Gold star beauty
Date: 04 april 2018

The Academy Awards red carpet threw up some major beauty surprises this year. We’ve been busy unraveling how some of our favourite stars got their glam on. Here’s our Oscar beauty guide - By Parizaad Khan Sethi


J Law’s a red carpet darling for a reason, but this time she blew her beauty look out of the park. The tousled, center-parted lob was a masterpiece, as was her dramatic winged eyeshadow. Deploy the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Golden Hour, a few brushes. Start at the inner corners of the eye and blend in some shades starting from light, moving to dark. Finish with some major mascara action and a matte brick lip, like Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bang-Bang.

Hands up if you gasped when Cookie rolled up to the Oscars, ready to perform some major red carpet slayage. That Vera Wang gown was all kinds of fine, but we’re giving mad credit to her glam squad as well. To get her look, start by crafting a full but natural-looking brow. Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Espresso will set the base and give you a flawless arch without looking heavy. The trick to nailing Taraji’s look is to have the same colour family on the lips and cheeks. It’s insane how great shades of purple look on deeper skin tones, so we picked Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Brocade to stay close to Taraji-perfection as possible. Sweep on Bobbi Brown Blush in Berry on the apples of your cheeks and sashay down an imaginary red carpet.

Queen Lupita can do no wrong in the beauty department, but this makeup is a spectacular example of doing justice to deeper skintones. Subtle hints of bronze make her skin look electric, while a navy smoky eye is punched up with a thick cobalt liner. Craft a smoked-out shadow using a palette like Clinique’s All About Shadow Quad in Smoke And Mirrors. Run a blue eyeliner over the upper and lower lash lines, getting as close to the lashes as possible—we love M.A.C Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue. Use an eyeliner brush and a bright blue gel like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt Ink to draw a stylish wing on the upper lid. Mascara and a glossy bronze lipstick completes the Lupita look.

There’s a lot to love about Gal Gadot and we’ve added this Oscars makeup to the list. Gal’s skin was understated perfection, crafted with a sheer foundation like M.A.C Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation. To create an effortless feathery bold brow, use a tinted gel like Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown to set the hair in place and subtly fill in any gaps. Stick on a pair of false lashes (we can’t get enough of Huda Beauty Faux Mink Lash in Farah) to imitate her flutter, or mimic the look with a lengthening and volumizing mascara like Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black. The anchor of this makeup is the creamy raspberry lip, so work on perfecting that. M.A.C Cremesheen Lipstick in Pretty Boy is a great match. After applying the lipstick, perfect the outer edges with a lip liner like Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Figgy to get a crisp line.

We loved the simplicity of Salma’s makeup paired with the braided updo—both of which contrasted with that deliciously extra gown. Pick foundation wisely—you want something that gives coverage but doesn’t look cakey. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is a perfect match because of its velvety finish and great concealing power. Black eyeliner is always a classic, and you can’t go wrong with a felt-tipped one like Estee Lauder Little Black Liner in Onyx. Salma’s lipstick, however, is a standout shade. The creamy grape colour has a metallic sheen, and we found its twin in Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Metallic Matte Sculpting Lipstick Passion Patina. A lip like that does all the talking.
Gold star beauty