Cate Blanchett can do no red-carpet wrong, and her 2014 Oscars appearance was no exception: The supremely elegant Best Actress winner looked like a modern-day version of Grace Kelly with her bright blonde waves. But it was her barely-there makeup that really caught our attention—we love it when stars let their natural beauty shine through! To achieve this no-makeup makeup look, even out skin first with a color-correcting product like Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Beauty Balm, then dab on just a touch of petal-pink blush. Choose a cream formula like Vasanti’s Lip and Cheek Color Pod in Natural Light, which melts right into skin. Finally, add a high shine to lips with a light-reflecting gloss and a twinkle to eyes with a shimmery taupe shadow.
There’s not much to say about J.Law’s pixie—except that it was spot-on. Expertly tousled at the top and supersleek along the sides, the edgy ‘do took home our award for Best Hair. To get this slicked-back style whether your hair is short or long, first apply mousse to damp tresses. We’re fans of Fekkai’s Sheer Shape Styling Mousse, which amplifies volume and creates definition while keeping strands sleek. Once hair is dry, use a teasing brush to strategically add lift and smooth down the sides. Also essential: a good hair oil to bestow megawatt movie-star shine. We love Kerastase Elixir Ultime’s weightless formula, packed with a blend of antioxidant-rich oils to boost hair health.
OK, so part of Olivia Wilde’s glow was most likely due to her impending bundle of joy—but we’re going to try and steal her look regardless. Start by applying a tinted moisturizer with light-reflecting properties, like Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint, which will give your complexion a dewy appearance. The secret key ingredient, however, is a healthy dose of bronzer. Forego blush altogether and contour cheekbones with a matte-finish product like Marcelle’s Bronzing Pressed Powder. Trust us: No one will believe you’re not just back from a Caribbean jaunt. And while it might go without saying, the words “radiant” and “bare lips” simply can’t be together in the same sentence—don’t forget bright lipstick to perk up your complexion.
Apart from the actual awards, every Oscars night has a red-carpet winner—and Lupita beat everyone by a long shot (the Best Supporting Actress winner also had the most memorable acceptance speech of the evening). Head to toe, her look was flawless, and her embrace of one of spring’s biggest trends, pastel makeup, renewed our hope that this long winter will actually end (someday). The secret to pulling off these ultrafeminine hues: Pick a focal point, like Lupita did with her lips. For a pretty pink pout that won’t budge, try stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima. Next, use a stain such as Benefit Cosmetic’s Lollitint for a sheer wash of cheerful color on cheeks, and keep lids bare, only using mascara to play up eyes.