The Beauty Bible: From Red Carpet to White Wedding, Top Trends at The Oscars with Chrys Champan MUA
Oh hello, loves. I do hope that you’re well this bright and beautiful Friday. We’re delighted that you have landed on our ‘Beauty Bible’ feature, and even more so this Friday as we have the super (duper!) talented Chrys Chapman MUA talking to us all about the beautiful goings on at Hollywood’s prettiest and most prestigious awards, The Oscars.
Luscious green leaves yields to the burnt amber and vivid oranges of autumn. In winter we implore the weather gods for a white Christmas. And as the daffodils and crocus begin to emerge, so to does spring bring out all the stars. They take to the red carpet in their sequin-studded droves – pressed, preened and polished. The fashion and beauty worlds inhale; bated breath in anticipation of what couture-meets-cutting-room-floor offerings they will bring us.
This year was no different, and as I watched the 90th Academy Awards from my Yorkshire home, I was on the prowl for looks that could be translated from the red carpet, down the aisle. And the female celebrities did not disappoint. This is not to say their male counterparts let themselves down in any way, however, I might advise leaving your leather harnesses at home (unless that’s what you’re into).
So what influences are the perfect marriage of celebrity and bridal for your wedding? And who won my beauty equivalent of that golden statuette?
1. Beautifully diffused smokey eyes in flatteringly soft browns, nudes and greys. The queen of this trend that night was absolutely Zendaya. You can almost see a sunrise-lit gradient of colour. Hats off to makeup artist Sheika Daley for this show stopper.
How can you wear this trend? Abandon the cut-crease, night out eyeshadows that are currently dominating your instagram feed. Instead opt for a soft colour palette and defined lash line which is universally flattering. Brush up your tight line skills and dust off your blending brush. Keep dark colours to the lash line and blend down. Bring a little of that medium to dark contrast colour to the corner — but keep blending down. Trust me. This will ensure you don’t take the dark tone to high, and will maintain a rich, effortless, smoulder with plenty of drama and none of the diva.
2. Pink Pop! Steal this cheeky colour from the apples to and use it on eyes. A romantic pink wash was all a flutter at the Oscars. This wasn’t a neon infusion, but a soft nod to the traditionally girly hue. Integrating a rose hue into a softer statement eye set the tone for a pretty powerful trend as visually articulated so adeptly by Emma Stone, who paired it with a power suit.
You don’t have to rock a bridal tux to do the same. Instead, for a homage to our rosie favourite, take inspiration from you wedding palette. Look at your flowers — are you toting pink peonies, Casablanca lilies, or accents of pastel sweet peas? Bridesmaids are wearing shades of rose? Or have you gone 100% ‘Steel Magnolias’ and you’re channelling your inner Shelby with bunting in blush and bashful. Using a little pink eyeshadow or a sweep of your favourite blusher in the crease of a classic smokey eye to really tie that hue into your makeup look adds a subtle hit of romance and something unexpected. This isn’t about being matchy-matchy. This is about coordinating and keeping a theme running through the entire look of your wedding party and palette.
3. A bold lip. Don’t get me wrong there was an abundance of nude lips that night. And honestly, it might be a safer option for many women when a long night of photo-ops and speech delivery is on the cards. But it’s not that memorable. So to the ladies who dared a fierce red or a deep purple — I salute you. Eliza Gonzales rocked a bright orange/ red lip. Greta Gerwig channeled Old Hollywood with a raspberry pop complimented by short cropped finger waves in her hair. And Salma Hayek owned the night with her deep cherry pout. Lush!
This great to be able to play and have fun with colour. In fact, it’s great way to signal the move from ceremony to party. I often encourage my brides to think about if they want to keep the same colour on lips during the reception or go a bit mad once the celebrations really get started. Whether you opt for red, pink or plum, I completely encourage trying lots of bold colours, even if you’re more of bare-is-best adherent. Coming into warmer weather is always a good time to try new shades. If you opt for one of these on the day, make sure you or your makeup artist has a good quality translucent powder (Laura Mercier’s classic, loose translucent is my powder of choice). Once lips are coated with your shade of choice a light pat of powder either directly onto lips or through a tissue will go a long way to hold the colour longer and prevent transference.
There were many, many trends to be seen on the night, but the one that stood out for me and that is my guiding light in makeup was glowing skin. I don’t meet many brides who come for their trials and don’t say this is top of their list. And when it comes to getting that coveted skin there are lots of makeup tricks I can employ, but truly, that starts with you. I came to makeup through a more beauty, health and science led perspective so I deeply understand the connection between overall health, skin health and the ultimate outcome: skin’s appearance. Start early, employing the right nutrition and skincare routine for you and make sure you get good advice that isn’t just sales driven. You only get the one body, and the one skin and the one face. Love them. Treat them right. If you do this, you will inevitably reap the rewards.
So another year of Oscar glamour comes to a close. Congrats to the winners, and in equal measure to all the women of the industry who inspired us this year. I loved watching the red carpet commentary, but the moment Frances McDormand invited every female nominee to stand and be counted and applauded, as well as the subsequent group hug of all the Best Actress nominees was by far the sentiment that will stick with me for the year ahead. So of all the ‘trends’ gracing the silver screen that night, the one I would recommend to all my brides and all my girl tribe females — be strong. Strong is not the NEW sexy or the NEW pretty. Strong has been and will always be the measure of sexy, pretty, beautiful, fierce. Be you. Be gorgeous. Be strong.
We do hope that you have adored today’s guest feature as much as we have, a huge thank you to our writer for today, Chrys Champan MUA. She certainly knows her stuff! Do you have a favourite beauty-look from the Oscars that you’d love to sport at your own wedding? As always, let us know in the comments section below, gorgeous ones.
Pst, if you’d like a lovely makeup artist for a bridal look, special occasion or even just to treat yourself (we all deserve it, right?), you can get in contact with Chrys her via email or connect on Twitter or Instagram.