4 Quick-Change Beauty Hacks We Learned From the Oscars After-Parties
We all know how much time, effort and micellar water goes into the incredible beauty looks attendees rep on the Oscars red carpet. The hours of work put in on the day by Glam Squads all over Hollywood are a given, not to mention the months of planning that takes place in the lead up to the event.
While celebrities sometimes go for looks we can copy at home, the truly standout moments are ones very clearly created by pros. (See: Rooney Mara's epic twisted updo for proof.) So, when our favourite A-listers opt for a second beauty look for the after-parties, we take notice. Why? By definition, these after-party looks must be speedy, goof-proof and high-impact. If this sounds like a recipe for celebrity glam you can actually use IRL, that's because it is.
Keep scrolling for five quick-change beauty hacks we learned from the Oscars after-parties.
J Law upgraded her classic cat-eye to a smokier situation for afters with the addition of smouldering eyeshadow. Invest in a creamy shadow stick like Max Factor's Wild Shadow Pencil ($13) and you can too. (This is a great hack for taking your work makeup out to drinks BTW.) Set your iPhone camera to front-facing, scribble on lids, blend with a fingertip, and go.
In yet another matchy-matchy makeup moment, Munn ditched her tangerine dress and lips for a metallic green eye and coordinating gown. To make a switch like this on the fly might seem intimidating but really comes down to two things: starting off with a neutral eye, and stashing a packet of makeup remover wipes (like Milk's Beauty Wipes, $11) in your bag. To DIY, use a wipe to carefully remove your lipstick, then add a touch of liner under your bottom lashline.
Larson was responsible for yet another lip switch (see: the face wipe tip above), but she also showed us what a difference a simple hair tweak can make. Creating movement in the hair in the form of soft waves before you pop in a barrette or clips means any crimps will go unnoticed if you take them out later. Keep a comb in your bag, flip your part, then rearrange the waves with your fingers. A mini bottle of texturising powder like Batiste's XXL ($10) boosts overly smooth roots, too.
If we were working with a braid as amazing as the one Teigen wore on the red carpet, we'd probably keep it going as long as possible. If, however, you're suddenly feeling the need for a quick-change too, take a cue from Mrs Legend and slick everything back with a frizz-busting oil like Original Mineral's Frizzy Logic ($35).