps; there was the ‘loose’ group – from slightly roughed up bobs to sleeker falls of more defined waves – and the structured group, with hair slicked down & the party in the back, displaying slightly messy buns, tailored ponies, and/or jewelled ornamentation. Again, no surprises here, with the exception that hair did appear that much more real and touchable – although there still were a few [rare] sightings of overworked, stiff, and teased do’s. Sigh.
Bear in mind that the following is not meant to be a completed list of attendees; as stated in my Golden Globes Style Recap post, that Herculean task would simply take too long. Instead, I’ve opted to show some of my favourite beauty looks – although I confess to several disappointments as well, such as Jennifer Aniston’s pulled back hair that left me utterly cold, while JLo’s alien-esque lipstick freaked me out just a bit. A big surprise hit for me was Katie Holmes (sorry, but I’ve never been a fan, although I’ve warmed up to her since she ditched her loony-tunes husband, Tom Cruise) showcasing a sleek pony done right and a combo of intense lined eyes/matte mouth. The beauty of Lupita Nyong’o once again stood out, with her berry lips and lavender eye makeup – making everyone else look a little drab by comparison. If there were an award handed out for that one celebrity who perfectly nailed every single detail, then that would go hands down to Jessica Chastain, with her Grecian-inspired pleated bronze Versace gown, that was complimented with bronze smoky eyes/nude glossed lips and that swathe of hair cascading down one shoulder. Outstanding.
Where possible, I’ve included the makeup artist behind the look, along with the products used; for others, I’ve given my own interpretations. I will be sure to update with any new information that comes my way.
Enjoy my Beauty Recap! Feel free to let me know whose look worked for you!
The Nude Group
Defined by a neutral lip and subtle eye/face makeup, I’ve grouped these in ascending order of colour intensity.
Sienna Miller – look created by Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte used a combination of Light Wonder Foundation shades (6 Medium and 7 Medium) and Retoucher Concealer where needed. She then powdered down the center of the face to finish her skin. To enhance Sienna’s brows, Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D were used. For Sienna’s eyes, an eye pencil was added along the lash line for depth. A blend of The Sophisticate shadow, Pop, and Barbella Brown were used to create a sultry smokey eye.
To complete the look, Charlotte enhanced Sienna’s cheekbones with bronzer and highlight, and finished the entire look with a blend of nude lipsticks – specifically, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna and a touch of K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate.
Diane’s look is the epitome of “me, only better” – I love how her cheeks sport the brightest touches of colour here, with lips a flattering soft pink and eyes just lightly defined enough to stand out naturally. Perfectly groomed (but not overdrawn) brows are the perfect final touch. Best part: those are her natural lashes – how awesome is that?
Kate Hudson – look created by Christian McCulloch
Dolce & Gabbana blush and foundation were used in tandem to achieve a radiant look. A chocolate-coloured eyeliner and bronze eye shadow cream, also by the brand, completed her eyes, and a honey-toned lipstick with a cashmere hued lipliner tied the look together. Kate’s look here follows her usual seemingly effortless style, although I take exception to her brows whose colour seems a little ‘off’, and her shimmering white shadow – a less stark version of white would have complimented her look so much better.
Kate Beckinsale – look created by Adam Breuchard
All by Chantecaille: Nude Future Skin foundation was applied all over the face then a light contoure was given with Radiance Gel Bronzer. For the eyes, Eye Shade in Java was applied over the entire lid and under the eye. He then blended out the edges using Eye Shade in Rose Gold. Gel Liner Pencil in Espresso was used to line the top lash line. To deepen the look, he applied Marble from the Piazza San Marco Chrome Luxe Eye Duo directly on top of the liner and smoke the color out over the entire lid. Gel Liner Pencil in Jet was drawn along the top and bottom lash lines. To open the eye, wet Eye Shade in Pyrite was applied to the bottom waterline. For the cheeks, he used Cheek Shade in Emotion on the apples of her cheeks and then added some highlight with the brand’s Liquid Lumiere in Lustre. Kate’s nude lip was a mixture of Brilliant Gloss in Modern and Folly.
Jessica Chastain – look created by Kristofer Buckle
All by Yves Saint Laurent Beauté: A perfect complexion was created using Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation in Beige Doré and Touche Eclat N°1.
