Oscars 2014 beauty roundup

I love watching the Oscars not only to find out who won what award, but also for the flawless makeup and gorgeous gowns donned by celebrities.

For the most part, celebrities like Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock kept the focus on their eyes with a subtle smokey look, false lashes and a nude lip, while Emma Watson, Kerry Washington and Amy Adams opted for a brighter lip colour (in shades of red, plum and orange) and kept the rest of the face minimal.

Here are my favourite beauty looks:

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Penelope Cruz’s eye makeup would be my ideal makeup if I had to go to a fancy event – it defines the eyes, makes them look bigger but without being overpowering like a traditional smokey eye would. British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury was behind this Sophia Loren inspired look and she emphasised Penelope’s almond shaped eyes with black liner on the upper and bottom lashlines as well as on the waterline.

It’s so Hollywood glam and I love that the lips were kept unfussy with a nude, creamy shade (not too pale, which is important!) I also love how flawless and glowing her skin is.

hbz-oscars2014-kate-hudson-promo-msc kate-hudson-oscars-2014-academy-awards-leadPictures-Kate-Hudson-2014-Oscars Kate Hudson was also one of my beauty favourites on Oscar night. It’s a subtle glamour eye using warm brown tones and black eyeliner, which gives her quite a youthful look. Unlike many of the other stars, Kate didn’t seem to have many wrinkles around the eye area.

Her skin is positively glowing – not sure what she used her but I’m sure it’s a combination of an illuminating foundation and liquid highlighter. A similar effect can be achieved with BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone and either Make Up For Ever HD Foundation or Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup.

rita-ora-oscars-vanity-fair-party-los-angeles-march-2014 article-2572009-1BFD73EF00000578-678_634x1045Next up is Rita Ora, who I didn’t see during the Awards ceremony. The only thing I dislike about her look is that her eyebrows are too dark for her hair colour. Nevertheless, this is one of her better, more polished looks with a traditional smokey eye paired with a pop of navy blue liner on the bottom lashline. This is one of my favourite ways to wear coloured eyeliner too – so easy and pretty!

Her dress is also lovely!

olivia-wilde-oscars-2014-academy-awards2While I wasn’t a fan of Olivia Wilde’s turtleneck dress or chunky earrings, I loved her sixties inspired makeup with the thick winged eyeliner. Her makeup artists Melanie Inglessis surprisingly used all Revlon products to get this look, which just goes to show that drugstore products can achieve an expensive, red carpet makeup look.

I love Revlon so I was pleased to hear that she used Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black and Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black to achieve the flicked liner, plus two different shades of Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Complex and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Cognito to get the nude-y pink lip colour.

emma-watson-oscars-2014-academy-awards-leadEmma Watson went for a classic Hollywood glamour makeup look, but with dishevelled bedhead hair, which I think suits her age – anything too bouffant or coiffed would just make her look too old.

She always has great brows, so I’m sure a bit of tinted brow gel was all she needed. It also looks like she’s not wearing much eyeshadow (or if she is, it’s a subtle shade of beige) but she amps up the au naturel look with a warm, fire engine red.

6a00d83451b1d169e201a3fccafff8970b-320wiCamilla Alves also went for a natural look with defined eyes, coral blush and shimmery coral lipstick. Nothing much to say here except it’s a nice, everyday look (I would just go easy on foundation though).

Hope you liked my beauty roundup of the best Academy Awards looks!

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