I was a big fan of this years Academy Awards red carpet and ceremony. The show was funny (thanks Ellen!) and there were some great red carpet makeup moments as well. I created a Pinterest Board with lots of the red carpet makeup looks, including some of the not so great ones with explanations on how to correct them. Be sure to check that out!
One of the standouts to me was Olivia Wilde. This is one gorgeous mamma to be! I loved her modern take on 1960s makeup with the mega black liner, long lashes, glowing skin, and pale peach lips. And those cheekbones...yowza!!!
Start with moisturized and primed skin (Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer), followed by medium coverage foundation (Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation). Olivia had that gorgeous pregnant lady glow. To achieve this glow without gestating a life form for 9 months, strategically place liquid highlighter on the high points of the face before applying powder.
Finish the skin by concealing under eyes and any blemishes (MAC Studio Finish Concealer), then lightly sweeping finishing powder on top (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder).
Oliva has some gorgeously bronzed cheeks. To achieve this same sculpted look, start with a cream bronzer or dark toned foundation. I am using Sonia Kashuk Cream Bronzer ($10.99 at Target)- this stuff is FANTASTIC!!! It has a deliciously creamy texture that blends beautifully and dries to a powder finish. It is a great low price dupe for Chanel's famous Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. I actually prefer the Sonia Kashuk version better because it lasts longer on my oily skin.
To sculpt the cheeks, I draw a line of bronzer in the hallows of my cheeks. Then I use a Beauty Blender sponge or any blending tool you like to blend the line up towards my cheeks and back towards the top of my ear. To blend, I bounce the sponge up and down on my cheeks until all harsh edges disappear.
Since I am not using any blush color for the look, I further contoured my cheeks with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. This contouring collection features THREE highlighting powders (matte beige powder, matte banana powder, and shimmery champagne powder) and THREE contour/bronzing powders (one matte caramel powder, one matte grey brown powder, and one matte reddish bronze powder). If you like to contour your cheeks or need a contour collection for your makeup kit, this is a great option.
Using a small tapered blending brush (Real Techniques Contour Brush), I blended Java (matte caramel powder) and Fawn (matte greyish brown powder) over the cream contour base in the hollows of my cheeks. I blended this up onto my cheek bones to further warm up my skin. I finished the cheek by highlighting the tops of my cheek bones with Sand (shimmery champagne powder).
Olivia's eyes were all about thick black liner. To achieve this look, I am going to use a thicker pointed eye liner brush versus the thin eye liner brush most people use for a winged eye liner. I LOVE the brush on the far left, a Sonia Kashuk pointed eye liner brush, which I got on clearance at Target. It is thick but very pointed and has just the right amount of bend to the bristles to get a really great winged eye liner.
- Using black gel liner (MAC Blacktrack), start by drawing a thin line all along the top lash line.
- WITH YOUR EYE OPEN, draw in your flick. By keeping your eye open, you can better place the angle of the wing.
- Close your eye and connect the top corner of the wing to the lash line.
- Fill in the wing and thicken the lash line to your desired shape. Olivia had a THICK line of black winged liner for this look, so I went almost halfway up my eye lid for this shape.
- Clean up the outer edge and inner corner of your eye with a pointed eye liner.
To brighten up the eye and emphasize the black liner, I added skin toned pencil (Rimmel Scandaleyes Kolh Pencil in Nude) to my lower water line. This gets rid of any redness and brightens up the under eye area.
Instead of a pinky nude or beige nude, Olivia wore a light peachy nude lip. I mixed OCC Lip Tar in Clockwork (peach) and Pris (shimmery beige) to create a pretty creamsicle nude.
Finish the look with black mascara on top lashes and fake lashes. To emphasize the eye liner shape, you will want to choose lashes that are longer on the outer corners, similar to these Red Cherry #43 lashes. Ardell Demi Whispies are a great drug store version.
You can see how pretty the glowing skin is in the natural sunlight of the last picture. The simplicity of the makeup looks beautiful on outdoor red carpets.
I will be posting a few more makeup looks inspired by Oscar night beauties, so stay tuned to the blog. Be sure to follow me on INSTAGRAM and become a FAN of the FACEBOOK page for blog updates and makeup tips. If you recreate any of my looks, please tag me! (#neapolitanbeauty) I would love to feature your looks so we can all see how beautiful everyone is.