A. Makeup artist Tina Roesler Kerwin used Pasadena Purple from the toxin-free brand Nubar. A pretty polish that’s in hot demand since the movie came out!
Getting a manicure is great, but sometimes we need to save money, so we opt to do it at home. This is our quick and easy recipe for a DIY manicure.
Begin by removing any existing nail polish so your nails are clean and dry.Try Cutex Quick & Gentle Nail Polish Remover, $2.09, drugstore.com
Use a cuticle remover to help remove any dry cuticles and clean up the skin around the nail without having to cut anything. Try Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, $5.99, cosmeticmall.com
Apply a base coat (especially important if you’re going with a darker color. A base will protect your nails from stains). We like Nubar Foundation base coat ($6.99, bynubar.com), it really helps polish last.
Now it’s time to apply your color. Apply a thin layer of nail polish over the base coat. Placing the brush about half-way down your nail, push downward (which fans the bristles out) until you almost touch your nail bed. Then reverse and sweep upward. Repeat on each nail. Our pick right now? Zoya Malia, a gorgeous violet cream, from the new Twist Collection, $6, zoya.com
After your first coat is nearly dry (this prevents bubbling), sweep the brush horizontally across the top of your nail to create an edge of polish and help prevent chipping, then proced to apply a second coat to the nails.
After a few minutes, go over your hands with the polish remover soaked Q-tip ($4.99, drugstore.com), removing any excess smudges or paint from around your fingers.
Finally, apply a clear top coat over each nail to protect and seal the color. We love Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, $9.99, drugstore.com
We really love Dove Cream Oil Body Wash because it never leaves our skin feeling tight after using it. While some so-called “moisturizing” body washes leave us darting out of the shower to the nearest bottle of lotion, this one does not. It leaves skin feeling silky soft and smelling great. Another plus? A little goes a long way— you don’t even have to squeeze the bottle very hard to get the product out— and it lathers up beautifully. Available in 5 fabulous scents. 8.49, drugstore.com
We loved the Oscars this year, and most of the beauty looks didn’t let us down. Fabulous fresh skin and gorgeous makeup caught our attention, while hairstyles ranging from updos and hair half up and half down, to cascading curls and loose waves gave us a reason to keep watching.
Oscar Night HairTrend #1: Updos
Looking just as classy as she is beautiful, Diane Lane wowed us with her unfussy updo. We loved her timeless makeup that had a touch of shimmer on the eyes and her orange-red stained lips added just the right amount of color to compliment her black dress.
Natalie Portman looked so incredible it was hard not to stare. Her hair was done in a classic updo and her makeup looked flawless with highlighted cheeks, soft smokey eyes and glossy, rosy-pink lips.
Looking stunning in her red gown, Amy Adams opted to wear her updo at the nape of her neck in an asymmetrical fashion. With a smoky eye created with browns and purples, flawless skin and pink lips, we also love how her stunning necklace gave her face a glow.
Freida Pinto never disappoints us. We love her soft updo that complemented her one-armed gown (although we just could bring ourselves to love the gown, she still looked stunning). Her makeup, as always, looked amazing and because she’s such a natural beauty, minimal makeup was used. Soft liner and shadow, blush to add a bit of color and a matte pink color on the lip.
Kate Winslet didn’t wow us with her gown, but we were in love with her dynamic and modern hairstyle. Created to be reminiscent of Grace Kelly, the now Oscar-winning actress’s makeup complimented the hairstyle with a classic and natural look.
Oscar Night Hair Trend #2: Half Up/Half Down
Jessica Biel is a beautiful starlet who unfortunately didn’t make our best-dressed list. We were happy to see that, thankfully, her hair and makeup look fabulous— she wore her hair in a soft, wavy ‘do and kept her makeup look all about great skin, neutral eyes and a pink lip.
Angelina Jolie is stunning, yes we know. But until Sunday night, we had been let down by the Changling star in the hair and wardrobe department. She must have been on to us because she stunned us with her gorgeous cat eye, glowing skin, and glossy pink lip— wow!
Melissa George was nothing short of gorgeous in the hair and makeup department. With loosely curled tresses pulled half up, she looked simply angelic and luminescent.
Dancing With The Stars co-host Samantha Harris looked fierce in an electric blue one-shoulder gown. What we love most is her choice to pair it soft makeup consisting of browns and pinks and a loose half-up hairstyle to keep her from looking too overdone.
Oscar Night Hiar Trend #3: Hair Down
Amanda Seyfied is another actress who didn’t get our vote in the fashion department, but took home a prize in the beauty category. Along with her hair styled in long loose waves, Amanda kept her look modern and youthful with a soft smokey eye— a fine liner between lightly smudged eyeshadow and bare-looking lashes— and a sheer crimson lip to finish off the look.
Jennifer Aniston didn’t walk the red carpet, but her look still caught our attention. We love her cheery beach-worthy look complete with a French braid to hold the front of her hair back. Her makeup was complementing as well- very dewy skin, peachy-pink cheeks and light pink lips.
We love the necklace Taraji P. Hensen wore on Oscar Sunday— it really lit up her face. Add to that her great layered bob (blown out smooth and given some added texture to make it a little more edgy for the big night), a fabulous smudged out liner, a bronzy-pink blusher on the cheeks and sheer pink gloss on the lips and we say it’s a recipe for beauty success.