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Awards season beauty looks are dominated by this one approach


Awards season beauty looks are dominated by this one approach

Awards season is here, albeit with a slightly delayed start and amidst the shadow of the ongoing pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

It means naturally and rightly so, there is a slightly subdued air to the usual frivolity of red carpet coverage. Nonetheless, with a job to do, the stars involved are bringing glamour and elegance to the table. 

This week it was the coinciding Baftas – or British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards – taking place at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Critics Choice Awards, which took place in both Los Angeles at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel and London at the Savoy Hotel, that saw stars of film and television show up to fete this year’s productions and performances. 

While much has been made of the throwback 90s and Y2K looks happening in fashion and beauty lately, it seems in uncertain times – and it must have been tricky deciding what was right for these events – plenty of people return to the old familiar classics.

In beauty terms that means there were plenty of hair and makeup nods to tried and true Hollywood beauty looks, like tumbling waves and defined eyeliner flicks. 

Even the most creative and expressive stars went for straightforward glamour although there were touches of modern elements that helped prevent these looks from appearing stiff or dated. 

Here are some of our favourite looks and the makeup ideas we’re taking away. 


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LADY GAGA: The Lady’s makeup artist Sarah Tanno let sculpted brows and a thick fringe of lashes retain the focus. In a move we’re definitely adopting for a special event, Tanno layered a number of longer falsies at the outer corners for an ‘old Hollywood’ shape.


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SELENA GOMEZ: A masterclass in not overdoing it, makeup artist Hung Vanngo aced the perfect sharp winged eyeliner but kept everything else pared back. Vanngo used makeup from Gomez’s Rare Beauty line, including the Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner for that precise eye look.


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JUNG HO-YEON: The Squid Game star’s dewy skin approach made the sculpted hair waves look a lot less fussy, and the hint of tint on her lips is the perfect youthful alternative to full-pigment lipstick.

LASHANA LYNCH: The British Actress also took a ‘liner and lip with set curls’ approach, with a so-now glossy finish to a red lip look created by makeup artist Alex Babsky using Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink liquid lipstick in 154 topped with the slightly shinier L’Absolu Rouge lipstick 525.


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KRISTEN STEWART: Taking similarly tumbling waves and giving them a 90s vibe by wearing over one shoulder, Kristen Stewart paired the look with equally 90s brownish nude lip and intensely contoured smoky eyeshadow.


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LUCY BOYNTON: A red lip is always appropriate! Lucy Boynton balances the blonde bob with a matte red lipstick by Chanel to match her sequinned Chanel dress.

FLORENCE PUGH: Another vote for serious liquid liner, this time pared with a blotted mauve pink matte lip.

Images, top: @hoooooyeony; @babskymakeup; and @hungvanngo



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