Blush Volupté N°8 was then applied on her cheeks to get a soft transparent pink effect.
To shift the attention to her green eyes and give her an elongated smokey, smoldering, and sexy umber eye, shades from the Couture Palette n°3 and N°1 were used, intensified with Effet Faux Cils Crème d’Eyeliner in Deep black.
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Fetish in Black was applied to both top and bottom lashes to give an amplified effect.
For lips, a combination of Baby Doll Kiss and Blush N°7 was applied with a layer of Volupté Sheer Candy N°1 on top.
Katie Holmes – look created by Genevieve Herr
This look was achieved with the help of Laura Mercier Soft Black Violet Kohl Pencil, and dusted with a blend of amethyst and black from the Lancôme Color Design palette in Violet Sweetheart. Topping off the look, Herr opted for matte nude lips. There’s something edgy, modern, and even a touch dangerous about Katie’s look here, and I love how the lips were kept neutral, letting the eyes do the talking instead (and for the record, her aubergine Marchesa gown was just beyond).
Jennifer Lopez – look created by Mary Phillips
The focus was kept on achieving a stunning smoky eye and leaving the lips nude (created with Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil #1 and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Lip Color in Neverending Nutmeg). The eye look comprised L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner in Brown Smoke with a touch of taupe, gold, and brown hues using Infallible Eye Shadow Crayons. My biggest gripe with JLo’s look, was the excessive use of bronzer on her usually gold-kissed and flawless complexion, as well as the plasticky look to her lips – her eyes, on the other hand, were killer.
The Pink/Nude Group
Defined by touches of more colour and shine to the lips, with more focus shifting to the eyes. Once again the looks are in ascending order of colour intensity.
Rosamund Pike – look created by Melanie Inglessis
For now, the only product that I know for sure which was used in this look, is the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner in #5C Beige Brown. While I may not have been a fan of her Vera Wang gown (100% unflattering), I can’t deny how Rosamund’s makeup and hair were simply spectacular – her skin looks perfectly flawless & utterly poreless, while the combination of sooty eyeliner and fluttery lashes adds just the right drama to her stunning eyes.
Amy Adams – look created by Stephen Sollitto
Light copper tones were used on her eyes, including Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Brun-Teak. I love how the most impact on this look appears to be focussed on the outer corner of Amy’s eyes; the slightly untitled liner and fanned out lashes perfectly compliment those gorgeous baby blues, while her pastel peachy lips add just the right touch of colour to the face and contrast beautifully with both her auburn hair & masterfully detailed Versace gown.
Reese Witherspoon – look created by Molly R. Stern
For now, the only products I know for sure that were used, are a combination of Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Blaze and Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow in Fira to provide an intense flush to the cheeks. What I absolutely love in this look, is the more adventurous use of colour on the eyes, with deep impact on the upper lids and the smoked out effect continuing along the lower lash line but with a unique bronzy twist. Reese’s blush is also perfectly applied, concentrated more on the apples of her cheeks to appear natural (not wind-burned), and lips in a soft pink tone.
Jennifer Aniston – look created by Angela Levin
Angela went for a classic sun-kissed effect, adding glow with Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup in 70 Beige and 22 Beige Rosé. On the cheeks, she applied Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Destiny and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N°70. Her lips were a blend of lip liner in Mordoré-Nude, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Deauville and Glossimer in Sweet Beige. Jennifer has long been one of my beauty and style icons, but I confess to being rather unimpressed with her efforts here; the makeup was just too dark and piled on for my liking, while her Saint Laurent gown was just passable, and certainly a far cry from some of the stunning numbers we’ve seen her wear in the past.
Aniston’s bun was, of course, created by her longtime stylist Chris McMillan. With regards to Jennifer’s hair, I have to say that I may not have liked the front, but I’m totally loving the slightly imperfect bun.
Claire Danes – look created by Matin
All by NARS: All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush, Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, and Kalisté Eyeliner Pencil. As Claire’s Valentino Couture gown (whose design is comprised of hundreds of little feathers hand-sewn together, by the way) had so much going on, I’m happy to see that her makeup was left relatively simple – until you noticed the hints of peacock blue sparkle on her upper lash line, which also went a long way towards adding a nice touch of colour to her face.
