Before we dive into this year's Oscars beauty extravaganza, I wanted to catch us up with all the hair and makeup action that's been happening on other red carpets.
Freida Pinto, Brie Larson and Kate Bosworth top my "most inspiring" list lately:
What I love: Oh, everything! Freida always look great, but this is beyond gorgeous. I love that she let loose with her hair, adding cool wavy texture to her relatively new lob length. I'm dying over the contrast of her luminous warm skin with the shiny metallic dress. Her pinky stained lips, barely-smoked eyes and rosy blush are all flawless. What I'd change: Nothing!
What I love: I knew Brie had nice skin, but I'm not sure I realized it was THIS good. How beautiful is her dewy, peachy-pink glow? (Makes you wonder why we've seen her in dull brownish makeup so often....) The thick black liner along her upper lash lines adds a graphic but not overbearing touch. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Our first of two Kate looks this week is one of her go-to lipstick shades, a beautiful creamy orange that makes her complexion sing. I love the fresh feel with her hair tightly scraped back, dewy skin and bare eyelids. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: We don't usually see Kate in this rich, glossy raspberry lip colour—I like it! Also enjoying how she echoed the colour very softly on her eyelids, with just fluffy lashes, no liner. What I'd change: Her skin has texture, but that's probably the harsh lighting. I would tone down the blush.
What I love: Sorry not sorry, I will NEVER get sick of Rooney. She didn't venture from her typical "daytime" style here, showing off perfect skin and bold brows with a tight, centre-parted updo. Chunky lashes are what makes the look. What I'd change: If you look closely, her brow pencil on the tails isn't quite a match.
What I love: On many people, it might look too heavy, but Olivia does a pretty good job of balancing a lip AND an eye. The burnished gold shadow definitely holds its own against her coral pink lipstick, and both look glam with her extra-long locks. What I'd change: The blush is too strong and you can see the texture sitting on top of her skin—do not like. Her false lashes are sitting okay on one eye, but not the other.
What I love: The only look worth showing you from the BAFTAs was Dakota's, and it happens to be one that epitomizes her signature style. I've definitely come to identify her with this mid-brown hair colour, imperfect bangs, chunky lashes, fresh skin and red lipstick. The wash of purple shadow is unexpected and a really modern touch. What I'd change: Nothing—Dakota is most appealing when it doesn't look like she's trying too hard.
What I love: So adorable, right? Rachel looks like an absolute doll in this outfit, and the hair and makeup are so complementary. Obviously, it was a great opportunity to show off her bob, and I'm glad she kept it textured, not too sweet. Low-key makeup with shiny lip gloss and flushed cheeks keep this fresh. What I'd change: They're not too bad, but I've yet to see a pair of falsies on Rachel that I actually like. Also, I've said it before—I think she can do way better with her hair colour.
What I love: I really like seeing these dark berry lips on Jamie. This shade reminds me a lot of this look from last year, except in a soft, matte texture. That she wore it with sun-kissed skin and a sprinkling of freckles is a neat juxtaposition. What I'd change: The false lashes are wonky, and I feel like Jamie has yet to find her best brows. I like the fullness, but I'd brush them up instead of downward.
What I love: It's not as breathtaking or fashiony as Elsa's recent amfAR Gala look, but I still like this. If you can get past the blonde bombshell thing, her makeup is really quite good. I LOVE the matte, "your lips, only better" lipstick with a matching tone on her cheeks (which you'd think would look too heavy, but doesn't). The black liquid liner application is so precise. What I'd change: Nothing... but I'm not sure we civilians would get the same results from that blush!
What I love: Hilary has pink hair! Or is that lilac... I'm not sure. Whatever you want to call it, I'm loving her new look of faded pastel colour in a cute textured bob. This suits her more than long hair—she literally looks like a weight is off her shoulders. The brow tone, heavy lashes and pale lips are all working, too. What I'd change: Maybe a bit of mattifying powder, but it's hard to say with this lighting.
What I love: Finally, a hair change from Alicia! Instead of her usual half-back long, straight style, she did wavy hair tucked under in a faux bob. Her skin looks unreal, with the same barely-stained reddish lips we saw at Palm Springs. No plum eyeshadow this time, just lashes. What I'd change: While I applaud her mixing it up, I feel like the shape of this faux bob isn't quite right. Maybe this one would be better?
What I love: There's something I love about this charcoal eyeshadow in a rounded shape up to Emmy's eyelid creases. I suppose it's the idea of exaggerating a feature, instead of trying to "compensate" for it with some camouflaging technique. Her hair is super-beautiful and a bit '60s in these luscious smooth waves. What I'd change: The strong blush and shimmer lip gloss might distract a little from the eye statement, and I think she could've skipped the false lashes and gone softer under the eyes. Mostly, I'm bothered by the brow pencil—it's not only the wrong shade, but not blended well at the top.
What I love: So now we know those makeup ads, where Adriana is staring at us intensely like this? Not a creation of Photoshop. She can do it on demand. It's hard not to appreciate the glamour of her matte red lips, straight brows and tight updo in a deep side part. What I'd change: I know blush would be overkill, but her skin could use a little more "life." I also thought she had more natural brows; they look threaded here.
What I love: This braid is so darling! More of this, please, Karlie. To me, she is at her best when she embraces her girl-next-door looks—I never got the Victoria's Secret sexy vibes. What I'd change: Just need crisp ends on that braid.
Who had your favourite beauty look lately?