It’s no surprise that the celebrities came out in their best frocks and suits for the 2017 Oscars, the biggest event of the awards season. There were lots of classic styles and some really creative ones that completely stood out, which included both fashion and beauty looks. Natural glowing-from-within skin, fierce eyebrows, winged eye-liners and headbands were a common theme.
1. NINA DOBREV
Nina had one of the boldest makeup looks of the night, at the Vanity Fair afterparty, with a smoky eye and cat-eye that was on point; I should say it was the most perfect liner ever, the kind that we all dream about being able to apply. Whereas the liner was the hero of the look, the highlighter (E.L.F. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls, $4) was no side-kick and added the perfect glow to natural looking skin. Best of all, the entire look was extremely affordable using E.L.F products only! The pinky-nude lip was also created using the Beautifully Bare Matte EyeShadow in Blushing Rose ($4).
2. LILY COLLINS
Lilly Collins went for old Hollywood glamour at the Vanity Fair afterparty and totally slayed it; the dress, the hair, the makeup….just utter perfection! Just like Nina, it was Lily’s cat eyeliner that was the star of the look but a very modern twist. If you look closer (or Instagram), you’ll see that it’s not filled in and is just an outline of a wing. Obviously only makeup artist to the stars, Fiona Stiles, could master something like that, which she created using the Lancome Grandiose Blendable Liquid Eyeliner ($32), liquid makeup remover and pointed cotton buds. The lipstick she used was Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir ($32).
3. TARAJI P. HENSON
Taraji just can’t look bad on the red carpet (she was one of my best look picks from the SAG awards as well); in fact I think this was her best look of the season. Her velvet, off the shoulder dress was the perfect example of a classic done perfectly! As was a common theme of the night, she modernized the look with her voluminous curly bob. Her eyebrows and smoky eyes were the main focus of her makeup, which were beautifully complimented with natural glowy skin (Glossier Priming moisturizer) a light blush (Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk and Beam. Note: Preorder available here) and a nude satin lip.
4. EMMA STONE
Not everyone can pull off a golden dress but Emma Stone certainly can; It also doesn’t hurt when it’s an intricately beaded Givenchy dress too. This is a perfect canvas with which to play with different colors on the face, and her makeup artist went with warm shades that complimented both the dress and her red-locks. The eyes are a subtle glittery golden (NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia) with a lovely rusty red lip that adds a pop of color.
5. KIRSTEN DUNST
It can be extremely difficult to balance a strong eye look with an equally strong lip color. In fact, the general rule of thumb is that you pick one to be strong and keep the other more subtle, which was the case with most looks of the night. The reason why I’m picking this in my Top list is because Kirsten’s eyes are extremely well defined with a deep eyeliner (Chantecaille’s Luster Glide Eyeliner in Black Forest) which creates a very piercing look, which somehow balances very well with her cherry lips (Chantecaille’s lipstick in Cerise).