When it comes to Hollywood’s red-carpet events, the Oscars show is the biggest night of the year without a doubt—and celebrities pull out all the stops to dazzle the fans (and each other) with glamour and gorgeousness.
At the 88th annual Academy Awards—held Sunday evening in Los Angeles—fairy-tale princesses were everywhere. That’s very fitting of course, given that the film industry’s stock in trade is illusion and fantasy.
Among all the loveliness on display, a certain set of certified actresses truly dazzled, keeping to the night’s theme of regal elegance as only those anointed with an Academy Award could. From sleek hair to smoky eyes to plunging necklines, these winners and past-winners showed the night’s biggest trends to their best advantage.
Brie Larson, who took home the best actress statuette for her performance in Room, was the epitome of every little girl’s dream—starting with her princess-like blue gown from Gucci, featuring a jeweled waistband and a ruffled skirt and train just made for twirling around the dance floor. Brie’s polished waves were adorned with a Swarovski crystal comb, with strands of hair woven into it for a crown-like effect, and large pearls dangling from her ears. Her makeup included glowing skin, eyes lined in Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner in Purple Choc, and rosebud-pink lips in Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Lip Colour in Rayonnante.
Belle of the ball
The night’s other big winner, Alicia Vikander (best supporting actress, The Danish Girl), chose a Louis Vuitton number for her grand entrance. The strapless, bubble-hem dress was butter-colored and adorned with silver embellishments. Perhaps not coincidentally, it reminded some bloggers of Belle’s ball gown from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Alicia accessorized the dress with a pair of large, sparkly, diamond-shaped earrings and wore her hair in a partly-up, partly-down style with gentle waves and a half-bun in the back. Her makeup was simple, with light contouring and a light-taupe smoky eye.
Cate the great
The always-impeccably stylish Cate Blanchett (who boasts acting Oscars in both lead and supporting roles) stunned in a seafoam confection with cap sleeves, a plunging neckline, floral and crystal embellishments and the requisite train, designed by Armani Privé. Cate’s hair was worn in a side-swept short bob, with subtle eye makeup thanks to Eyes to Kill Solo eyeshadow from Giorgio Armani. Her platinum drop earrings with marquise and round diamonds came from Tiffany.
Moore to love
Julianne Moore (last year’s best actress for Still Alice) chose a black Chanel Couture A-line gown with graphic lines created by beading embellishments on the plunging neckline, straps and bustline. She wore her hair in flowing waves, and kept her makeup fresh and translucent, letting her freckles peek through, with a pinky nude lip color from L’Oreal called Jennifer’s Nude. To add extra sparkle, she accessorized the look with diamond hoop earrings, a large floral cuff bracelet and a stunning green cocktail ring.
Styling tip: To get Julianne’s long, voluminous waves for yourself, check out our step-by-steps for the Va-Va Volume technique.
The red-carpet warrior
Charlize Theron, the statuesque star of Mad Max: Fury Road and best actress winner for Monster, looked sensational in a slinky, scarlet Christian Dior gown that boasted a deep V and a long train. It was set off by diamond cluster earrings and a long, diamond-and platinum necklace that fell perfectly against the skin revealed by her plunging neckline. Her blonde hair was styled in a sleek, sideswept chignon with a rolled wave along her forehead. The look was completed with understated makeup, including a nude lip, bronzed skin and smoky eyes in warm tones of brown and rust.
A piece of Reese
Best-actress vet Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) wore a custom purple silk faille Oscar de la Renta gown with bustino, cinched waist and bustle, and lots of Tiffany bling on her ears, wrists and fingers. Her long blonde hair was styled sleek and straight, and her makeup consisted of shimmery gold eyes from the Chantecaille Luxe Eye Duo in Laguna, and a strawberry lip courtesy of a layering of Chantecaille Lip Chic in Red Juniper and Chantecaille Lipstick in Poppy.
And while the West Coast is pretty much done with its big red-carpet events for the year, there is likely to be some sort of formal event on your own social calendar for 2016—whether it’s a wedding, a company function or a black-tie affair. So, if you’d like to look like these or other stunners from this year’s Oscars, head on over to your favorite Keratin Complex stylist and ask for the red-carpet treatment …
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