The Colour Group:
Defined by deeper hues, jewel-like tones, and brighter touches along both the eyes and the mouth.
Keira Knightley – look created by Kate Lee
To start, Chantecaille’s Liquid Lumière in Sheen was applied to highlight Keira’s cheekbones and jawline before applying Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth-Effect foundation. For the eyes, shades from the Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli were used and for the cheeks, Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Bronze was applied, concentrating on achieving a visible flush. To finish the look, lips were defined with Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Étienne (out this spring). Keira’s CHANEL gown may have been a hot mess, but her makeup? Flawless.
Lupita Nyong’o – look created by Nick Barose
Shades from the Lancôme eye shadow palette in Jacaranda Bloom were used to add pops of colour to the eyes, with more intensity achieved by applying Lancôme eyeliners in Aubergine and Amethyst. Lips were defined with Lancôme Color Design in Hit List with a glossy layer of Lip Lover in Framboise Étoile on top.
The makeup created here, is a perfect example of how to highlight both the eyes and the mouth in one look; while rather smoked out, the colour stays within the boundaries of the eye shape, just slightly elongated upwards at the outer corners, leaving the upper crease area fairly clean. The coral/pink lip colour completes the look, made totally workable by a satiny texture (glossy would have been overkill), as well as adding a nice bright pop to an otherwise somber colour palette. Even the hair, tailored and sleek but not too slick, adds a modern touch – especially when you consider the almost severe lines of Felicity’s Dior Couture gown.
Amal Alamuddin Clooney – look created by Charlotte Tilbury
All Charlotte Tilbury: A very classic and true Hollywood-glamour look was the focus here; the Pop shade the Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita palette was swept across the lids and depth was given via the Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown. Cheeks were dusted with Cheek to Chic in Love Glow and First Love.
Finally, her crimson lips were a mix of Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose along with K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Night Crimson and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.
With awards season fully upon us, expect a slew of new beauty products to start making their way from the red carpet to the retail market (and hopefully soon). The following four NARS looks presented here from this past Sunday’s 2015 Golden Globe Awards (see my style recap here), may initially appear somewhat subdued, but they each hold one signature component that makes them stand out: a bright lip for counterpoint, smudged-out smoky eyes for drama, a touch of sparkle to illuminate, and boldly unabashed brows to form the perfect face-framing feature.
Taylor Schilling in a custom Ralph Lauren gown, accessorized by Tiffany & Co.
Taylor’s look was created by celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow
“The inspiration for Taylor’s look was a younger, modern take on Grace Kelly. I wanted to play up her bone structure, her skin and her natural beauty, and so we went with a clean eye, a bold brow and a crisp orange red lip to clash with the scarlet shade of her Ralph Lauren gown”
Key NARS products used:
- All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Sheer Matte Foundation)
- Porto Venere Eye Paint (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Abyssinia Matte Eyeshadow)
- Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Key NARS products used for Taylor Schilling’s red carpet look
Laura Carmichael in a vintage James Galanos gown
Laura’s look was created by celebrity makeup artist Fabiola
“Laura is wearing a vintage James Galanos gown; it’s a black one-shoulder floor-length dress with a sequin starfish at her hip. Because the look was so vintage, we went with a smoky charcoal gray to play up her almond, doe-shaped eyes and added a light blush and a nude lip”
Key NARS products used:
- All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, use Sheer Matte Foundation)
- Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (reviewed here)
- Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow)
Key NARS products used for Laura Carmichael’s red carpet look
Claire Danes wearing a Valentino Couture gown
Claire’s look was created by celebrity makeup artist, Matin
“When I saw Claire’s hand-beaded Valentino gown, I was immediately struck with inspiration. We agreed that her eyes should be the focus, so I matched her eyeshadow to the gorgeous peacock blue of her dress to create a brighter, edgier smoky look”
Key NARS products used:
- All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, use Sheer Matte Foundation)
- Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush (new for Spring 2015 – for now, try Unlawful (reviewed here) and Taos blushes)
- Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
- Kalisté Eyeliner Pencil
Key NARS products used for Claire Danes’ red carpet look
Ava Duvernay in a Zac Posen gown
Ava’s look was created by NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist, Uzo
“The look was about a woman in a position of power. Ava’s statement-making makeup was kept soft and ethereal to balance her bold hairstyle and architectural Zac Posen gown. I created a velvety, smoky chocolate eye and soft neutral shades for her cheeks and lips”
Key NARS products used:
- All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (new for Spring 2015 – for now, use Sheer Matte Foundation)
- Fez Shimmer Eyeshadow
- Raquel Audacious Lipstick (reviewed here)
Key NARS products used for Ava Duvernay’s red carpet look
Press information kindly provided – all products, except where noted, are available at www.narscosmetics.com
The star-studded 72nd annual Golden Globes were held this past Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted for the last time by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – two women who compliment each other’s comedic style so perfectly, easily displaying their bang-on timing as well as an uncanny ability to couch the most pointed barbs in honeyed tones. All I can say, is that they will be one tough act to follow.
