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Oscars 2009 Beauty: Freida Pinto

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freida+pinto+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Freida Pinto
For “Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto, celebrity makeup artist Jeffrey Paul incorporated the colors of a “morning sunrise.”

freida pinto academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Freida Pinto“Tonight’s look was about elegance,” says Paul, who used Dior cosmetics. “It’s about the youthful radiance of a young woman.”

Eyes: Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in Blooming Pink, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Beige Massai (soft brown shade), Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Night Dust (deep brown shade) and Diorshow Mascara in Chestnut

Lips: Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick in Sheer Rose

Skin: DiorSkin Nude Powder in Deep

Cheeks: DiorSkin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Anne Hathaway

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anne+hathaway+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway looked regal in a sparkling jewel encrusted Armani Privé gown. Her makeup look was sophisticated and elegant. Anne’s perfect brows framed her face and her long, lush lashes really made her eyes pop. She donned a deep berry-toned lip to complete her look.

anne hathaway academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Anne HathawayTo get Anne’s look, try Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Sable to fill in and shape the brows. Lightly dust Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Ciel du Soir over the entire eyelid followed by Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony applied to the upper lash line. Lightly smudge so there are no harsh lines. Apply several coats of Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara for a faux-lash effect.

For just a hint of color, dust Lancôme Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose on the apples of the cheeks. To create her berry stained pout, apply Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Brickhouse.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Angelina Jolie

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angelina+jolie+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie looked stunning in a black strapless Elie Saab gown paired with beautiful emerald-colored jewels which added a striking burst of color. Celebrity makeup artist Mary Burton created Angelina’s flawless look.

angelina and brad oscars 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Angelina JolieMary applied Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony to the upper and lower lash lines. She emphasized the shape of Angelina’s eyes by applying more liner to the outer corners of the eye. Several coats of Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara were applied to the upper lashes for added volume and length. Mary put a touch of pink to the cheeks using Shu Uemura Blush in M Pink 31 and applied it to her cheekbones near the temple. To create ultra-shiny and luminous lips, Mary used Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling.

To achieve Angelina’s romantic cascade of curls, celebrity hairstylist David Babaii “sprayed Angie’s entire head with David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray and scrunched it into the hair (this gives just the right texture and hold).”

“Next, I dried her hair by dividing her tresses into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. Taking small sections starting at the nape, I used the David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer with the nozzle attachment and finish the drying process with a large round brush to smooth hair straight. At the crown area, I sprayed David Babaii for WildAid Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier to the root area and down the hair shaft. Then, I dried this section with a jumbo round brush to add lift and volume.”

angelina jolie oscars 2009 hair Oscars 2009 Beauty: Angelina Jolie“Once dry, I sectioned the hair again using the same sectioning process as I did for blow drying. Using the David Babaii for WildAid Styling Iron, I once again sectioned the hair into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. To curl, use the Styling Iron to create “ribbon curls” by taking small “V” shaped sections. To achieve, I wrapped the hair around and inside the styling iron close to the scalp area and pull the iron down (similar to curling ribbon).”

“After curling the entire head, I smoothed some of the curls with a brush while leaving some intact. At the crown area, I back-brushed the hair at the scalp area only, sprayed some additional Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier and gently smoothed the surface not to remove too much of the back-brushing. Next, to create her half-up, half down look, I brushed the sides up and back and secured with pins. To complete the back, I ran my fingers up several curls to create volume and variations in texture. For a long but natural lasting hold, I used David Babaii for WildAid Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray.”

Styling Tip: Why so much sectioning? It is vital to have constant control of your hair at all times. You will never miss an area or a section.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Kate Winslet

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kate winslet academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Kate WinsletAcademy Award winner Kate Winslet looked beautiful in a multi-toned one shoulder YSL dress. Celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey wanted to create a classic, natural look.

First, she prepped Kate’s skin with Lancôme La Base Pro primer to create a smooth canvas for a polished complexion. She lightly brushed Lancôme Brow Expert in Naturel on the brows to play up their natural shape.

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pro Eyeshadow Trio in Ice Shimmer was applied to the eyes and the lashes were coated with Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pro Mascara in Black. To create a sheer, neutral colored lip, Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Old Flame was applied for a soft, matte finish.

Frederic Fekkai’s Renato Campora tended to the tresses of Kate Winslet. The inspiration was a modern day Grace Kelly that compliments her total look and silhouette; a wavy texture with a dynamic shape.

kate winslet oscars 2009 hair Oscars 2009 Beauty: Kate WinsletGet the Look: Start by applying Fekkai More All Day Density Styling Whip on wet hair. Blow-dry smooth with the Fekkai Large Round Brush to create some volume. Then use a one inch curling iron and let it set for 20 minutes. Brush it through and use the Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra Light Finishing Creme at the ends to help roll hair under. Finish with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Marisa Tomei

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marisa+tomei+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Marisa Tomei
Frederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel styled Best Supporting Actress nominee, Marisa Tomei’s locks.

marisa tomai academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Marisa TomeiInspiration: Cascades of soft movement mirroring the twists and turns of the dress.

Get the Look: Start by applying Fekkai More All Day Density Styling Whip to roots and Fekkai Coiff Perfector Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme from roots to ends. Blow dry hair with a round brush and pin it in place as it cools down. Next, take the hair and pin it loosely with hair clips in desired twist and turns. Make sure that the bangs are on an angle and look soft with some loose hair falling naturally.

Using hair pins and bobby pins place them to hold the shape and remove the hairclips. Finish with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Jessica Biel

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jessica+biel+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Jessica Biel
Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff created a “soft and romantic” look for presenter Jessica Biel. “

Jessica wore a very structured white gown with a 40′s vibe so I wanted the makeup to not be hard or structured,” said Dubroff.

Eyes: Super soft-no liner at all and only one coat of mascara. Benefit Creaseless Shadow in Gossip, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Petal Shine

Lips:
Dior Addict Lipcolor in Infamous Pink

Cheeks:
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Moist Glow in Nuelle

Skin:
The skin on face and body is glowing with the help of Sensai Brightening Creme

jessica biel academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Jessica BielFrederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel styled Jessica Biel’s locks.

Inspiration: A very romantic almost victorian look, sexy and feminine.

Get the Look: Start out by applying Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel at the roots combined with some Fekkai Ageless All Day Hair Plump on ends. After applying the products, take the blow drier and hand dry the hair completely getting all of the natural texture to come out. Follow this by taking a 1″ curling iron and curling random pieces. Once finished, pull up half of the hair allowing a few pieces to fall down and frame the face. Braid two small braids on either side of the temples and pull them back. To finish the look, spray hair with Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist and Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah

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queen+latifah+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah
For the 2009 Oscars, hairstylist Julie Baker used FHI Heat hair tools to help create a very elegant, modern chignon for her longtime client Queen Latifah.

queen latifah academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah“Latifah’s dress is very elegant, modern and chic, and her hair needs to complement this, so we decided on a modern chignon which features very smooth hair, a side part, bangs that swoop down in front, a low bun in the back that is off to the side,” said Baker.

To achieve this glamorous modern look, Baker dried Latifah’s hair using the new FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000 blow dryer, then applied FHI Heat Hot Sauce (a heat-activated conditioner that protects hair) to slightly damp hair. Last, she used her favorite FHI Heat Runway styling iron to smooth out Latifah’s tresses, before styling it into a chignon.

Photos: Wireimage

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