The Anti-Oscars Report: This Whole Thing...The Hair, The Skin, The Laid-Back Vibe. It's Working, Big-Time
It's the day after the Oscars, and my email inbox has been pelted with red-carpet beauty reports for the last 12 hours. I haven't given them a close read, though, because I'm just not really getting the feels for all that worked-over hair + makeup.
Which isn't to say that I didn't think some of the women looked incredible last night. Of course they did. Hello, new girl-crush Naomie Harris! Brava, Emma Stone! I don't know what was better - your pitch-perfect ruby lips and precision brows or your La La Land win!
But have I been living in Florida so long now that I prefer this kind of gorgeous-gal-next-door ease to Spanxed and spackled Hollywood polish? Maybe. I definitely still prefer to see a near-flawless complexion rather than blotchy redness and sun spots. And as for Spanx, they're a necessary evil from time to time. (Better that than lumps and bumps under a tight frock. Shudder...)
Still, there's something so appealing about "less is more." Sure, the woman in this picture is young. But that kind of ease and comfort in your own skin is available to virtually anyone.
How To Pull-Off Laid-Back Polish
1. Even-out your complexion. Use a light formula if you want - a BB or CC cream, a tinted moisturizer. I saw a commercial last night for Neutrogena's new Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint and it looks amazing. I want to try that, stat. But back to my point: Do something. Unless you're 10, you've got something to hide. Everybody does.
2. Define your eyes. Or your brows. Not both. You can't really spot the black liner the woman in this pic is wearing, and that's kind of the point. Do just enough so your peepers pop, and then lay off the war paint.
3. Invest time finding your perfect pinky nude lip color. It's so worth it. Remember, even drugstores will allow you to return "mistakes" these days. (Not that I'm encouraging you to be unethical; I've never returned an item of makeup in my life. But it's nice to know I could...) Once you land on your ideal shade, buy it in multiples.
4. Even if you've got great hair, use a little product. A dab of leave-in conditioner. A dollop of Josie Maran's luscious argan balm. Rein in fuzz, frizz and fly-aways, and boost shine at the same time.
5. And about those highlights...A few are fine, but don't go overboard. Subtle wins the day every time.