But I digress …
For a few years now, I have been recapping award shows on my blog (you can find previous posts by clicking the category sidebar, filed under award, award shows, Golden Globes, The Oscars), and while I know ahead of time that each show is basically a tweaked variation of the previous one – where celebrities sport incredibly lavish gowns (and some that are just utterly confusing), neutral nails (duh) and relatively simple makeup – these red carpet appearances intrigue me, for it’s where upcoming makeup launches make their first (albeit somewhat clandestine) appearances (my recap post on Golden Globes beauty is coming soon).
Several colour groups appeared to dominate the red carpet, starting with statement-making red, the ubiquitous black numbers, vestal white, followed by gleaming silver. A few dared vivid yellow, with a smattering of blue and green thrown in, and finally some requisite beaded and adorned dresses added to the mix.
Of hits, there were plenty of front-runners with an equal amount of misses (I cannot begin to comprehend Keira Knightley’s dress – and this horror came from my beloved CHANEL, no less … the shame …), and while a complete roundup would have had me chained to my computer for days (no thanks), I’ve collected the looks that stood out for me; obviously, everyone’s opinion and taste varies, so whether you agree with my picks or not, feel free to chime in on the comments section – would love to know your thoughts!
Grab a cup of something, and enjoy my Golden Globes 2015 recap!
Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey (in a bespoke Antonio Berardi dress) & Amy Poehler (in a Stella McCartney dress) arriving on the red carpet – they changed outfits a few more times over the course of the show
Ladies in red
Top row (from left):
- Viola Davis in a Donna Karan Atelier gown
- Taylor Schilling in a custom Ralph Lauren gown (jewellery by Tiffany & Co.)
- Heidi Klum in a Versace gown, Jimmy Choo heels
Bottom row (from left):
- Kate Mara in a Miu Miu gown (jewellery by Vita Fede)
- Allison Williams in an Armani Privé gown
- Catherine Zeta-Jones in an Angel Sanchez gown
The ommorphia award for Best Red Gown, goes to Dame Helen Mirren (seriously, how absolutely gorgeous is this woman? At 69, she is totally working that bod!)
Dame Helen Mirren in an embellished Dolce & Gabbana gown, jewellery by Chopard and the crowning touch: a Charlie Hebdo tribute pen at her shoulder – well done, Helen
Silver [screen] stars
Clockwise from top left:
- Julianne Moore in a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gown (jewellery by Chopard)
- Reese Witherspoon in a custom-made Calvin Klein gown (jewellery by Tiffany & Co.)
- Dakota Johnson in CHANEL, heels by Jimmy Choo
- Kate Beckinsale in an Elie Saab gown
The ommorphia award for Best Silver Gown goes to Diane Kruger, wearing a gown of such exquisitely crisp lines and lightly textured fabric that so perfectly skims her body – everything about this just works.
Diane Kruger wearing a tailored gown by Emilia Wickstead
- Rosamund Pike in a custom-made Vera Wang Collection gown
- Salma Hayek in an Alexander McQueen gown (jewellery by Boucheron)
- Emily Blunt in a custom-made Michael Kors gown
- Kristen Wiig in vintage
The ommorphia award for the Best White Gown, goes hands-down to Kate Hudson who manages to look drop-dead sexy and absolutely radiant at once (and who does cut-out shapes better than Versace? Google Elizabeth Hurley’s Versace ‘safety-pin’ number to see what I mean).
