The most glamorous red carpet event of the year (Oscars!) has come and gone, but the stylists’ work will live in our memories—and in magazines and online and on film—forever. Here are some ways you can achieve the timeless looks of the stars.
Be a Softy
Chanel celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin immediately thought of a “beautiful rose” in her garden when she saw actress Michelle Williams in her gown. To achieve that round, soft feeling on the actress' eyes, she used half moon strokes on the lids with the Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystic Eyes. To add a touch of glamour, try a dark liner under the eyes; Levin used a neutral deep brown shade with gold flecks for added texture.
Go for Bronze...or Gold
Leslie Lopez for NARS Cosmetics achieved an elegantly bronzed look for Gwyneth Paltrow to complemented the colorless dress that the actress wore. She used a pop of gold on the eyelids with shades from the NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow and a dark liquid liner from Maybelline along the lash line, finishing the look with volumizing mascara.
Fake a Flawless Complexion
Robin Fredriksz for Lancôme created a clean, polished “old Hollywood” look for Cameron Diaz, with the focus staying on the skin and lips. Fredriksz used Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H for a flawless skin canvas, and the Roses in Love lipstick from the new Lancome Rouge in Love line for an understated air of sophistication.
Give Strands Some Shine
To achieve Emma Stone’s shiny, gem-like hair quality, Mara Roszak for Couture Colour Pequi Oil gave her a sleek and smooth blow dry with Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment on wet hair. The conditioning oil kept the hair looking “healthy and shiny.” Mara then pulled the actress' strands into a ponytail and wrapped pieces of her hair into a bun, securing with bobbypins.
Get Good With Your Hands
After blow drying Kristin Wiig's hair with a round brush, Dove stylist Mark Townsend took three inch sections and wrapped them around a curling iron barrel. Then he used a Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum to loosen the curls, boost shine and add definition. The best way to “break up the curls” is to “use your hands”—not a brush—explains Townsend.
Take a Hair Cue From the Past
To get Jennifer Lopez’s Faye Dunaway 1960’sinspired hair, stylist Lorenzo Martin used L'Oreal EverStyle Volume Root Lifting Spray on damp hair, and a round boar bristle brush for extra volume while blowdrying. A dime size amount of gel distributed evenly throughout the hair ensured frizz-free perfection. Then, he pulled the hair into a pony, before sectioning it into four parts. It’s important to tease each part before securing the pieces into a bun with bobby pins and finishing with a shot of hairspray.