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Oscars How-To: 3 Stars, 3 Artists, 3 Jaw-Dropping Looks

Oscars How-To: 3 Stars, 3 Artists, 3 Jaw-Dropping Looks

Lupita Nyong’o: Precious and Pearlescent

Lupita Nyongo with Lancome for the red carpet.
Lupita Nyongo flashes a killer highlight pre-after party madness.

Lupita Nyong’o’s stunned at the Oscars afterparty in an Oscar de la Renta white feathered confection. Her makeup artist Nick Barose said “…Lupita’s white feathery dress called for a feminine, flirty look”. Barose achieved this with pearlescent eyes, raspberry toned lips and loads of lashes. For Nyong’o’s base Barose kept things velvet matte with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Longwear 24H foundation. He applied Teint Idole Custom Highlighting Drops in Bronze Glow to the tops of the cheekbones, collarbones and shoulders. For her silvery, pearlescent shadow look he worked from the Color Design and Starlight Sparkle palettes. He applied lighter metallic shades wet to make their pearlescent finish pop. He finished off the glowing look with loads of mascara, a little black eyeliner and a matte berry lip.


Lily Collins: High Romance

Lily Collins on the red carpet with Lancome.
A rose by any other name: Lily Collins rocked a soft, floral look at the Academy Awards.

In a whimsical Marchesa gown and dripping in Cartier Collins cut a romantic figure at the Vanity Fair after party. Indeed, the next day the internet was awash with rumours she was spotted canoodling with actor Noah Centineo,  so seemingly the romantic vibes extended beyond her outfit. Lily’s makeup artist Fiona Stiles said her doe-eyed look was inspired by the “mix of soft and dark shades of her dress.” She worked from the Lancome Starlight Sparkle palette and applied lashings of Monsieur Big Mascara for soft flirty smokey eye.

However, the real statement was on the cheeks. Stiles used a draping technique blending two shimmering blush tones up Collins’ cheek and onto the temples. Draping has been referred to as an alternative to contouring, popularised in the 80’s it is being used by artists to frame the face in a romantic, rather than Kardashian-esque way. Often a softer blush tone will be applied up to the temples and a stronger tone on the apples of the cheeks. In this case “Pink Fling” a soft pastel pink was blended towards the temples. “Rose Paradise”, a deep fuchsia was then added to the cheeks to give dimension. Stiles finished off the look with Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Si Seulement for mauve-pink neutral lip and left Collins gorgeous brows lightly filled in and brushed upwards.

Julia Roberts: Pretty in Pink


Julia Roberts in Lancome at the Oscars after party.
Julia Roberts at the Osars after party.

The presenter stunned at her first Oscars ceremony since 2014. She was bang on trend in hot-pink Elie Saab gown and Cindy Chao jewellery (seriously, who put out the Oscars memo for pink gowns?). Makeup artist Genevieve Herr focused drama on the eyes. Herr says “Julia’s silver look was created to match the silver tones of her jewellery, her classic waved hair and to complement her bright pink dress”.  She used only two single shadows, sleet grey Clock Strikes 12 and metallic silver Lustrous Opal. Herr created depth by applying Clock Strikes 12 to the crease and lash-line before sweeping Lustrous Opal from the inner corners all across the lid. The silver colour  contrasted perfectly with Robert’s hazel eyes.

Herr finished off the look with jet black liquid liner, winged out slightly to elongate the eye. Then she added Lancome Hypnose Drama for lashings of instant volume. She applied Lancome Genefique Hydrogel Melting Sheet Mask and Absolue Revitalizing and Brightening Rich Cream to Robert’s skin pre-application, so skin was plump and dewy. She then selected soft pink tones on cheeks and lips. She applied petal-pink shimmer blush “Petite Bisou” to the cheeks, followed by pink liner and gloss for a just-bitten look.

Best of the Oscars: the Winning Beauty Looks of the 2019 Red Carpet
Winning Beauty Looks of the 2019 Red Carpet

Best of the Oscars: the Winning Beauty Looks of the 2019 Red Carpet


Written by Ruby Feneley

Ruby Feneley is The Carousel Beauty Editor. Her obsession with makeup and skincare started when she modelled in her teens. While she studied English Literature at Sydney University she pivoted from front to behind the camera – receiving her Diploma of Artistry and working as a makeup artist, assisting industry leaders across multiple top brands. In 2017, she moved to New York where she worked as a copywriter for celebrity children’s wear label Appaman Inc. Ruby is now combining her love of makeup and skincare with her passion for writing. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of makeup and skincare – she can spot a Nars lip from 30 feet and recommend skin creams and treatments from chemists to La Mer at a glance. She is always looking for the next big thing in beauty whether it’s an “unsung hero” product, a highlighter hack or a technological innovation to accelerate your anti-ageing regimen.

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