Award season is a wonderful time to celebrate the world’s greatest acting talents, culminating in the Academy Awards which is definitely the award you want if you’re an actor! It’s also a time where other talents are showcased and I’m talking about the talented people that help the stars of the screen with their fashion and beauty. At this year’s 88th Academy Awards, there were a plethora of beautifully dressed stars who had equally stunning beauty looks. We tracked down our favourite brands to find out some of the beauty secrets of the stars of the red carpet at the Academy Awards.


Lady Gaga – Hair by ghd

Lady Gaga has really wowed the red carpet as she pursues her acting career. Forget the meat dress, Lady Gaga has transformed herself as a leading lady of the screen and has drawn on old Hollywood glamour for her red carpet looks. At the Academy Awards, she wore elegant waves, a look that Celebrity hairstylist, Frederic Aspiras that he created using some of our favourite tools by ghd. “A timeless and elegant look…I created perfectly structured, voluminous curls to frame her face.” Beginning with the ghd air to dry washed hair, he used the ghd curve classic curl tong at the front of the hair line and the ghd curve soft curl tong from the crown down to the nape. After curling each piece, he held the curl and sprayed it with a curl hold spray, then pinned the curl in place. Once all the hair was pin curled, she sat under a dryer hood for 15 minutes and then the hair was cooled for 5 minutes and then brushed out.


Kate Winslet – Makeup by Lancôme 

Image courtesy of Lancome by Getty

Image courtesy of Lancôme by Getty


Best Supporting Actress nominee lit up the red carpet with her dazzling lame black dress by Ralph Lauren. Keeping in theme with a classic black dress, Makeup Artist, Jillian Dempsey created a classic look for Kate using Lancôme. “Kate Winslet is an iconic beauty. She wore a black strapless dress, so we decided to keep the look very classic.”

Jillian prepped the face using Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate  and Lancôme Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur to make the skin luminous and fresh. On the eyes, the colours Nude and Joie were used from Lancôme Auda[city] eye shadow palette, Lancôme Artliner in Noir lined the lash line and it was finished with Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara in Noir Mirifique.  The look was finished with Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 250 Beige Mirage.


Cate Blanchett – Makeup by Giorgio Armani


For Cate Blanchett’s Oscars look, makeup artist Jeanine Lobell created a romantic, yet sexy, plum smoky eye using Giorgio Armani. Starting off with applying Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric blush in #506 to the apples of Cate’s cheeks to give structure to the cheeks.

Jeanine then  filled in Cate’s brows with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro. For the plum smoky eye, she started by applying Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow in #15 all over the lid and into the crease. She then wrapped this shadow down and around the eye into bottom lash line. Then, Jeanine dampened a liner brush and used Eyes to Kill Solo in #5 as a liner, creating a blurred, feathered look instead of a harsh line. She layered Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #10 in Cate’s lash line for the smoldering eye effect. Lastly, she tapped Giorgio Armani Eye Tint #8 in the center of her lid and under her brow bone to open and brighten the eyes.

To finish the look, Jeanine applied Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil in #1 all over Cate’s lips to ensure a nice and even lip all evening long. She then applied the pinky nude Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani in #103 to complete Cate’s red carpet beauty look.


Reese Witherspoon – Hair by ghd

Lona Vigi of ghd created this sophisticated look for former Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspoon. The look was “sophisticated and easy to complement Reese’s beautiful Oscar dress.”

To create the look, Lona applied a small amount of Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Gel and Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil to create a sleek and sophisticated style. Using the ghd air, the hair was blow dried with a ghd paddle brush to keep the look smooth. Once dry, a ghd platinum styler was used throughout her hair. “I love this styler because it heats to the optimal temperature of 185C degrees so I know I’m not damaging my clients hair” she said. The same  Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil was applied to create a shiny and smooth finish for the final look. To keep the hair back and in place, Nexxus New York Salon Care Maxximum Hold Finishing Mist was sprayed on the hair.


About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: [email protected] Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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