Kate Hudson in a KILLER Versace gown
Not-so-little Black dresses
Top row (from left):
- Jennifer Aniston in a Saint Laurent gown
- Laura Carmichael in a vintage James Galanos gown with a star embellishment
- Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit
Bottom row (from left):
- Lorde in a custom-made Narciso Rodriguez outfit
- Amal Alamuddin-Clooney in a Dior Couture gown, slouchy opera gloves (jewellery by Harry Winston)
- Katherine Heigl in a Zac Posen gown
The ommorphia award for Best Black Gown (and yes, even though technically it’s not ‘black’, I’m adding it to this group just the same for its lush dark vibe), goes to Jessica Chastain for channelling true Hollywood glamour and bringing back Fortuny pleating (again, Google it my beauties).
Jessica Chastain in a Versace gown
- Leslie Mann in a Kaufmanfranco gown
- Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann in a Miu Miu gown
- Jenna Dewan Tatum in a Carolina Herrera gown
The ommorphia award for Best Yellow Gown goes to Naomi Watts in her stunning column of citrus elegance – and can we just take a moment and admire that diamond snake about her neck?
Naomi Watts in a Gucci gown, accessorized with Bulgari jewellery
- Cindy Crawford in a Versace dress, Jimmy Choo heels & clutch (jewellery by Harry Winston)
- Lana del Rey in vintage William Travilla
- Ruth Wilson in Prada
The ommorphia award for Best Blue/Green Gown goes to Felicity Jones, who manages to make Victorian style chic again.
Felicity Jones in a Dior Couture gown
Top row (from left):
- Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad
- Lupita Nyong’o in a Gimabattista Valli gown (jewellery by Chopard)
- Claire Danes in a Valentino Couture gown
Bottom row (from left):
- Anna Kendrick in a gown by Monique Lhuillier
- Katie Holmes in a Marchesa gown
- Kiera Knightly in CHANEL
The ommorphia award for Best Detailed/Embellished Gown, goes to Amy Adams for this masterfully draped number that would make even the Goddess Aphrodite cry.
Amy Adams in a gown by Versace, accessorized by Tiffany & Co.
Sienna Miller in an embellished Miu Miu dress, Jimmy Choo heels and accessorized by Tiffany & Co. – from the choppy bob, flawless makeup and perfect mix of lavish yet tasteful embroidery on her dress contrasted with a dangerously plunging neckline, this is one woman who consistently nails the style department.
Jennifer Lopez in a Zuhair Murad Gown (first two photos) & an ensemble by Amanda Wakeley for the weinstein after-party.
With regards to dressing, it goes without saying that JLo can rock a potato sack, but her Golden Globes gown left me more than confused – plunging neckline, thigh-high slit, bodycon shape combined with a flowing cape, train and a king’s ransom in beading – I’m not sure whether I absolutely loathe this, or applaud her uniqueness. My verdict? It’s just way.too.much. The after-party number doesn’t score much higher with me either (JLo, you of all people, really don’t need to try THIS hard).
But I can’t deny how flawless her hair and makeup looked, as well as the ‘secretly bejewelled’ mani she was given my by man, Tom Bachik (he placed rhinestones on the underside of her taloned nails – pretty cool, huh?)
And finally, there’s Prince because, well just because he’s Prince. Eccentric, androgynous, musical genius, and definitely way out there … but always entertaining. Plus he’s holding a jewelled walking stick that can double as a lethal weapon.
Prince (don’t even get me started on the litany of names & personas he’s had over the years)
The grand finale of awards season is without a doubt, the Oscars. This year marks the 86th Academy Awards show, and while the weather threatened to upstage the event (it rained cats & dogs leading up to the big day), it all miraculously came together this past Sunday. The gowns were spectacular, hair styles had a classic 40’s tone, and makeup was flawless – if rather ‘safe’ – while the men all looked suave, debonair & totally polished – with few exceptions (Pharrell, I’m looking at you and your tuxedo shorts – which was still better than your Mountie’s hat).
