Who knew a spontaneous decision could make the biggest statement of the night! Next to Lupita Nyong’o‘s Cinderella-esque gown, Jared Leto‘s ombre strands also ranked among the most buzzed-about style moments at the Oscars, but the look could have turned out much different from the gorgeous waves we saw on the red carpet. Leto and his hairstylist Chase Kusero, who used Vidal Sassoon products, were originally going to go for a side-parted low bun with a wet, mirror-like finish, but at the very last minute, the duo opted for a low-key look that worked with the actor’s natural texture. We loved his loose texture and the subtle graduation in color so much, we started to wonder how the style would look on us — which is why we added it to our Hollywood Makeover Tool! Are you curious to see how Leto’s ombre waves will flatter you? Simply upload your picture to our Hollywood Makeover Tool to start, and once the style is in place, share your makeover with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to see what they think. You can even upload your new look to Instagram as a MakeoverGram, and if you’re inspired to make a more permanent change, load the style on your mobile phone or iPad to bring to your hairstylist. Head over to our Hollywood Makeover Tool to get started now!
Our favorite stars dressed to impress at the 86th Academy Awards, and kept the celebration going well into the night by attending high-profile after parties. Several leading ladies took this as an opportunity to swap out their stunning red carpet gowns (which they often spend months finding) for a whole new look, switching out their floor-sweeping dresses for more party-appropriate, sexier, looks post-show.
While not everyone opted for a gown-change, many of the night’s nominees including Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams showed off a second look later in the evening. Other stars—like Kristen Bell, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, and Kate Hudson—shed their gowns fresh looks. ”The first dress I tried on for tonight was glamorous and beautiful, but it wasn’t comfortable,” Hudson tells InStyle. ”This is a long night and of course you want to look good, but more than anything you want it to feel good when you wear it. I wore this dress because I just felt so good and comfortable in it.” Whether these stars changed it up for comfort or style, or simply because they couldn’t decide on one designer piece, they all look stunning in their second ensembles of the night.
Reporting by David Hutchings
The perfect beauty complement to the Oscars red carpet? A red lip, of course! For the 86th Annual Academy Awards stars like Emma Watson, Anna Kendrick, and Naomi Watts reminded all of us why the crimson lip is such a classic look — it works on everybody, and adds a touch of Old Hollywood glamour to even the most-modern ensembles. “We wanted to make a statement with the makeup, and show a more playful side while still keeping true to her classic beauty,” says Kendrick’s makeup artist Sara Glick, who used Dior’s Fluid Stick in Open Me ($35; dior.com starting March 15) on the star. “I wanted her to stop the show by surprising everyone with a bright lip.” Mission accomplished!
If you want to follow in each stars’ lead, line your lips with a nude pencil rather than searching for an exact match. Many red lip liners can appear darker than your lipstick and create the dreaded stenciled effect, but a nude pencil will blend in with your natural lip color and provide a flat base for the hue to adhere. When working with statement lipsticks, make sure to apply the color using a lip brush to create the most-precise shape possible, then clean up around the edges with a concealer that matches your skin color to hide any unexpected smudges.
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At the 86th Academy Awards, Hollywood’s most-stylish leading ladies walked the red carpet in stunning looks (from dark glamour to pale, icy shades) and their floor-sweeping gowns did not disappoint. Now that you’ve seen our best-dressed list, it’s your turn to tell us whose ensemble came out on top by choosing your own Fashion A-List made up of your five best-dressed from the 2014 Oscars.
Who made it on our list? Some of our favorites were Kerry Washington (in Jason Wu), Amy Adams (in Gucci), Kate Hudson (in Versace), Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior), and Cate Blanchett (in Armani). Now that you know our picks, tell us yours by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top looks, then share them with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Now that the 86th Academy Awards have come to a close, the celebrations can finally begin! Last night’s winners—including Cate Blanchett (Best Actress), Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress), Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor) Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor)—hit the party circuit with their golden statutes in tow, along with fellow nominees and attendees joining in on the fun everywhere from the Governors Ball, Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party, to the Elton John’s 22nd annual AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party (which helped raise $5.1 million for the fight agains HIV/AIDs).
“I’m going to be doing all things Oscar‑related, this is my first time here,” says a speechless Nyong’o to reporters after the ceremony. “I feel like Willie Wonka in the Chocolate Factory.” What better way to describe Oscar night! To see how the young starlet celebrated her historical night and more of Hollywood’s biggest stars in their finest form, look through our gallery to go inside all of last night’s biggest parties!
—Josephine Cusumano with reporting by Brianna Deutsch, Matt Donnelly, David Hutchings, and Scott Huver.
Shades of nude and pale icy hues may have been all the rage on the Oscars red carpet, but some of Hollywood’s starlets choose the opposite side of the color spectrum and showed off their dark side with frocks in shades of black, too. Emma Watson wowed in a metallic knitted Vera Wang gown accented with a godet mermaid skirt, Charlize Theron gave a dramatic illusion with her Christian Dior Couture gown with clear plastic straps and a sheer skirt. Anne Hathaway added some sparkle to her Gucci column silk crepe gown with a crystal-embroidered bodice, and nominated actress Julia Roberts wore a custom Givenchy lace number complete with a peplum detail. Other leading ladies who chose black on the red carpet? Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, and Anna Kendrick. Going dark never looked so good!
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While the glamorous gowns lining the venue were the main focus at last night’s Oscars red carpet, the elegant beauty looks complementing each ensemble certainly didn’t go unnoticed. To mirror the princess feeling of her Prada gown, first-time Oscar winner and belle of the ball Lupita Nyong’o added a diamond-studded Fred Leighton headband to her cute pixie, which she complemented with a pop-of-color lip. Charlize Theron, on the other hand, played up her eyes, opting for a Twiggy-inspired white liner and lush lashes, while Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett paired her soft retro curls with a luminous complexion. But they aren’t the only stars who won big in the beauty department — after watching the entire ceremony and taking notes on our favorites, we rounded up the prettiest makeup and most-elegant hairstyles of the night, along with tips from the pros who created each look. Click through our gallery to see our favorite Oscar beauty moments up close!
How does Kelly Osbourne get ready to host on the red carpet? For the 86th Academy Awards, Osbourne’s stylist, Caley Lawson Rinker, gave InStyle.com a behind-the-scenes look at how her two standout looks came together on Oscar day. “We always have such a good time playing around when we get ready,” Lawson Rinker says to InStyle exclusively. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, Osbourne wore a party-ready Romona Keveza dress (pictured) to host E!’s Live From the Red Carpet and attend Elton John’s annual bash. For her trip down the Oscar red carpet, she rocked a stunning Badgley Mischka gown with beautiful embellishments. “I was the first person to hit the carpet and the only one to get rained on,” Osbourne tells us. “I have never felt more beautiful. Even though it was raining, it didn’t rain on my parade!” Follow us through the fashion correspondent’s pre-Oscar routine—from hair and makeup to her final red carpet look, get a behind-the-scenes peek at how Osbourne got ready for Hollywood’s biggest night in our gallery!
— Violet Gaynor and Kelsey Glein