Some things are dependable, like A-listers again setting new beauty standards at the Oscars
Undoubtedly during awards season predicting the winners is a favorite pastime, but for those watching the ceremonies—especially the Academy Awards—it’s not only about trophies. So far this awards season, says Emma Willis, director of artistry at West Hollywood’s Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge, the winning beauty look has been “that slightly bronzed, natural, neutral fresh face and sun-kissed look worn by Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon—lush!”
That barely-there beach-babe visage ruled many crimson carpets—it’s already translating heavily into real-life makeup routines—and will likely have a major presence at the Academy Awards, surmises the makeup expert, although with perhaps more structure. “I think the beauty at the Oscars will just be a little more refined, but still using pastels and peachy corals.” She also believes flushed coral cheeks will make a major appearance, and for those wearing their hair in sleek waves, expect bold lips and defined, demure eyes.
Feminine spring shades are the biggest theme of the year, alongside the ever-popular red-lip-and-black-liner combo—“it’s a red carpet staple and will never look out of place even if other trends may seem more fashionable at the time,” says Willis, who personally hopes to see at least “one gorgeous chick” wearing the timeless look. Oftentimes it’s Angelina Jolie in that chic power lip (like at the Golden Globes), but Willis hopes for something different—“she’s always so sexy and vamp, which is her look, but I would love to see Angelina warm things up a bit and opt for a little tan with some pretty pink tones.” Following those cues day to day, Willis suggests “popping a brighter lip on or using a cream shadow for that more satin, dewy finish instead of the usual matte routine.”
As for her own best of beauty predictions, Willis is optimistic someone will recreate the Marilyn Monroe look Katherine Heigl did so perfectly in 2008, but ultimately, “I think the [title of] best will end up going to the likes of Kate Beckinsale and Angelina Jolie.”