Host Ellen Degeneres had her usual witty banter going on, as well as a few outfit changes, but my favourite by far was when she emerged as Glinda the Good Witch (from Wizard of Oz fame) – priceless. Her ‘impromptu’ pizza party was also a riot, especially since the real deal was actually passed around and to which those lucky (not to mention starving) celebs in the front rows gladly dove into (Meryl Streep holding a slice of cheese pizza – gotta love that), with Brad Pitt lending a hand by passing the paper plates around. The highlight of the evening, was without a doubt Ellen’s by now famous “selfie” – which in turn not only became the most retweeted pic EVER, but actually managed to crash twitter. Epic, indeed.
The makeup, while perfectly executed, definitely held a nude/natural tone – no garish/clashing colours or overly exaggerated looks, with hair looking polished and channelling ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour. Nails were typically neutral as well, and yet a few brave souls did show some originality (Charlize Theron in dark vampy tips, Sandra Bullock with a deep blue to match her gown, Emma Watson in oxblood with edgy rings to match, and Kate Hudson with what looked like glitter ombré tips), but that’s fine by me, as the gowns were well deserving of the spotlight.
The couture creations were breathtakingly beautiful and if forced to pick a favourite, I would have to say that once again, Charlize Theron totally nailed it – exquisite. Coming in for a close second has got to be Sandra Bullock’s regal blue stunner, with its elegant draping and rich, rich hue. Please note that the following is by no means a complete list of everyone who was there – and where possible, I provided beauty breakdowns for several of the looks.
EDIT: I had been working on this post since Sunday and it was about to go live when my system froze and I. Lost.It.All. You don’t want to know how I reacted.
So get comfortable, grab something to nibble on, and enjoy my recap!
waiting for the 86th Academy Awards to begin at the Dolby Theatre
host Ellen Degeneres as Glinda the Good Witch
Lupita Nyong’o, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a “Nairobi blue” Prada gown with Fred Leighton headband & jewelry
Lupita’s look was created by celebrity makeup artists Nick Barose who was inspired by “Elizabeth Taylor away on vacation” – products used:
CHANEL Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Noir Cendré, CHANEL Ligne Graphique de CHANEL in Noir (lightly traced on the lashline), a mix of shades from the CHANEL Tracées Quadra Eyeshadow in Jardin Zen palette, CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Mélodieuse & Le Blush Crème de CHANEL in Chamade for cheeks
Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o changed into a bespoke Miu Miu dress for the Vanity Fair after-party
Cate Blanchette, winner of Best Actress in an Armani Privé embellished gown and Chopard jewelry
To create Cate’s look, celebrity makeup artists Jeanine Lobel first prepped the skin with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Shades from the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad in #2 Effetto Nudo were used to create a softly defined eye, then Cate’s lashes were curled with the Troy Surratt Lash Curler before Lobell attached strips of lashes to the outer corners using a touch of Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara for extra adhesion. The eyes were then finished off using Make Up For Ever Brow Gel. Cheeks were brushed with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10 and Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick #103 Incognito
Jennifer Lawrence in a tomato-red Dior peplum gown
To create Jennifer’s look, celebrity makeup artist Ve Neill used the following selection of Dior products: the face was first prepped with Dior’s Pore Minimize Skin Refining Matte Primer, followed by Capture Totale Triple-Correctin Serum Foundation in #020 Light Beige. Diorskin Nude Tan Matte Sun Powder in in Matte Amber #002 was dusted over the planes of her face, followed by DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush in Cocktail Peach on the cheeks. For the eyes, Neill applied Diorshow Art Pen Intense Professional Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Catwalk Black #095 and completed the look with Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Over Black #090. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Mirage #338 was used on the lips (will be available on Dior.com as of March 15th)
Jennifer Lawrence changed into a Tom Ford dress for the Vanity Fair after-party
Charlize Theron in a Dior Couture gown and wearing $15 million in Harry Winston diamonds. Yikes.
To create Charlize’s flawless look, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff worked with a selection of Dior products; she began with Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer then applied Dior Capture Totale Triple-Correcting Serum Foundation in #020 Light Beige mixed with a touch of Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer to give her skin a dewy, lit-from-within radiance. She then dusted Dior Blush Vibrant Color Blush in #679 Coral Cruise on the cheeks . For the eyes, Dubroff began with Dior Backstage Eye Prime and then applied a hint of colour using Dior 5 Courleurs Eyeshadow Palette #030 Incognito followed by Diorshow Art Pen Intense Professional Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Catwalk Black #095, finishing with Diorshow Black Out Mascara in Khol Black. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Frisson was used on the lips (available on Dior.com as of March 15th)
Amy Adams in a Gucci Première strapless gown, jewelry by Tiffany & Co.
