Awards season is done and dusted for another year, but the glam doesn’t have to stop now the red carpets have been rolled up and the gowns returned to the ateliers. You can emulate A-list glitz by trying your hand at the hair and make-up looks of the stars – and for significantly less than the price of a designer dress.
Here, we hand out the gongs for the beast beauty looks of the season, and ask the experts for their advice on how to get the Hollywood look at home…
Best blush: Emma Stone
“This was a power blush moment. I was inspired by the unabashedly high glamour and powerful feeling of the late Seventies and early Eighties – a time when women wore strong, modern looks,” explains Rachel Goodwin, Nars celebrity make-up artist who did Emma Stone’s Oscars look, starting with a base of Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
“I mirrored the pink colour blocking in Emma’s suit and applied the Nars Wanted Cheek Palette high on the cheeks blending up toward the eye,” Goodwin explains.
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette, (available April 1)
Best lipstick: Lupita Nyong’o
For the Baftas, make-up artist Nick Barose was inspired by Lupita Nyong’o’s latest movie role.
“She’s wearing all black, I wanted the make-up to feel regal and fierce. The ‘panther eyes’ is a nod to her movie Black Panther,” the make-up artist says. “Dramatic graphic liner that looks cat-like adds so much toughness and attitude, and when paired with perfect elegant red lips, it gives the classic, feminine red lips a fun and tougher attitude.”
Barose recommends Lancome’s Caprice shade to emulate this bold look: “Apply two coats for intensity.”
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Caprice
Best up-do: Zendaya
American actress Zendaya is a real red carpet chameleon, constantly switching up her hair; but for the Oscars she went with a super-sleek, scraped back chignon.
Hair stylist and Viviscal Ambassador Neil Moodie offers his advice on updos: “A lot about putting hair up is having grip on the hair itself. Don’t have it too clean as it will be smooth and slippy. I recommend a little bit of root backcombing as this gives support as you’re putting it up.
“For a neat, tight up-do, I always recommend spraying hairspray onto the brush so as you’re brushing the hair it distributes evenly and gives hair grip. Pins and grips are essential. Bend the end of the pin over and create a little hook so if it starts to slip out the hook will grip to the hair. I also suggest using a matte texture spray at the roots.”
Windle and Moodie Sculpture Hairspray
Best complexion: Helena Bonham Carter
Morag Ross, make-up artist and SUQQU spokesperson, was responsible for Helena Bonham Carter’s incredible skin at the Baftas.
Ross achieved the peaches and cream glow by first giving the actress a skin-plumping facial massage, then used a trio of SUQQU products, tapping a shimmering highlighter on Bonham Carter’s cheekbones and finishing with a delicate sweep of blusher over the cheekbones.
SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation, Face Designing Highlighter 02 Refill, Hanachaori Pure Colour Blush Selfridges
Best manicure: Margot Robbie
Leading actress nominee Margot Robbie was also presenting an award at the Oscars, so she drafted in the A-list’s favourite manicurist Tom Bachik, to get her nails ready for the spotlight.
Bachik gave the Aussie actress a champagne shimmer, starting with OPI Lisbon Wants Moor and topping it with a chrome effect powder. The polish is available to buy, but if you want to get the exact same metallic top coat, you’ll need to book in for an OPI manicure in salon.
OPI Lisbon Wants Moor Nail Polish, (Chrome Effects in Blue Plate Special available with OPI manicures only)
Best curls: Jennifer Lawrence
To complement her stunning Dior disco ball dress at the Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence opted for Seventies-inspired curls. Award-winning hairdresser Lee Stafford has this hair how-to.
“For Jennifer Lawrence’s voluminous curls, opt for a wand with a medium sized barrel like my Rainbow Shine Wand. Section your hair into two and work from the back of your head towards the front. For this look you want to curl even sections of hair, roughly one-inch, away from the face. Once you’ve finished curling, take a pea sized amount of hair wax and rub between your hands and comb the wax through the hair. This will give you matte texture à la J-Law.”
Lee Stafford Rainbow Shine Wand
Best eye make-up: Lady Gaga
For her dramatic Grammys look, Lady Gaga turned to Marc Jacobs Beauty and the brand’s Global Artistry Ambassador, Sarah Tanno.
“Gaga’s eyes were inspired by a dark, starry night, romantic and striking to complement her gorgeous gown,” Tanno says.
She applied a gel crayon eyeliner heavily on the upper and lower lash line, then created a strong winged shape with liquid liner, blending the two together with a shimmery black eyeshadow and finishing with lots of mascara.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, £20; Magic Marc’er Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner John Lewis