Awards Season Beauty Watch: Oscars
Date: 01 march 2017

Award season culminates in the big O, and we’ve got our beauty tracking radar on high alert. Our beauty winners get no gold statuettes, but our yearlong devotion for bringing their A game. - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

The Emmas had us wondering if we were seeing double on the red carpet. Gold dusted eyes, matte red lips (Stone’s were brick red while Roberts rocked a more orangey vibe) and glossy red hair styled in side-parted sleek old Hollywood waves—there was two of everything (except that Oscar!) If beauty twinning on the red carpet is ever in our future, may it be while we have on this cool yet classic look. Till then, we’re practicing with Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Emotional for Stone’s reddish-brown lip, and Envious, for Roberts’ fiery red.

Monáe’s monochromatic makeup was stunning in its simplicity, letting her natural beauty—and that gown!—shine. Negga’s matchy lip and gown combo was also a big win. But more than the makeup, their hairstyles and accessories caught everyone’s attention. Monáe’s cool choppy, messy pixie was romanticized with the gold and crystal headpiece—if you’re lucky enough to have the bone structure to rock this choppy pixie cut, break out some Kiehl's Creative Cream Wax and go to town with chunky gold accessories. Negga took the red theme further; her ruby tiara sat atop a crowning glory of glossy black hair. Brb, we’re working Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom into our hair and hunting down our ruby-studded crown.

Steinfeld conducted a masterclass in how to punk out a pretty makeup look. Her softly smoked eyes and Bambi eyelashes were additionally prettied up with shimmery lips and softly blushing cheeks. If that’s where it had ended, we’d all have to shoot up insulin because of its diabetic sweetness. (There is absolutely such a thing as too sweet and too pretty.) But her hair brought the badassery—there were slicked back sides and a backcombed front, and a crazy, sculpted chignon party in the back. Nothing that some Kiehl's Silk Groom Serum and our grade 3 origami class skills can’t recreate.

TBH we’re not sure if Taraji’s made this list because we’re madly in love with this look or with Taraji herself, but either way, you’re going to have to read about it. At first, it looks like pretty but safe red carpet makeup, but trust Cookie to ensure that nothing’s as it seems. The electric blue liner gives us a buzz—just the way Taraji makes us feel every time she’s on screen. Lucky for us, mimicking this look won’t take much—just get your hands on one of these eyeliners: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt Ink, M.A.C Modern Twist Kajal Liner in Ocean Liner or Estée Lauder Double Wear Infinite Water Proof Eyeliner in Indigo. Throw in some Clinique Cheek Pop in a neutral shade like Nude Pop, and a pinky nude gloss and you’re golden.

Well hello lilac, a colour formerly reserved for cute old grannies. Looks like we will be breaking out the purple shadow (M.A.C Eye Shadow X 9 in Purple Times Nine has been in heavy rotation as we’ve been recreating award show looks). Culpo’s eye looks so cool and modern because 1. the eyeshadow is all over her upper and lower eyelids, creating a halo of sorts 2. there’s no traditional black eyeliner marring the freshness of the purple pigment 3. her spiky black lashes give the eyes all the framing and definition they need and 4. everything else—lips and cheeks—are nude, and doing a stellar job at enhancing her features but not taking away from the main event, those eyes.

Collins’ look wasn’t technically a red carpet one—she wore it to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. But when a makeup look riffs this brilliantly on a classic theme, it has to make it to this list. At first glance, Collins’ makeup transformed her into a film noir heroine fit to star in a classic from Hollywood’s Golden Age—the deep mulberry lip, long lashes and deep glossy waves are a nod to retro beauties like Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall. But look closer, and you see her razor sharp, jet black eyeliner is a negative space cat eye. If there ever was a way to revive a classic makeup look in a 21st century way, you’re looking at it.
Awards Season Beauty Watch: Oscar