To create Amy’s look, celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto began my prepping the skin with RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream, then followed that by applying Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (available Fall 2014) to create a softly matte finish. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Terracotta was applied to the lids with Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat on the lower lashline and NARS Eye Paint Liner in Tatar was used to define the top lashline. Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Colour in Sugar Frost at the inner corners of the eyes added subtle sparkle, with Dior Black Out Mascara finishing things off. Tom Ford Ravish blush was used on Amy’s cheeks for a “Spring-like” hue while Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Cozy topped off with Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Rose Crush completed the lips
Amy Adams changed into a Carolina Herrera asymmetric gown for the Vanity Fair after-party
Kate Hudson in an Atelier Versace gown
Celebrity hair stylist Chris McMillan who’s known Kate for 15 years now, decided to give her hair a simple, yet glamorous 40’s vibe – crossed with a bit of 80’s Jerry Hall – after he saw the gown she was going to wear
Kate Hudson changed into a Zuhair Murad Couture dress from the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection for the Vanity Fair after-party
Angelina Jolie in an Elie Saab beaded gown, jewelry by Robert Procop
Angelina could not have looked more regal; her hair appeared lightened up a few degrees and pushed back from her face to beautifully frame that strong bone structure, her eye makeup was perfectly executed and those famous lips were softly coloured (although I’m not so sure about that lip liner). On her nails: Essie’s Sugar Daddy
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
Sandra’s side-swept loose curls were harmonized with rosy flushed cheeks, a pinky-nude lip and soft smokey eyes – the latter which was given a modern edge with a touch of teal liner on the waterline. What really stood out, was the matching navy nail polish she opted for – well played, Sandra
Emma Watson in a Vera Wang dress, accessorized with an Anya Hindmarch clutch and Boucheron jewelry
I can’t get over how stunning Emma’s brows are … the former face of Lancôme doesn’t need much by way of enhancing and she decided to keep things easy by focusing the attention on a brighter lip and lush top lashes, while her charmingly messy updo was given a nicely embellished by the diamond stars strewn artfully throughout the strands
A Hollywood icon: Meryl Streep in a Lanvin dress
Julia Roberts in a Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci dress and Bulgari jewelry
Julia’s makeup was definitely in keeping with what the star usually likes to wear, while that famous pucker was adorned with Lancôme Rouge in Love in ‘Delicate Lace‘, but what this look was really all about, was her newly blonde tresses
Anne Hathaway in a sparkling Gucci number – the reflection was simply dazzling when she was onstage presenting an award
Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee used CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Caline with Le Blush de CHANEL in Cheeky (available in May) – and while pixie cuts rivalled sideswept waves on the red carpet, I’m thinking that Anne might be due for something different … something longer, perhaps?
Jessica Biel in a CHANEL Couture sequinned column, jewelry by Tiffany & Co.
Penelope Cruz in a Giambattista Valli gown and Chopard jewelry
To create Penelope’s look, celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury was inspired by legendary screen-goddess Sophia Loren – most of the products used are from Charlotte’s eponymous range: the skin was first prepped with Magic Cream (available Fall 2014), followed by Wonder Glow (available Fall 2014) for a soft-focus effect and finally a thin layer of Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation in Medium 6 was applied all over. Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe was used to fill in the brows and set with Lancôme Modèle Sourcils Brow Gel. A deep black khol liner was used to create a feline flick and line Penelope’s eyes (waterline included), and the coppery-brown smokey eye was achieved with the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette (available Fall 2014). With just a few individual lashes applied to the outer corners, plenty of Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara was used to amp up the volume. The sculpt shade of Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow (available Fall 2014) was used to enhance the planes of the face while the highlighter shade of the same duo was applied on the high points to reflect a softly lit glow, finished with Lancôme blusher Rose Subtil on the cheeks. Lips were prepped with Lancôme’s Baume in Love Lip Balm, and finally a shade that Charlotte created in homage of the star, Penelope Pink (available Fall 2014) was applied
Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection and Bulgari jewelry
To create Naomi’s sleep look, celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen began by first prepping the skin with Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nera Extrema Serum, followed by a combination of Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro in #300 Bisque and Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact #4. Cheeks were given a natural healthy glow with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10. The shades of Lancôme’s Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Plum Splendor were used on the eyes, as well as Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee and finally finished off with Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara over Lancôme Cils Booster XL. To create the bright lip, VanLeeuwen used a combination of Giorgio Armani #7 Smooth Silk Lip Pencil and Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in #502 Scarlatto
Portia de Rossi in an intricate stunner by Naeem Khan
Liza Minelli in vintage Halston (naturally – they were inseparable friends) and I’m even liking the bit of blue in the hair
and how glam is Miss Piggy in Vivienne Westwood?
