Oscars Beauty: Seven Stellar Hair & Makeup Situations
AS REPORTED BY OUR BEAUTY EXPERT, DANA WOOD
Just when you think these knockouts can’t bring it for one more awards show, they bring it some more. In terms of bridal beauty inspo, there’s literally nothing like the Oscars. Here - in alphabetical order because we don’t like to play favorites - are the night’s biggest hair and makeup wins.
Lucy Boynton’s Icy Blonde Elegance
The Grace Kelly comparisons are inevitable, but hairstylist Jenny Cho imparted just enough oomph (via Unite Hair Boosta) to keep Boynton’s look from skewing too retro. Combined with makeup artist Jo Baker’s tone-on-tone pinks, those platinum strands looked fresh and frisky. In other words, the Bohemian Rhapsody star really rocked it.
Gemma Chan’s Soft, Texture-y Touch
You just don’t do stiff and lacquered with a dress that fabulously voluminous. “The way Gemma combines extreme glamour and a certain coolness gives me French actress vibes,” says Clariss Rubenstein, celebrity hairstylist for The One by Frédéric Fekkai. “I love how Brigitte Bardot’s hair always looked intentional and had a point of view, while still looking totally effortless. I had that in mind when creating Gemma’s look. I never want Gemma to look too coiffed. She’s far too cool for that.” Need we say more? Nope, that’ll just about do it.
Laura Harrier’s Power Brows & Wispy Topknot
Hello...she’s just flat-out adorable. But that doesn’t mean that Laura Harrier’s glam squad didn’t do their bit for the Oscars. In a nice juxtaposition with those fiercely groomed brows and that meticulously winged liner, Jennifer Yepez, celebrity hairstylist for The One by Frédéric Fekkai took her cues from Harrier’s natural curls, an idea that sprang to her during the dress fitting. “We loved that it was feminine, soft and pretty without looking too done,” says Yepez. We did too.
Jennifer Hudson’s Monochrome Moment
Long before she took the stage to belt out “I’ll Fight” (to mixed reviews, says the Internet), JHud was looking positively smashing in red on the red carpet. The slightly wispy center-parted updo was a brilliant choice, drawing focus to Hudson’s flawlessly symmetrical face. The icing on the cake? Those mocha eyes, cheeks and lips. Stunning.
Irina Shayk’s High-Shine Precision Bob
Bradley Cooper’s Significant Other looked utterly amazing at the Oscars because of the handiwork of two individuals: Hair god Harry Josh and makeup whiz Tatyana Makarova for Marc Jacobs Beauty. For the big night, Josh whacked a few inches off Shayk’s previous lob before coaxing her chocolate locks into a state of serious high shine. As for the maquillage, Makarova paired a smokey eye with a glossy nude lip. Dewy and dazzling, with arguably the best coif of the evening. Winning.
Amandla Stenberg’s Kitten Liner & Impossibly Cool Braids
Stenberg is all of 20 years old, but her makeup artist, Kali Kennedy, nonetheless felt the need to perk up the actress’s peepers with Yes To Coconut Energizing Coffee Eye Mask before executing an “Old Hollywood Glamour” look that was anything but. (Old that is; it was definitely Hollywood, and certainly glamorous.) We’re girl-crushing over those braids, though. So major.
Michelle Yeoh’s Ageless Awesomeness
By keeping the whole vibe soft and über-feminine, the dream team of makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani and hairstylist Bertrand Delacourt for Oribe Hair Care maximized Yeoh’s already considerable beauty. The gentle side part, the crisp berry lip, that shimmering Elie Saab gown. If the Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a shining star, we don’t know who is.