Mar 1, 2011

I've been waiting for you...

The hosts were announced, followed by the nominations. Then came the analysis of the nominees, and perhaps even more so, the snubs. The predictions were made - will Christian Bale conquer (or more importantly, shave)? Will Natalie Portman announce her baby's gender while she's giving her Best Actress Winner speech? Will newcomer Hailee Steinberg beat veteran Melissa Leo? How can Mila Kunis top her McQueen gorgeousness at the SAGs? Will Amy punch the TV if The Social Network wins best picture (for the record, yes, I would have. What a terrible waste of time it was watching that movie.)? After what's seemed like forever, the 83rd Academy Awards finally aired on Sunday, February 27, 2011 (my daddy's birthday!). 

Can I start off by saying that although I had been anticipating this awards show for quite some time, I was pretty bored by the whole thing. From the hosts (I love you, James Franco, but c'mon) to the winners (were there really any upsets?), and even on the red carpet, there wasn't much life in this year's Oscars

Alas, as I'm bound to do, here is my humble opinion on the best and worst beauty looks of the evening, though I'm keeping it short (because there really wasn't much that stood out to me).

She can do no wrong, am I right? Mila can really make any look seem dramatic (again, those eyes!!), but in reality, her makeup was pretty simple but perfectly polished. Lancôme makeup artist Tracey Levy drew inspiration from the ah-may-zing lilac Elie Saab wonder that draped effortlessly on Ms. Kunis's fabulous body (more on that tomorrow, natch). Starting with her skin, Mila was given a flawless base with Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Foundation ($37), and her cheeks were dusted with Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose ($30).

Layering shades from Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Coral Crush ($48) and Color Design Eye Shadow in Impress ($17), Levy created a natural and soft eye makeup look. Mila's top and bottom lash lines were then lined with Le Crayon Khôl EyeLiner in Black ($25) and her upper and lower lashes were both given a double coat of Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara in Black ($25).

For those luscious lips, Levy used a layer of three colors, starting with Color Design Lipcolor in Pale Lip ($22), then adding a punch with Color Fever Gloss in Blazing Pink ($26), and finishing up with La Laque Fever Lipshine in Lucent Nude ($27).

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Also looking lovely was Miss Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress for her role in the gritty Winter's Bone. Though her character didn't shine a very good light on us Missouri gals, her turn on the red carpet screamed bombshell (and so did some of her really cheesy "boobs out!" poses). Her makeup artist Jillian Dempsey wanted to focus on Jennifer's natural beauty and gorgeous eyes, which she empahsized with lots of black mascara and liner. She then built up her lids with a layering of the four colors found in Avon's Eyeshadow Quad in Blushing Raisins ($9). Finishing with a nude lip forced everyone's eyes on hers.

Well, that was about it for my favorite beauty looks. Nothing really stood out; everyone kept things simple and predictable, which lead the way to a simple and predictable evening.  And really, there was only one look that I was truly not a fan of (though many were), and that was the makeup of Miss Scarlett Johannson.

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“I wanted to keep her look very young and fresh,” said makeup artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato, the man behind her makeup. Focusing on her eyes, Ceciliato used Dolce & Gabbana The Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Stromboli ($59) on the face of Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup. But for me, the look was simply too strong for such a beautiful face. I applaud her for taking a risk and for at least standing out, but the look kinda makes me feel ill. I do love her lips, though, which were simple and sweet in Dolce & Gabbana lipgloss in Candy ($29) (though she should have probably invested in some Crest 3D White Whitestrips. Just sayin'.).

What do you think? Anyone stand out to you? 

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