Guest Blogger Series – HOW TO Oscar Beauty

We’re so excited to host another guest blogger on the Battleblog! Long time friend and makeup artist, Jen Morgan from Jen Morgan Makeup, is breaking down Sandra Bullock and Kate Hudson’s makeup looks from last night. Keep your eye out for more from Jen, who’ll be blurring some lines when she does Robin Thicke’s makeup this weekend for his show at MSG.
The Oscars is the classiest of all the award shows so it’s very important to not have the makeup compete with the dress and vice versa; they each play their role in complementing each other to complete the overall look. Navy played a big part in many stars’ ensembles last night. Navy gowns, navy tuxes and of course, a little subtle navy accent in the makeup. Sandra Bullock, Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson all sported the eye brightening hue.  
Sandra Bullock was stunning in her navy Alexander McQueen gown with a flawless face to match. Her sultry, smokey eye was glamorous yet not overdone. It was modern yet classic, very much like Sandra herself. 
Sandra Bullock makeup
A rich, matte brown eye shadow such as Bobbi Brown’s Mahogany on the lid mixed with a nude beige or a peach like MAC’s Brule or Vapour on the brow bone is what you would use to create the base of this smokey eye. The special touch is the navy liner like Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in MidnightBlue softly smudged on the lower lash line – just enough of pop to coordinate with her gown and add a little brightness to the dark shadow. And of course, don’t forget the lashes! Too Faced’s Better than Sex Mascara gives soft lush volume with minimal effort.
Sandra’s skin was soft and glowing but not shimmery. I really hate when the star’s makeup artists overdo it on the bronzer and shimmer. It makes everyone look sweaty once they hit the stage. A lightweight foundation such as Urban Decay’s Naked Skin gives just enough coverage and a natural glow to the skin. Plus it has added peptides so it plumps the skin making for a flawless finish. Add a soft glow to the cheeks with an illuminating powder blush like Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic. Finish the look off with a long lasting nude lip to keep the eyes as the focal point of the face. Le Metier de Beaute’s new Hydra Creme lipstick in Cashmere has just enough pink so you wont look too washed out.
Kate Hudson also stunned us on the red carpet with her homage to old hollywood glam in her Atelier Versace art deco gown. Her fair complexion worked wonderfully with the white and silver gown and allowed for more color play with her makeup. Kate’s green eyes never go unnoticed and with the soft shimmery cat eye, we were sure to say WOW.
Kate Hudson makeup
A mixture of navy and violet shadows were used to create her sultry look but unlike Sandra’s, more with shimmer than matte and she just seemed to beam all around. Nars Duo Eyeshadow Violetta can be used on the brow bone, inner corner and on the middle of the lid to achieve this look. Add a deep navy shadow like Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eyeshadow in Midnight to the outer corner and on the lower lash line. Top off with a black liquid liner like Dior’s Liquid Pen Liner and a soft defining mascara like Lancome’s Definicils to give length. 
Kate took on more of the California blonde bronzed look but done very softly using a shimmery bronzer like Urban Decay’s Baked Bronzer in Gilded which added a nice golden glow to the skin without looking to fake or orangey. Without making the look too predictable with the addition of a classic red lip, Kate opted for a more of a soft baby pink like in Sandra’s case, did not take away from the dramatic eyes. Chanel’s Coco Rouge Shine in Boy gives just enough color and a little added shine to the lips without having to add a gloss. 


Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine – Chanel.com, $35

68370_bronzer_gildedUrban Decay’s Baked Bronzer in Gilded – UrbanDecay.com, $26


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