Oscar Winning Hair and Makeup Trends
by Lori Bergamotto
This year's Oscar 'dos featured everything from Old Hollywood silhouettes to controlled-chaos styles. Here, our top three favorites:
Inspired by a Grace Kelly bob, the Best Actress Winner's hair--styled by Renato Campora--achieved an unfussy elegance. Recreate the look by blow-drying hair straight and setting the crown with four large rollers for volume and movement. Tuck hair close to the nape of the neck and secure it with long bobby pins. (Try: Rickys NYC Hair Rubbers Bobby Pins, $3.79; amazon.com.) Using a strong-hold formula--this look is all about neatness--spray the entire style, zapping any flyaways and mending any bumps or lumps. (Try: Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Ultra Storng, $4.29, drugstore.com)
With a soft-but-styled aesthetic, Best Supporting Actress nominee Marisa Tomei's hair appeared feminine and modern. Echo the look--created by Frederic Fekkai hairstylist Adir Abergel--by blow-drying sections of hair with a round brush (try: Sephora Medium Round Boar Brush, $16; sephora.com) and securing with hair clips to create loose waves. Once hair has cooled, remove clips, tousle hair, and sweep it to the side, securing with bobby pins. Finish with a light hold hairspray. (Try: Warren Tricomi Flexible Hairspray, $20; ulta.com
Making the chignon ever more chic, Academy Award winner and 2009 presenter, Halle Berry looked sexy and sophisticated. Tresemm stylist Mara Roszak created the updo, but here's how you can too. Blow-dry hair with a straightening gel (try: TRESemme Thermal Creations Straightening Gel, $5; walgreens.com) and a medium round brush. Curl a few random sections of hair near the front of the head with a medium-barrel curling iron (rry: Conair Supreme 1' Curling Iron, $11; conair.com) and spray with a medium hold hairspray to keep the glamorous look in place. Finish by pulling just a few strands out of place for an added unkempt softness.
Sure, many of the dresses were in light, pastel shades, but the makeup was decidedly colorful. Our picks showcase two pretty-in-pink looks.
If Natalie Portman's purple-tinged pink Rodarte gown didn't catch your eye, then her gorgeous face certainly did. Her look, created by Chanel makeup artist Jeanine Lobell, began with a sheer foundation topped off with a light pink powder blush. (Try: Rimmel London Mono Blush in Pink Rose, $3.50; cvs.com.) Next, she gave, the Academy Award presenter an upgraded smoky eye with a pink and violet combo of eye shadows and a dark black eye liner. (Try: Chanel Noir Intense Eye Pencil, $27; macys.com). She finished with a few swipes of a defining mascara (try: Avon Supershock Mascara, $8.50; amazon.com ) and a sheer lilac lip gloss (try: Nars Lip Gloss in Revolt, $24; sephora.com). Gorgeous!
Channeling an Old Hollywood glamourpuss, presenter Alicia Keys looked every part the stunning starlet. Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff began by prepping the songstress' skin with a glow-inducing moisturizer and sculpting the contours of her face with a shimmery bronzer (try: Black Radiance Mosaic Bronzer in Bronzing Shimmer, $5; walgreens.com). Her eyes--which were all about the drama--got the star treatment rimmed in soft black liner and out-to-there lashes. (Try: Shu Uemura Smoky Layers, $25; shuuemura-usa.com). Sheriff finished the look with a lip-plumping gloss for a full, sexy pout. (Try: DiorKiss Luscious Lip-Plumping Gloss in Berry Smoothie $20, sephora
Lori Bergamotto is on-air correspondent for People StyleWatch, where she reports on fashion and beauty trends covered in the pages of the magazine. A beauty and fashion veteran, Lori is a freelance writer who has contributed to Real Simple, In Style, San Diego Magazine, In Style Weddings, In Style Makeover, In Style Home, Cookie, Lucky, and Glamour. She is also developing a teen book project to be published in 2009. Lori was beauty director at Teen People, where she wrote and edited all of the beauty pages and did TV for major outlets. Prior to this, she served as both beauty assistant and assistant beauty editor at Glamour and associate beauty editor and senior beauty editor at Lucky. She has been a featured style expert on TV with appearances on FOX, MTV, VH1, E!, CNN, CBS's Early Show, NBC's Weekend Today, and iVillage Live, as well as local NY network affiliates, including WNBC, WCBS, WABC, WPIX and NY1.