Nude makeup or a soft finish: the red carpet makeup looks at this year’s 90th Academy Awards were all about understatement. Whether this is simply reflective of the current rending no-makeup-makeup look or reflects a larger message of the beauty of women unfettered by cakey, dramatic makeup in the rising tide of the #TimesUp movement can be debated all day, but what we do know right now is the HMU artists to the stars are giving us major daytime inspiration for everyday beauty.
Let’s take “Get Out” star Allison William’s nude makeup look. Her eyelids were golden pink with a shimmery finish, accentuated by lash extensions and finished with a coat of bright red lipstick. You only need three products to get this look (plus a base for your foundation). I tried replicating the look myself at home and can confirm that with quick hands this look is achievable in just a few minutes. Easy, right?
Here are five other superglam beauty looks from Sunday night that are even low key enough for the office.
Let’s start with Mary J. Blige: a line of eyeliner and light pink lipstick complete the look and create balance with her high pompadour. (Short hair abounded on the red carpet in fresh, sophisticated cuts seen on the likes of Greta Gerwig and Pax Vega.)
Then there’s the go-to look for any important occasion: the smokey eye. The most intense example we saw was on Viola Davis: to get the look, use a very black eye shadow and blend with your fingertips (and don’t forget the mascara).
The loveliest smokey eyes we saw belonged to Zendaya, with a smoldering ombre made only more dramatic by a high, clean bun.
For a touch of color, try Lupita Nyong’o’s eye makeup: all you have to do is apply some liner along your lower and upper lash lines, and then slightly smudge over the mobile lid for an eye-catching finish.
There were plenty of nude and light pink lips, but if you’re feeling bold and want a darker shade, try Gal Gadot’s look: berry lipstick has an Old Hollywood glamour that outlives all flash-in-the-pan trends.
What red carpet makeup look was your favorite? Leave us a comment and let us know!