As the stars glittered by on the Red Carpet at the 86th Academy Awards, some were a bit more luminous than others. Here are our picks of the brightest beauty trends. Which are your favourites?
Lips painted in shades of warm coral leaning towards orange are one of the main trends of the season and a challenger to the classic red lip. The Chic Coral Award goes to Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o, whose look was one of the high points of the evening. In a soft, feminine mix of shimmery lips, rosy cheeks, pink nails and an elegant diamond headband to set off her accordion-pleated pale blue gown signed Miuccia Prada, she enchanted us and the world. The celebrity and fashion manicurist who created the shimmering nails was American nail queen Deborah Lippman. In an exclusive commentary, she told us:
‘Lupita complemented this stunning “Nairobi blue” dress with gold and opal jewellery so I choose to coordinate her nails with these stunning accessories. I applied three coats of the light pink shimmer.’
THE JUICY BERRY POUT
A contender to the coral red lip is the berry-stained mouth, which we are going to see a lot of going forward into autumn, if we can take the catwalk stylists’ word for it. We were inspired by radiant beauty Kerry Washington, who made one of the evening’s most celebrated beauty entrances with a baby bump under her muted purple gown by Jason Wu. A loose semi-updo and intense dark cherry lips were the winning combination.
GLAMOROUS SIDE PART
The hairstylists seem unusually agreed in their choice of coifs for the evening’s stars. The side part is making an ultra-chic comeback, preferably combined with long, glamorous waves. Beautiful, feminine and simply elegant! Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Jessica Biel all plumped for glam side parts and long hair volumised with gorgeous texture. Our favourite was Cate’s sensuous, sophisticated part and blonde waves in a 40s-inspired Veronica Lake look. Think a blonde Jessica Rabbit with a huge dose of elegance!