GIRL CRUSH: Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab Couture at the Vanity Fair after-party
CoverGirl spokesperson Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli at the Vanity Fair after-party. Those curves…
Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at the Vanity Fair after-party. I’m on the fence about this…
Sienna Miller in Alexander McQueen at the Vanity Fair after-party. Too Wonder Woman?
Lady Gaga & Donatella Versace (both in Versace) at the Vanity Fair after-party
*Donatella, I say this with all due respect – please step away from your plastic surgeon*
The men were well represented by these 4 examples:
Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actor winner in Saint Laurent
I think we can all agree that Jared Let also wins for BEST HAIR, style by Chase Kusero using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series products:
First prep wet hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Primer Spray, applying it throughout the hair to enhance your natural wave.Then apply Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Pomade to the length of the hair, providing a flexible hold and soft, glossy curl definition. Create the desired part and let hair air-dry.
The next day, spray dry shampoo to the roots to refresh your second day hair while protecting hair color.
Then spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray to the ends to protect hair from heat before straightening it. Take several sections of hair and straighten for a smooth look.
Benedict Cumberbatch (he should have won for having the Best Name)
Leonardo Di Caprio (what will it take for him to finally win that Oscar?)
Tom Ford (in Tom Ford, obviously). Seriously, this man can do no wrong
My favourite couples of the evening:
Brad Pitt (producer, 12 Years A Slave, Best Picture winner) & Angelina Jolie (Honorary Oscar)
Chiwetel Ejiofor & Sari Mercer in a gown by Suzanne Neville
Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor winner) in a Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo & Camilla Alves in a Gabriela Cadena gown
Best Baby Bumps:
Olivia Wilde in a Valentino gown, Lorraine Schwarz jewelry and a Jimmy Choo clutch & Jason Sudeikis in Prada
Olivia’s retro 60’s inspired look was created by celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis using the following Revlon products: the skin was first prepped with PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, followed by PhotoReady Makeup in Nude and finished with PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights. The eyes: ColorStay ShadowLinks in Taupe, ColorStay Eyeliner in Black, ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black, Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara and the brows were finished with Brow Fantasy in Brunette. On Olivia’s lips, Melanie applied ColorBurst Matte Balm in Complex and Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Cognito
Thor, I mean Chris Hemsworth (…sigh…) & Elsa Pataky in Elie Saab & seriously, glowingly, about-to-pop pregnant
the absolutely radiant Kerry Washington in a gown by Jason Wu
Celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez used Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in #609 Plum topped with Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin for shine
Some candid moments captured during the event:
Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o playfully fighting over the Oscar
Steve McQueen, director of Best Picture ’12 Years A Slave’ – jumping for joy
Ellen’s Oscar pizza party with Edgar the delivery guy – he later wound up getting $1,000 in tips!
If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of those famous envelopes looks like, here you go!
The 4 top winners of the night and their golden dates
Best photobombing moments:
it’s a tie between Benedict Cumberbatch photobombin U2 on the red carpet and …
… Jared Leto photombombing Anne Hathaway on the way to the Vanity Fair after-party!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this entire production, and while I’m usually riveted to the red carpet scene, then sort of zone out during the actual presentations, I found myself strangely wanting to see it through to the end. As Oscars go, I have to give this a thumbs up – and while I may never get to wear one of these couture gowns, I can definitely replicate the totally wearable makeup looks and gorgeously flattering hair styles that were seen in abundance. Then, there’s that selfie … thank you, Ellen, for giving us the most “real” moment ever captured at one of these shows!
So who’s look captured your attention the most? Who did you cringe from? Spill!