Make Up Like an Oscar Star

Hair and makeup trends from the 2009 Oscars

Eye on Style

Make Up Like an Oscar Star

Sure, the gowns take centerstage on Oscar night, but no look is complete without hair and makeup

-Paige Herman-Axel

Angelina JolieJust about every leading lady who made her way along the red carpet looked phenomenal. In my opinion, Anne Hathaway was the big winner, and everything from her gown to her hair and makeup (and even her opening act performance) was divine. And while the gown palette was decidedly pale, a few beauty trends emerged as well.

The makeup looks leaned toward understated this year, and it was all about fresh faces.

We saw lots of neutral eyes, healthy flushed cheeks and glossy lips, and hardly any super-tan skin-apologies to Sophia Loren! Pale lips were in, as seen on Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Marisa Tomei. The ladies that opted for darker lips (like Amy Adams and Diane Lane) tended to go more berry than red and preferred matte lipsticks over shiny glosses.

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It seemed that most of the stars chose to wear their hair up this year, whether loosely like Marisa Tomei or in a more sophisticated movie-star style like Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston went in the other direction by wearing their hair long and loose, while Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel couldn’t seem to make up their minds and decided to go half-up-half-down.

A few looks stood out in my book–and not in a good way.

Penelope CruzBeyonce should have left the ponytail (and that dress) at home, and I so wish Penelope Cruz didn’t have those bangs, which drew my eye away from her stunning vintage Balmain dress.

Heidi Klum’s stick-straight side-parted look didn’t do anything for me either. It looked like she was originally going for a tight bun but perhaps her hairstylist forgot to actually pull it back.

I’ll admit that I’m still not sure how I feel about Kate Winslet’s coif. Was it retro chic or futuristic? Regardless, she looked stunning, but what do you think?

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