The 2017 Oscars saw celebrities strut down the red carpet sporting the most striking make-up looks. From smokey eyes, to red lips, we’ve rounded up the most chic beauty looks from Hollywood’s biggest night out and asked make-up artist James McKnight how to recreate them…
NICOLE KIDMAN’S CRIMSON POUT
The best supporting actress nominee oozed glamour in a sparkly nude Armani dress, which she complimented with a vibrant red lip and flawless porcelain complexion.
JAMES’S TOP TIPS: “For a long lasting finish, start by exfoliating the lips with a toothbrush. Then, use a lip brush to apply your lipstick, this will give you a precise finish. Try i-pout in Ruby Red, which is perfect for fairer skin tones. For a clean and pristine lip line, dab a small amount of concealer around the mouth using a small synthetic brush. Keep the rest of the face minimal. Coat the lids with i-shadow in Provence, which includes four neutral shades and sweep on a generous amount of i-flutter on the lashes. Finish with a soft flush of colour on the cheeks – I like i-glow in Ice Pop.”
JESSICA BIEL’S DRAMATIC EYELINER
Biel gleamed on the red carpet in a gold Kaufmanfranco gown. Her flawless skin, peach lips and standout graphic liner looked modern and ever so elegant.
JAMES’S TOP TIPS: “This liner look will suit all eye shapes, but works particularly well on women with hooded eyes, as it creates an illusion of a deeper socket. Recreate the look by using i-gel in Carbon. Begin by drawing a thin line starting at the outer corner of the upper lash-line working inwards. Build up the line until you reach your desired thickness. Finish the eyes by using the flesh-toned i-open on the lower waterline – this will instantly make the eyes appear bigger. Fill in sparse brows with i-groom and coat the lashes with i-flutter. The multi-tasking i-crayon in Brown Sugar can be used on the cheeks and lips for a warm burnished glow.”
EMMA STONE’S BERRY LIPS
When planning Stone’s make-up look for the Academy Awards, make-up artist Rachel Goodwin was inspired by the glamorous movie stars of the 1930s and 1940s. This berry lip screams vintage Hollywood glamour and it’s a shade that can work on almost all skin tones.
JAMES’S TOP TIPS: “This look is all about the bold lip, so the rest of your make-up should work around it. Keep the eyes neutral by applying i-shadow in Choca Mocha. Take the deep bronze shade and smudge it into the outer corners of the lids for definition. Next, use i-gel to draw a fine line across the upper lids, then, brush on i-flutter on the lashes.
Fill lips with i-pout in Plumberry before blotting with a tissue and applying another layer. This step will help give your lipstick longer staying power.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA’S SILVERY SMOKEY EYES
The Quantico star paired a silvery, kohl lined smokey eye with a muted pink lip shade. This look complimented the architectural design of her white Ralph and Russo dress perfectly.
JAMES’S TOP TIPS: “The focus here is on the eyes. Start by smudging i-smoulder in Charcoal along the upper lash line. This shade is much softer than black and will give eyes a multi-dimensional effect. For added drama, fill the lower waterline with i-gel in Carbon and finish with lashings of i-flutter mascara. i-pout in Pomegranate is the ideal lip shade for this polished look.”
SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S FRESH FACE
Luminous skin, rosy cheeks and soft pink lips worked beautifully with Johansson’s flowy dress. This look is universally flattering and can be worn both day and night.
JAMES’S TOP TIPS: “This fresh look is perfect for brides, a first date or even to wear to work. The neutral, gold smokey eye can be created by using i-glow in Sirocco across the lids and on the inner corner of the eyes. Blend i-smoulder in Chocolate on the outer corners of the lids for more definition.
Open up the eyes by applying a thin stroke of i-gel along the upper lash line. To get these rosy cheeks, swirl on i-glow in Ice Pop on the cheeks followed by i-glow in Sirocco across the cheekbones to enhance the bone structure. Finish this feminine look with i-pout in Pomegranate on the lips, which will brighten the face, followed by a dab of i-gloss in Tickled Pink on top.”