Academy Awards Beauty Special (Part 2)
THE Academy Awards is no doubt the night with the most glitz and glam. And when you bring the best in the business together, they are no doubt going to show up dressed up and made up to the nines. Here are some of the boldest, most glamorous looks we’ve seen since 2006 to 2013. Get next week’s copy to see more!
PRESENTER Jennifer Lopez sparkled in a crystal-strung Marchesa design. “Pretty huh? I want to keep it!” she told reporters of her gown, but we were focussed on her stunning hair and make-up. She pulls out all the stops for the big award nights year after year. 2007’s soft, curly bob and feline eyeliner flicks are gorgeous.
THIS braided volumised up-do is the stuff of bridal dreams, yes, even in 2017. Jessica wore the romantic look beautifully, proving it’s all in the details.
IN 2007, Helen Mirren won best actress for her work in The Queen, at 61 she showed the world that she could still shine as sparkly as the younger starlets. She stuck to her signature hairstyle, a short volumised blowout.
NICOLE Kidman looked elegant in a lipstick-red Balenciaga gown to match her red lipstick. She may not have been nominated for any awards in 2007, but this dress definitely got her noticed. Her sleek locks helped to keep the focus on her dress.
ONE thing we can learn from 2007’s Best Supporting Actress winner is to use a light, shimmery colour and place it directly on the center of your lid, the inner corner and under the arch. The highlights open up your entire eye, giving you a bright, polished look.
WANT perfect blush? Just look at Rosamund Pike! If you have strong cheekbones with a deep hollow in the cheeks, applying blush only to the apples softens the face and makes it less angular, like Rosamund did here.
EFFORTLESS. Keisha’s flapper hair-do was nothing over the top. She kept it simple, elegant and looked absolutely perfect.
FREIDA gave a nod to her homeland with a sari-inspired dress design, but keeps her hair and make-up simple – a low chignon and lips with just a smidge of colour – to balance her cobalt dress.
THIS is JenAn at her finest: laidback with a touch of glam. The fun braid adds interest to the world’s most-coveted hair, but doesn’t distract from her natural beauty.
WE love that Kate doesn’t play it safe, while still keeping it classic. Her sculptural style looked amazing, and wasn’t she ahead of the game? This sleek modern take on a retro style doesn’t look dated at all.
Evan Rachel Wood
MS Wood’s hair is so shellacked and her eye make-up so OTT, the then 22 year old could easily pass for 40. Her flawless skin is the only good thing here. Shame.
ZOë‘s updo is the rare blend of grown-up and playful, not to mention extremely flattering. Use dry shampoo to give volume and get the piecey texture that keeps it from looking old-fashioned create a bun just below the crown, which is more youthful than placing it at the nape.
WE’RE sure Carey‘s crop (and entire make-up look for that matter) is a throwback to Audrey Hepburn. This is a look that will never date. Soft eyes and lips plus natural brows equals beauty goals.
“THE dress does make the woman,” joked Sandra Bullock, but we disagree! We were crushing on her bright pink lip and sleekness of her hairstyle.
Sarah Jessica Parker
WE don’t know what we love more, the metallic make-up or the jumbo bun. What could have looked too forced looked cool thanks to a wispy finish with her hair and lashings of nude lipgloss.
IF you think a ponytail at the Oscars is inappropriate, just look at Reese (and Kate and Jennifer below). She took the trend at the time for ponies to the extreme! Reese’s all-American take was full of body and bounce.
KATE turned a basic ponytail into a sexy and easy updo by adding a bouffant for extra height and curling the ends for a flirty touch.
UNEXPECTED curly ponytail at the back and voluminous updo at the front. Jennifer’s hair was a masterpiece. It even had a knot!
HALLE’s cat-eye liner is so effective because it’s done in warm, shimmering shades that flatter her skin and pale lips match her dress to tie the look together.
CATE‘s lavender gown, looked like couture armor on the red carpet. She accompanied her beaded dress with a light pink lip colour and rosy cheeks. Natural does it!
THAT time when Angelina bared her right leg and it became an instant internet sensation. Can you say Va-Va-Voom?! She accented the sultry gown with even more sultry make-up.
ROONEY bridged the gap between her dramatic dark hair and pale skin with shades that made her eyes pop. And of course the geometric bangs and a matte red lip made a statement.
WE’VE never seen a more perfect cat eye than Jessica’s. She lets her eyes stand out by keeping the rest of her face muted. Even though she didn’t take home an award, she definitely made it on many best beauty lists.
OCTAVIA Spencer was already a winner in the make-up department with her dark brows, framing her face and especially her eyes. Keep your complexion matte by starting your make-up application with mattifying primer.