Did you watch the Academy Awards this weekend? I live tweeted the whole thing, but still I want to shine a light on the beautiful bellas walking the red carpet. This was quite a year for black actresses at the Oscars!
First of all, Taraji P. Henson absolutely took my breath away in her Roberto Cavalli gown. Her skin tone glowed in that glorious dress, and her necklace! So up my alley. Just Jared revealed a closer shot of her vintage-style diamond necklace. Gorgeous. Couple that with the sleek, asymmetrical hairstyle, and she was a total showstopper.
As BellaSugar points out, her look is very fresh, soft, and pretty, but with a fierce modern look thanks to that smoldering smokey eye. To achieve the look yourself, I just gotta shout out the Benefit Smokin’ Eyes kit once more, and that bronzy deep peach cheek reminds me very much of PUR Minerals pressed mineral blush in Burnished Bronze. Which is a GREAT shade for accenting deep brown skin.
Can we talk about Miss Viola Davis? She was a vision in a gold Reem Acra gown. Or at least I thought so — apparently the idiots on E’s Fashion Police disagreed and called it “too Motown.” Whatever the hell THAT’s supposed to mean. The fabulous Project Rungay gave her kudos on the fit of the gown, and I agree — she looked incredibly luminous and happy.
Bellasugar pointed out her gold eyeshadow and raspberry lip, and gasp — a reader noticed that her foundation is a tad too light and not blended to match her neck. That’s happened to me often with mineral makeup, so I feel her pain. And I gotta say, for a glorious golden eye, I still love love LOVE b.l.a.c minerals. Don’t sleep on their Carnival mineral eye pigment, and for a berry lip that lasts all night, you could do no better than Valana Minerals Berry Bliss. This lipstick glides on and lingers like a lipstain. And yo, the sample sets for $5.99 are a GREAT deal that last for a while.
I didn’t love Alicia Keys’ makeup — LOL, Gigglesugar compared her to Mulan! I blame it on an overeager hand in contouring and eye makeup by her makeup artist. This was the kind of look that probably looked amazing in person but translated into way! too! much! for viewers on TV, IMO.
Her artist explained, “I was inspired by Veronica Lake, Lena Horne and the women in Hollywood in the 40â€™s and early 50â€™s so bold lips, luminous skin, strong brows and sultry eyes are all a MUST!!!â€
I see. And I respectfully disagree with the choice of eyeshadow for Miss Keys. The pale peach shadow, dramatically lined eye, and bold red lip was retro-inspired overkill IMO. And please note I am not being as snarky as the funsters at Project Rungay, who said — and I quote — “She looks beautiful but she’s so done up she kinda doesn’t even look like herself. Like she’s a drag queen doing an Alicia Keys tribute named Felicia Sleaze or something.”
Meow! Feel free to disagree in the comments!
I must admit, I didn’t love Queen Latifah’s dress — on Twitter I declared that the sharply pointed bodice reminded me of Ursula from The Little Mermaid. But I DO love that Queen La always keeps it real with her makeup. Eye 4 Style reveals that Sam Fine used only Cover Girl makeup, and created her eye look with Golden Sunrise, which is currently on sale at Drugstore.com for $3.47. Give it to em, Queen!
Who wore it best? Who rocked your favorite Oscar look? Did you LOVE Angelina’s earrings as much as I did? Dish!