Movie magic provokes our imaginations with stunning visual effects, beautiful cinematography, and incredible acting. This year’s Oscar’s celebrated that magic with equal brilliance. Billy Crystal hosted such a magnificent show that it will be near impossible to follow his act at next year’s Academy Awards. Opening with a Broadway bang, his musical song-and-dance routine showcased the films nominated this year, and followed with nine of infinitely many reasons to go to the movies. His talent as a performer and sheer comic genius throughout the show captivated nearly as much as the greatest Cirque du Soleil act the world has ever seen. In short – This years’ Oscars deserves an Oscar.
The Oscar for Makeup went to Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland for “‘The Iron Lady” and made an incredible impact on artists watching at home. Helland has been working with Meryl Streep since her nomination for Sophie’s Choice in 1982, and thanked her with coy yet heartfelt gratitude “for keeping him employed over the last 37 years”. Streep reiterated her appreciation for Helland’s work during her speech while accepting her third Oscar for Best Actress. Magic indeed.
Off the stage and ON the Red Carpet, we saw glamour, style, and grace. Michelle Williams (as always) looked picture perfect in an orange-red Louis Vuitton dress with a structured, backless bustier, tiered skirt, and matching red lipstick. Angelina rocked it in an all black high-slit Atelier Versace gown – wearing her hair down with smoky eyeliner, bold red lips. The color of the evening was without a doubt white. Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Milla Jovovich dazzled in long and elegant, whimsical white. My favorite look and beauty pick is “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara, who not only stole the show in her white Givenchy gown, but with her unbelievably flawless makeup. Brows were perfectly shaped, skin was radiant, and the deep red lip brought her entire ensemble to life.
To Get Rooney Mara’s Red Carpet Look:
Face: Start by applying clean and even Cream Foundation in your shade/tone using the #940 Foundation Brush. Make sure to blend-out down past the jaw bone, onto the neck, and out toward the hair line. Set the Cream Foundation using a Loose Powder in Shell or Buttercream and the #510 Duster Brush.
Brows: To define and sculpt the eyebrows, use the #210 Brush and – depending on the lightness of your brow – a mixture of Taupe and Espresso Eye Colors. Fill in areas that are sparse for full, symmetrical brows. Brush both brows upward with a clean mascara wand and then set using MUD’s Brow Fix. The key here is to use a Cream Highlight both under the brow — along the brow bone — as well as a small amount above the brow. Use Light from MUD’s Pro Highlight & Shadow Palette and a #300 Brush to create these complimentary highlights and achieve a sharp, clean look.
Eyes: Rooney’s eyes are uber-natural with a focus on lashes. To re-create this natural eye shadow application, start with the #800 Brush and apply Bone all over both lids — from the lash line to the brow as a base shadow. Using that same brush, blend the Taupe and Canyon Eye Colors back and forth into the crease until edges are defused. This will create a soft, natural, and warm contour in the crease.
Next, add medium sized, natural looking false lashes. Using the #100 Eye Liner Brush and Black Cake Eyeliner, apply a thin, natural line along the upper lid to blend the base of the false lashes. Beauty Tip: Minimal wing tip at outer corners for this particular look.
Lastly, apply one luscious coat of Volumizing Mascara over both the upper and lower lashes.
— Reiva Cruze