Get Red-carpet Beauty on a Budget

Hollywood’s finest dazzled at the Oscar’s. Get the scoop on the hottest makeup looks of the night.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 23, 2009

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Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson’s eyelash extensions added drama to her red-carpet style. If you’re not comfortable wearing false eyelashes, you can still get a look that pops by using a mascara that adds intense volume and curl to the lashes. Find out which products will have you loving your lashes.

By Qianna Smith

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These magical mascaras are sure to create dreamy lashes. When applying your mascara we suggest wiggling the wand from left to right at the base of your lashes. You want your brush strokes to go from the root to the tip of the lashes—this creates the illusion of added length and fullness. Pull brush slowly through the lashes to prevent clumping.

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The perfect accessory to a black dress is sexy, smoldering eyes. Oscar-winning bombshell Halle Berry nails the look. Create a smoky effect like Halle’s by using a shadow that has a touch of shimmer for an intense and inviting effect.

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Open up a smoky eye by dusting a little metallic shimmer over the lids and the inner-most corner of the eyes. Proceed to line the eye with a heavy pencil, and then blend outward using a Q-tip. Be sure to apply a darker shadow into the crease of the eye for added definition. Finish with volumizing mascara.

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To achieve Jada’s natural glow, you’ll want to start with a clean moisturized face, says celebrity hair and makeup artist Roberta “Robbi” Rogers. Your foundation will go on more smoothly if the skin is well-hydrated.

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“Jada is most likely wearing a sheer liquid foundation. To get her smooth finish, apply your foundation with a damp sponge or brush. You’ll want to make even strokes with the brush in an upward and outer motion towards the hairline and then lightly dust a translucent powder across your entire face,” says Roberta “Robbi” Rogers, who works with stars like Vivica A. Fox.

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“Hair that looks chic, modern and bobbed. What could be better right now? Nothing!” raves celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson. “The soft wave, the length to the chin, the effortless style looks so right now. If you are wearing a bob this is a way to update your look by using a few hot-rollers to give it that sexy style.”

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When using hot rollers, Ted Gibson suggests using a setting lotion spray to create soft, controlled waves that will give your hair that shakable bouncy look. Try these amazing products to get Viola’s body-boosting bob style.

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When it comes to wearing bold fashions opt for a makeup palette that is soft and subtle like Beyoncé’s. The goal should be to highlight and enhance your strongest facial features. Understated makeup can give the skin a younger and brighter appearance.

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Get a radiant complexion by using a highlighting powder that captures light. Coral palettes on the cheeks and lips are also great for capturing light fragments, which will bring out your natural beauty.