Contributor Jordan Reid shares her beauty and style know-how to get you prepped for those seasonal events and special occasions in which you want to put your best look forward.
I spent last year’s Academy Awards telecast very happily planted on my couch with a sleeping four-month-old in the next room and an enormous bowl of beef and beer stew on my lap.
You know what? It was way fun. I got to make ridiculous expressions at the TV without anyone actually seeing them (until, well, now, I guess).
This year, I’m going wild and ordering Chinese food.
If you’re headed out to a for-real Oscars party, though, good for you. They’re always a blast. And theme parties are a perfect time to have a little fun with your look. After all, even if you go a bit overboard, you’ll still feel secure knowing that someone on the red carpet is bound to upstage you by wearing something like a swan around her neck!
Oh, just go big. It’s the Oscars!
Start by giving skin a glamorous, dewy glow by applying Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer to your cheekbones and along your collarbones. Apply concealer where needed. Then dust on a soft pink blush, like L’Oréal Paris True Match Naturale Blush in Pinched Pink.
On your eyes, start with a gold shadow (I like L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine), and layer a deep brown into the crease for extra glamour. Open up and brighten your eyes by applying a highlighter to the inner corners. (NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland is gorgeous, and works for any skin tone.) Smudge some Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion into your lash lines, and then add false lashes. (Shu Uemura offers everything from subtle accent lashes to styles adorned with crystals, lace and feathers.)
On your lips, go for color that will last through hors d’oeuvres. I like applying a neutral pencil, like Sue Devitt Lip Intensifier Pencil in Kirakira, and then adding a swipe of pale gloss on top. Try:Maybelline Color Sensational Lipgloss in Sugared Honey.
You’ve got hours (and hours and hours) to go before that Best Picture winner finally takes the stage, so choose an easy, relaxed style that will look pretty all night long.
For romantic (but still polished) curls, start by blow-drying hair with a round brush. Add anti-frizz serum to smooth locks. Then use a one-inch barrel curling iron to curl small sections of your hair. If you’d like beachy waves, only curl hair about two-thirds of the way up your hair shaft. Finish by misting flexible-hold hair spray.
Do you even have to ask what to wear?
Gold, of course. But only in bits and pieces, so as to avoid looking like a little statuette yourself. Try pairing a gold sequin skirt with a pale cashmere sweater, or layering a glam gold tank under a blazer. Even a skinny metallic belt added to a simple jeans-and-tee look will give your outfit that extra-festive boost you need to be awards-season appropriate.
Photo: Vera Wang Collection Tulip skirt; Rachel Zoe teardrop earrings; Crate & Barrel Viv sparkling wine flutes; Oriental Trading mini striped popcorn boxes; Oscars party gift tags; Jordan Reid watching the Oscars (courtesy of Reid)