Mar 012011

The 2011 Academy Awards took place Sunday, and it while stars are always asked in the pre-game festivities who they’re wearing, no one ever asks, “who did your makeup?” This year’s Oscars had some truly stunning dresses- many of which were on host Anne Hathaway- but the red carpet saw some pretty amazing makeup looks, too. Here are five of the most impressive from last night’s show.

1.) Anne Hathaway: The youngest ever Oscars host, Anne Hathaway managed to exude a total Old Hollywood vibe throughout her many costume changes. Most show-stopping was the first look she sported on the red carpet, featuring creamy matte skin, defined brows and lips stained red. Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo in Brunette/Dark Brown will suffice for similarly glam brows. For lips, apply a matte, true red like NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio, and blot. And blot again.

2.) Reese Witherspoon: As always, Reese Witherspoon looked perfect, demure and a little retro with her ponyfall. (Hopefully, ponyfalls will get a Q rating boost now.) Her combed back updo allowed her mostly-neutral face to take center stage, with a hint of bronzer, a nude lip and assertive liner. MAC’s Fresh Brew lipstick is a pretty neutral that won’t wash out most skin tones, and L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black is a bit more foolproof than liquid with a brush for this look.

3.) Gwyneth Paltrow: Gwyneth had a bit of a 70s vibe going with an all-white ensemble set off with pin straight hair and a tan. Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer comes in two shades and will give you a Gwyneth-esque glow, and Lipstick Queen’s Pink Sinner is long-lasting but subtle to offset sun-kissed skin.

4.) Amy Adams: At the Oscars last night, it’s like Amy Adams invented fresh-faced chic. Her blue eyes were played up with a smoky look, and rosy cheeks and pink lips gave her a formal, but not overdone vibe. Stila Smudge Pots in Black Cat lend an almost steely-black liner look, and Givenchy Blush Gelee in Candide Pink is pigmented but blendable. Yves St. Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Redcurrant is a good, natural reddish pink for this look.

5.) Sandra Bullock: A year after her big win for The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock looked like Hollywood royalty in a stunning red frock and matching clutch. If Sandra’s look was your favorite, a dewy foundation like Clinique’s Superbalanced is creamy but not powdery, and Guerlain’s KissKiss in Flushy Beige merges a rose hue with a berry one for a nearly-red lip.

Which look from the 2011 Academy Awards was your favorite? Who had the best makeup on the red carpet?

  One Response to “Get the Look: 2011 Academy Awards Makeup Breakdown”

  1. Amy Adams was, hands down, my favourite look of the night. The dress, the hair, the make-up, the baubles. Perfection!

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