This year's Academy Awards may not have had a host, but that didn't stop the celebrity attendees from bringing their beauty A-game as usual.
Last night, that was certainly the case for makeup, but hair was a different story. The ubiquitous old Hollywood waves of seasons past were for the most part replaced by bobs, braids and interesting hair accessories.
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Constance has been very hit and miss, but finally, she delivered! In this simple, bouncy ponytail and soft red lip, she looks more comfortable and confident than she has all awards season. It's the bright yellow dress that really makes it feel young and fresh. I just wish her foundation shade was a fraction lighter to better match her skin tone.
Aren't you so happy to see Emilia has returned to brunette? Here's her hair the last time we saw her—it has grown a lot as well! With her bob all slicked down, the focus is on sheer hot pink lips, matching cheeks and shimmering pink shadow. As always, I love her strong brows and natural skin texture (no Botox here). But I'm wondering if she's had her upper lip done!
I could stare at Laura's makeup all day. The aqua shadow melting into a soft purple, with creamy coral lips... have you ever seen anything so exquisite?! It's also nice to see her hair up for a change, although the wispy tendrils are feeling a bit "prom" with the necklace. I think she maybe peaked too early this awards season!
Laura is wearing: Moisturizer • Face mist • Eye cream • Foundation in Beige Rosé 92 and Beige Rosé 102 • Concealer in Caramel • Powder in 40 Doré • Highlighter in Sculpting • Illuminator • Blush in Foschia Rosa • Eyeshadow in Poupre Profond • Eyeshadow in Nuage Bleu • Eyeliner in Espresso • Mascara in Noir • Brow pencil in Brun Profond • Brow mascara in Brun • Lip balm • Lipstick in Beat
On TV, I was distracted by Gaga's deep spray tan, but I'm not seeing evidence of it here (well, except for her arms). This is the most natural-looking makeup she's worn so far this year. I'm not a fan of the white hair, but the sculptural updo is kind of cool. And her skin is truly beautiful.
Lady Gaga is wearing: Primer • Foundation • Concealer in Medium 33 and Medium 36 • Powder in Muse • Blush in Lush & Libido • Eyeshadow in Steel(etto) • Eyeliner in Steel(etto) • Lash primer • Mascara in Noir • Lipstick in Slow Burn
Speaking of cool updos... Amandla's intricate braids are a work of art! Apparently, they were inspired by 1920s finger waves (and her flapper-esque dress), made modern with texture. Her cat eyes—especially the liner at the inner corners—make this extra fierce.
Hooray! Irina is back with the incredible bob that stole the show at the Golden Globes, now a few inches shorter. I predict this will inspire countless haircuts for the foreseeable future. It's even more chic with such bare-faced makeup. (But there's no way her lips are natural, right?)
Emma has gone brunette again, I'm assuming for a role, and her hair seems quite a bit shorter now, too. Already, the colour makes her look so pale, and the matching dress does not help! I get why her hair was slicked down with those shoulders, but it does nothing for her. However, I think the makeup is good considering the circumstances.
Amy was the one star on this red carpet who didn't veer from traditional Hollywood glam. With the light colour of her dress, I like that she amped up her eye makeup with a strong copper all the way up to her brows. I just wish she wore her hair up and sleek instead of these tired waves.
I love how Tessa's beauty look is so well considered, to go with her dress. The dusting of gold on top of a charcoal smoky eye is absolutely stunning (and the rest of her features need no extra adornment). Wearing her hair down gives this a relaxed vibe, but still polished since it's off her face.
Tessa is wearing: Foundation • Concealer • Bronzer in 70 • Blush in Rose Bronze • Eyeshadow in Patine Bronze • Eyeshadow in Codes Élégants • Eyeshadow in Quintessance • Eyeliner in Noir • Mascara • Brow mascara in Brun • Lip liner in Natural • Lipstick in Chicness
Charlize went darker specifically for the Oscars, on the advice of her hairstylist. I do like the brunette with the pale blue dress... just not on her! Along with the high neck and puffed sleeves, it's too mature and aging. Blonde is what gives her that star quality! Makeup-wise, her skin looks gorgeous and the lipstick is pretty, but I'd prefer more feathery brows.
