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Oscars beauty hits and misses

- February 28th, 2011

Now that we’ve combed through the highlights and low points of the 2011 Academy Awards red carpet, it’s time to take a closer look at hair and makeup.

Hits and misses of Oscars beauty

Jennifer Lawrence. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Jennifer Lawrence. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Hair hit: Jennifer Lawrence’s soft waves and body.

The Oscar nominee had previously worn buns to both the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes – so it was nice to see her let her long, bombshell blond hair down. Even though her Calvin Klein dress had a bit of a Baywatch neckline (and side-boob), it was low enough to allow Lawrence to let her touchable-looking locks loose and still show a fair bit of decolletage.

Annette Bening. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Lucas Jackson)

Annette Bening. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Lucas Jackson)

Hair miss: Annette Bening’s faux-do.

A cropped cut can still be classy, Annette (see: Halle Berry), so why pouf it all up into a fake up-do? Instead of “touch-me” waves, the texture of her hair looked as though it had gone a bit greasy and was then plied with dry shampoo. It’s not all bad: Bening’s makeup, though minimal, let her lovely complexion show.

Reese Witherspoon. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Reese Witherspoon. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Hair hit: Reese Witherspoon’s buxom ponytail.

The whole look was pretty late ’90s, but it worked. It’s not easy to make a ponytail fancy, but just the tiniest pouf elevated the style – and we’re glad she skipped the Scarlett Johansson-esque texture for a smooth sheen.

Simple makeup made her skin look fresh and green earrings brought out her pretty eyes.

Jennifer Hudson. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson/Mario Anzuoni)

Jennifer Hudson. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson/Mario Anzuoni)

Hair miss: Jennifer Hudson’s confusing coiffe.

The Oscar winner’s up-do was too many things at once: a ponytail, a twisted bun, and an architectural crown (to put it nicely) – next time, choose one style and go with it!

Makeup miss: Scarlett Johansson’s seeing red.

Scarlett Johansson. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Scarlett Johansson. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

We all know coral and red are big colours for spring fashion and makeup, but this is one trend Ms. Johansson should have passed on.

The bronzy/burnt orange eyeshadow clashes with her prune dress and pretty pink lip, and as far as her hair goes, the texture is frizzy and the waves are a too loose for such a short crop.

It looks like she had started the night with glossy waves and then drove in a convertible to the Kodak Theater.

Michelle Williams. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Michelle Williams. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Makeup hit: Michelle Williams’ serene dream.

Give it up to Michelle; she doesn’t scream “beauty queen beautiful” (yes, I said it!) and she doesn’t seem to have the robust sexual allure of other Hollywood damsels (again, see: Halle Berry), but her quietly chic dress and risky-though-understated makeup culminated in one of the best looks of the night.

Who knew anyone but Gwen Stefani could pull off bleached hair and black eyebrows? Pale lips, pearly eyes (to match her gown) and a dewy blush make her look simply angelic.

Gwyneth Paltrow. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Gwyneth Paltrow. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Makeup miss: Gwyneth Paltrow’s scary sheen.

Charlize Theron didn’t attend the awards last night, so Paltrow overdid the nude and slightly metallic makeup in her place. Give us something to focus on, Gwyneth! Dark eyes? Deep lips? Something! Anything! The makeup has actually distracted us from her face.  A rare feat!

(Side note: only Lara Stone may go without eyebrows)

Hailee Steinfeld. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Hailee Steinfeld. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Makeup and hair hit: Hailee Steinfeld’s ballerina beauty.

The youngest lady on the red carpet outdid the bulk of them last night – 14-year-old Steinfeld was a darling little dream. In natural, California-girl colours (brown eyes, peach cheeks and mauve lips), the actress looked to be wearing just a tad more makeup than we were allowed at her age (it is the Oscars, after all) – how refreshing to see someone look their age!

A thin white headband helped to make her large bun look a little more youthful and playful.  Take note, Blair Waldorf: bands may be coming back…

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  1. Gary | March 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I don’t care what she’s wearing, how she does her hair or the shades of her make up – Scarlett Johansson is the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, possibly ever. I’m not fashion guru but I thought she looked great on Oscar night combining gala formal with a little bit of comfortable casual. She tops my wish list.

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