We can’t pretend the fact that James Franco was presenting the Oscars last night made us more-than-usually excited about this most glossy of State-side awards – needless to say we thought he look beeuwtiful. Anyhow, moving swiftly onto the ladies and their beauty looks, it was good to see a good old variety of trends on the red carpet last night to keep us on our toes. Please allow us to introduce our faves…
The Ballet Buns
So unless you’ve had your beauty radar turned off for well, months now you’ll know that buns are a huge trend for summer 2011. Seen on the catwalks everywhere from Chloe to Prada to DVF - and in our fave Black Swan too, obvs - high, low, sleek or messy, we love them all in equal measure. On yesterday's red carpet, they were groomed, low and mega-luxe. Mandy Moore’s strong centre part added extra sophistication to her ballerina bun and that oh-so-fabulous lip was created with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square.
Meanwhile, Mila Kunis’ side-swept 'do was the perfect complement to her delicate Elie Saab dress - we loved her rosebud pink lip too - and Hilary Swank’s bun was sculpted by Hollywood stylist Robert Vetica using Moroccanoil. His inspiration? A modern take on romantic, elegant styles worn by the likes of Grace Kelly.
The Red Lips
Look out for this week’s Grazia (out tomorrow!) for our latest lippie lust, and must, have power-shades because it's no secret a red pout makes an instant high-impact finish. So who worked it on Oscar night? Sharon Stone’s eaten-away red lip is altogether quite lovely, is she giving Snooki a run for her money with that poofy hair? We reckon going easier on the eyeliner might have improved this vampy look...
Of course, Sandra Bullock can’t resist pairing her lippie to her bold Vera Wang frock without being too in your face and Anne Hathaway followed suit, proving there’s nothing better than a flawless matte red lip and well, flawless alabaster skin too.
The Pixie Crops
The pixie crop never fails to guarantee a point-of-difference on a catwalk swarming with blow dries and elaborate up-dos, and the same applies for the red carpet. Cate Blanchett lead the way by showing us how to grow out your pixie with good grace (take note girls).
Halle Berry never fails to look marvellous with her fluffy elfin cut, and what lovely brows she has! But Michelle Williams is our official winner-of-the-Oscars-pixie prize. Occasionally, her crop can look a tad frumpy but this side-swept style, we love. It's super-sleek and mega-shiny and the shade perfectly complements her ethereal complexion.
Keep it Nude
Hooray! We're happy to see both the stars and their make-up artists are playing up to the 'less is more' mantra when it comes to red carpet beauty. Too much slap and you could end up looking like an ageing lady and that's the last thing these hot young ladies want, right? Step forward Jennifer Lawrence who worked a beige smoky eye with glowy skin and bouncy, tousled waves. Besides, that slinky crimson Calvin Klein dress is statement enough...
Jennifer Hudson’s eyeliner flick adds a touch of drama to her flawless make-up look while Reese Witherspoon’s ponytail fails to float our beauty boat but could that possibly be the perfect nude lip?
The Side-Swept Waves
Creating the perfect side-swept 'do is no mean feat; a glossy, voluminous blow-dry is a must but too much product can spell disastrous helmet hair. Yikes! Luckily for these ladies, the hairstylists had the look down to a fine art. Bravo! Take Natalie Portman, for example, who wore it with a minimal make-up look, chandelier Tiffany earrings and that dapper fiancee of hers.
Amy Adams’ loose waves were inspired by none other than Jerry Hall’s voluminous tresses so although she lost out to a gold Best Supporting Actress statue
- Rose Beer