Lucy has been bringing us such experimental looks (like her eyeliner at the SAGs and her eyeshadow at the Globes), I can't help but feel let down here. I think part of it is that the dress is so dark and jarring against her super light skin and hair. It just doesn't seem cohesive. The wavy bob, pink eyeshadow and matching lip gloss are all fine, but I find the lashes too long and clumpy.
Lucy is wearing: Moisturizer • Face mist • Eye mask • Foundation in Porcelain • Concealer in 1 • Powder in Candlelight • Blush in Butterfly (as blush and eyeshadow) • Eyeshadow in Sylvie • Eyeshadow in Polar Ice • Eyeshadow in Sole • Mascara • Lipstick in Wisteria
Don't you enjoy how Danai looks completely different on every red carpet? This could not be further apart from what she brought us at the BAFTAs! It's also one of the most interesting ensembles here, with the headband, braids and multi-tonal eyeshadow. I'd tone it down slightly by ditching the lashes and hair accessory. She doesn't need them.
Danai is wearing: False lashes
We've never seen Ashley looking so elegant! There's something so beautiful about the sleek hair, bare shoulders and diamond necklace. Her ballerina bun is actually covered in mini velvet bows (here it is from the back). I think this would be even better with more natural makeup—at least less bronzer and brown eyeshadow.
Ashley is wearing: Foundation in Medium Beige • Concealer in Biscuit • Powder • Contour in Make Me Bronze • Blush in Naughty Nude • Eyeshadow in Cognac • Eyeshadow in Enigma • Eyeliner in Black • Mascara • Brow pencil in Soft Brown and Medium Brown • Lipstick in Audacious Mauve • Lipstick in Nude Attitude
Gemma's mega-voluminous pink dress was very divisive, and perhaps the same goes for her beauty look. While I think the low bun was the right fit, I would have preferred it to be smooth. I'm not sure the matte pink eyeshadow really works, but the cat eyes are great—and there's a touch of emerald green to match her earrings!
What I like about this is that Brie doesn't look "done." The casual lob hairstyle makes the sequinned gown more relaxed. The problem is, rooty blonde is not her friend. I'm also not a fan of the rusty brown-toned makeup. Peaches and corals are her colours.
Brie is wearing: Toner • Serum • Moisturizer • Foundation in Beige 30 • Concealer in 20 Beige and 30 Beige • Bronzer • Powder in 30 Naturel • Blush in 22 • Blush in In Love • Blush in Tweed Beige • Highlighter in White Opal • Highlighter in Sculpting • Powder in 20 (as eyeshadow) • Eyeshadow in Lueurs Ambrees • Eyeliner in Espresso • Mascara in Noir • Brow pencil in Blond Cendré • Brow mascara in Transparent • Lip liner in Mordoré • Lipstick in Bois Rose • Lipstick in Chicness
This is more of an after-party look on Jennifer. The best part is her hair—the smooth, controlled waves and the gorgeous face-framing golden highlights. But I'm never into her makeup, and this is no exception. There's way too much contour, the eyeshadow is dated and she's got an obvious ring around her lips. Less is more, J.Lo!
I firmly believe that Rachel is working with the wrong styling team right now. I mean, what is this dress and this headband?! It's like they're deliberately trying to make her look bad. At least the makeup is understated (if she'd gone matchy-matchy with a red lip, I would have lost it).
Why is Marie Kondo at the Oscars? I don't know, but she's adorable. These are definitely the best bangs of the night, and I love her soft blush and lip colour. The only problem is her brow pencil is too red (but at least the bangs sort of hide it).
Krysten is currently expecting, so she's got that pregnancy glow going on here. This burgundy dress is a good colour for her, and she's one of the few people who can pull off smoky eyes with a dark lip and not look heavy. However, something about this feels a little dated. Maybe hair up and a cleaner eye would have been more modern?
Just like her daughter Zoë Kravitz, Lisa exudes cool on the red carpet. She stayed true to her Bohemian style, wearing an embellished dress with her dreadlocks in a loose updo. Her skin is in great condition (she is 51!) and the shimmery pinky-mauve eyeshadow is a fun touch.
Okay, but who are we kidding here? The REAL star of the 2019 Oscars was Jason Momoa's scrunchie. It's colour-coordinated to his suit, natch, and he later used it at the after-parties to throw his hair up into a man bun. Respect!
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?