Washed Out Oscars

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On Sunday, February 27th, stars flooded the red carpet for the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. Starlets and heartthrobs glided across the crowed carpet as thousands of light bulbs and cameras shined on their faces. The notorious Fashion Police seemed to be handing out compliments like free mints. As per usual, stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson received expected praise. This year, I’m not as generous as the “Fashion Police.”  The gowns were gorgeous and perfect for the Academy Awards, but starlets seemed to have forgotten completely about their make-up. The red carpet was underwhelming.

Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few stars whose make up artists were completely negligent to the important blend that is dress and cosmetics. These stars seemed to try and achieve a “natural” look, but rather achieved a washed out look. Some celebrities looked like they weren’t even wearing makeup. The gowns that were modeled on the red carpet consisted of bright, radiant colors and patterns but the make up didn’t seem to match the beauty.

The number one mistake made by women while putting on makeup for an formal event (whether it be a wedding, prom or the Academy Awards) is that they put on their makeup before putting on the gown. Anyone can look good wearing jeans and a T-shirt sitting in a salon chair, but once that gown is on; you run the risk of washing yourself out.

I suggest, for any formal event, pick a focal area. This technique helps downplay or exaggerate certain features.  For example, if you want to have natural lips use dark and shadowy eyes or a light bronzer to add that needed flair. celebrities, such as Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway complimented their fire red dresses with bright red lips. The torch needs to be carried somewhere. Minimal lipstick and eyes portrays the idea that you do not care. Having high pigment on your lips or eyes is crucial for achieving this formal look. Do not try to achieve both intense eyes and dramatic lips because the two techniques will clash. If you are willing to splurge for your special event, Chanel and Yves St. Laurent are the best investment.

The attempt at “natural hair” also hurt the celebrities’ overall looks. Scarlett Johansson walked the red carpet with hair that looked like she had just left the beach. It is a formal event. There is no way to be “super natural” at these types of events. You need the additional makeup to stand out and achieve the perfect blend. What was your favorite look at the Oscars this year?

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