Scoring big on the red carpet is as much about complementary makeup as it is about choosing the perfect dress. In fact, sometimes an eye-catchingly beautiful or directional face has even more impact than what you’re wearing from the neck-down. Nobody understands this more than our Beverley Hills resident makeup artist, Patrick Foley, who’s able to translate the best of red carpet beauty into the products and steps needed to achieve A-list wow-factor. Here, he breaks down his 3 favorite trends that he expects to see at the Oscars: Vamp, Pretty, and Color Pop.
Inspiration: Vamp is truly a statement look, and this season it’s much more about elegance than Goth. The perfect example of this look is Jennifer Lopez at this year’s Golden Globes, who got it right from every angle.
Get the look: This look begins with the lips. For the perfect shade of vamp, combine Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu with the Audacious Lipstick in Ingrid. Note, this look uses matte over gloss. Foundation: the skin needs to be flawless at every angle, so looking poreless and glowy is key. For flawless effect, use Cle de Peau Silk Cream Foundation. To perfect the J.Lo glow, add light definition through the check bones and on the nose using Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder. Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to apply Chanel’s Vamp nail polish on the nails and toes. It’s the fishing touch that pulls everything together.
2. PRETTY LADY
Inspiration: This is my favorite look—it works for every age category and never looks outdated. It’s harder to find a better example than Jennifer Aniston at the Critics’ Choice awards. She stepped up her iconic beachy look, opting for soft femininity, and the result was stunning.
Get the look: This look starts with the skin. To create a radiant glow, Jennifer uses Mila Moursi Lifting Serum and Mila Moursi Rejuvenating Serum. Blush: Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in It Girl Purple has four tones ranging from light lilac to a hot pink that give the cheek the perfect pop of color when blended. Lips: go nude. Two of my favorites are Givenchy 102 Beige Plum and Nars Lipstick in Raquel. Complexion: Givenchy Poudre Lumiere Originelle is a soft powder that creates a radiant finish used with any foundation. Eyes: Black is back. Use a liquid liner, like Surratt Autographique Liner, and apply close to the lash line followed by Chantecaille mascara in Ebony.
3. COLOR POP
Inspiration: This trend has been shown on the runways and is about to hit the red carpet in a big way. The essential element to getting it right is confidence, as demonstrated by Olivia Wilde at the Golden Globes this year.
Get the look: It all starts with the eyes. Try Nars Blush in Amour—the crimson tone can pop the cheek, but it’s also perfect for creating this season’s hottest bold red eye trend. If the pigment is too intense, use a light taupe or a grey shadow underneath it to soften the intensity—Kevyn Aucoin’s palette works well. Complexion: Unlike with the other looks we mentioned, glowing skin does not work when doing the pop of pinks, reds, and oranges. Instead, you need to mattify the skin. For a flawless matte finish, you can’t do better than Serge Lutens Complexion Perfecto.