Five Oscar Looks that Demand Applause

Last night’s Academy Awards were a huge success in my book. Instead of my usual live tweeting during the red carpet event, I stayed with my BFF and her 3 month old daughter. We oooh’ed and ahhh’ed. Loved it! Here are my favorite head-to-toe looks from the red carpet and beyond!

Oscars 2010 - RED CARPET

My girl Sarah Jessica Parker was a stunner. The first 3 seconds of looking at her, I thought, “what?” But that’s the magic of SJP. As the fourth second approached, I thought “Oooh, I get it! Yes SJP!” Her sense of style is on a different level. Always chic, always testing the waters. The mega-bun rocked my socks. However the “I love walking down the street on windy days” look was not so hot.

82nd Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

Who else can’t stop talking about Zoe Saldana? She’s already hot to begin with, but the hair, makeup, dress, shoes. Wow. There are a few brief moments where I only love her dress from the belly button, up. And then I see the rest of the dress and think that it can be cool too. But the shoes. Wow. Might have to snatch those up!

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Beauty Scans: Lauryn Hill and the Glossy Smoky Eye

There is so much makeup inspiration stored on these two small pages!  On the left (Honey Magazine, I think) beauty trends for the fall (of 2003). Smoking out the eye with a charcoal or black shadow, then adding a light gloss to the top for effect.  The go to product in the industry is “MAC Gloss” because of the consistency and texture.  I’ve seen it in many, many makeup artists kits. If you don’t want to take your chances, sure, try Petroleum Jelly. Keep in mind that this is one of the go to makeup removers, so your makeup may not stay on very long.  It will probably smear and then begin to melt away.

I’ve said this before, but doesn’t it hurt just a little bit everytime you hear “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill“?  I don’t know the specifics, but we’ve all noticed that Lauryn has been going through some serious changes over the past few years.  Changes that kind of make us worry a little.  Changes that will probably be perfect material for her new album!  I don’t know if she’s working on one, but I do know that she still has that breathtaking voice.  Come on Lauryn, for us? Please?

Lady Gaga Beauty by Billy B.

Lady GaGa arrives at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

The one face that so many of us waited in suspense for was no other than Lady Gaga. Most people love her, or they hate her. I wasn’t really a fan until I saw her video for Bad Romance. In those 3 minutes, I was hooked. I won’t go so far as to say she’s so different, because people argue that she hasn’t reinvented the wheel. She’s major enough that she is now accompanied by my favorite makeup artist, Billy B. I’ve been talking about him for years on this blog, so I’m assuming that I don’t have to give an intro. He’s been working with Gaga for the past few months, thank God.  She’s had some pretty major appearances since the release of her newest EP, The Fame Monster.  This soft grey smokey eye and bubble gum pink lip was flawless. I love how big he made her eyes look.  They demand attention.  The brows are simply perfection. Contouring, lovely. She looks like a glamorous woman, a role that she doesn’t play often.  I’m not saying this because I love Billy, I’m saying it because it’s the truth (well, it’s my opinion anyway!) The outfit was outrageous, and she wore it well.  Armani Prive meets Lady Gaga. Lacefront hairline…not so much.

Whatever the case, I LOVED Gaga’s performance.  It was absolutely perfect.  Sir. Elton John served in this glasses and 5 pound earrings!

Zoe Saldana at the Golden Globes

Zoe Saldana’s look was red carpet perfection! I’m all about a creamy cheek that will take the look to new heights, and she pulled it off perfectly! Her skin was dewy and seductive, the perfect accompaniment to the cheek. Here’s how I would create the look.

1. Apply Make Up For Ever HD Foundation after your face has been primed with a super rich moisturizer. This will instantly give you the red carpet skin that you’ve been craving!

2. Using your fingers or a flat foundation brush, apply a cream blush along the cheek bone. Some of my favorite brands are Becca Blush Cremes, MAC Cream Color Bases and Cream Blushes, and Tarte Cheek Stains!

3. A soft, chocolate smokey eye really makes the look seductive! Use a neutral color on the lid and a darker color in the crease, followed by loads of liner, mascara and false lashes! Just about every brand sells a smokey eye kit that will get you the look you need. For an inexpensive alternative, try the Cover Girl Eye Shadow Quad in Lionqueen.

To get Zoe’s hair, Hair stylist Mara Roszak used Tresemme products! Here’s her complete breakdown:

-Starting with damp hair, apply TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, and part hair to one side (slightly off center). Blow dry with a small round brush.
-Spray a soft hold hairspray all over head, like TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray, and curl 1″ sections using a 1″ barrel curling iron. Let hair twist as your wrap, and pin to scalp.
-Let the hair sit in pin curls for at least 10 min. Take out pins, and brush delicately, without a lot of tension to keep the shape.
-Use a small drop of TRESemme Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème on palms of hands, and gently flatten out roots to tame any fly-aways.
-Pin one side (side with less hair) behind the ear, and finish with TRESemme Frizz Shield Finishing Spray. Make sure to keep the “S” form around the face.

As much as I loved the beauty aspect, I wasn’t fond of her dress. At all. Just my thoughts. Stay tuned for more from the Golden Globes red carpet!

Beauty Scan: Destiny’s Child

I love this picture of Destiny’s Child! They were growing up, wearing eye liner and lip colors for big girls! This was during the reign of their 2nd album, “The Writing’s On The Wall”, circa 1999. Wow. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup then (I was a freshman in high school), but remember trying to figure out how to successfully line my eyes this way. The champagne attire and pink lips were a total hit!!!