Hi, everyone! Earlier this month, I shared with you my picks for the best makeup looks at this year's Academy Awards. I got you to vote for which of the featured looks you'd like me to re-create in a tutorial, and the clear winner was... Olivia Wilde!
I was jazzed to emulate her red carpet look, as it was all about bold, graphic winged liner and nude peachy cheeks and lips. Mod perfection!
I finally got the chance to re-create the look over the weekend, so here you have it: my step-by-step photo tutorial of how to master Olivia Wilde's '60s-inspired 2014 Oscars look! Hope you find it helpful!
So let's start at the beginning!
1) Start with moisturized, primed skin. Starting with a smooth canvas is always a must! Pick whatever moisturizer and primer combo makes your skin look its best and wears well under foundation. I opted for Antipodes Divine Face Oil and Sunday Riley Effortless Tinted Breathable Primer in Light. Now you're fresh-faced and ready for foundation!
2) Create a Flawless Base. Olivia's foundation offered moderate coverage and a satiny matte finish. Not dewy, but definitely not flat. Choose a foundation that will even out your skin tone without looking mask-like. I chose By Terry Cover Expert in Shade #1. Then, apply powder, but only in areas where skin gets oily. Too much powder will leave things looking cakey, rather than fresh. I applied Revlon ColourStay Pressed Powder in Light very sparingly on my t-zone and around my eyes.
3) Add a subtle contour! Olivia's cheeks were gently defined on Oscars night, so I added a subtle contour underneath my cheekbones to emulate the look. Pick a shade just a couple tones darker than your natural complexion, preferably in a matte finish for an extra natural look. I applied The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Fair Matte in the hollows of my cheeks with a kabuki brush.
4) Eyebrows! As you can tell, I have very little in the way of natural brows, so filling in my arches is a daily chore. If you have more generous brows, just be sure to leave them neat and groomed. Olivia's brows were defined without being too bold, so simply use your favourite brow colour and/or gel to make your natural brow shape look its best. I used Maybelline's Define-A-Brow pencil in Dark Blonde, then combed the excess out with a bare spoolie brush.
5) Prime the eyelids and add a matte, natural base. To start the eye look, add a swipe of your favourite eye shadow primer. We don't want anything to budge! I used Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion formula. Looking closely at Olivia's eye, you'll see there is very little shimmer on the lids. So, for the base colour, I chose a matte ivory shade (Urban Decay Bleach), applying it all over my lid and up to the brow bone.
6) Warm up the eye and add a touch of glitz. To add subtle depth to the eye, I applied a nearly matte warm peachy pink (Urban Decay Minor Sin) to the crease of the eye, blending up towards the brow bone. Close inspection of Olivia's eye look reveals just a touch of glitter near the crease, so I also added a small dash of Urban Decay Sidecar just above the crease for a pop of festive glitter.
7) Draw the guidelines for the winged liner. Time for the fun part- the liner! I was excited to hear that Olivia's makeup artist used my all-time favourite liquid liner on Oscars night- Revlon ColourStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black. I had this very liner on hand, so I put it to work! To start a dramatic winged liner, first draw a guideline, based on the desired length and angle of the liner. Olivia's liner was angled upward and seemed to extend to nearly the tip of her brow, so this is the shape and dimension I went for. It's always good to start more subtle, since you can always extend the line later!
8) Thicken the liner for extra drama! After the initial guideline was drawn, I thickened the liner by starting at the outer tip of the guideline and drawing back into the centre of the eye, gradually extending the liner to the inner corner.
So it's #1, draw a guideline upwards and outward from the outer corner of the eye to create the length and angle of the winged liner and #2, start at the outer tip of guideline and draw inwards to thicken the liner.
After the general shape is created, you can gradually thicken the liner further to its desired intensity! I love the felt-tipped applicator of Revlon ColourStay Liquid Eye Pen- it gives incredible precision!
9) Lots of lashes! It appears that Olivia was wearing false lashes on Oscars night, but since I'm rubbish at applying falsies, I opted for two bold coats of my favourite volumizing mascara, BeneFit They're Real! But by all means, if false lashes are up your alley, apply your favourite set after swiping on a coat of mascara.
10) Add a pop of peach to your cheeks! Olivia's Oscars look featured a subtle, glowy-looking pinky peach blush. To emulate this look, I first applied some Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera to the applies of my cheeks using a Real Techniques Stippling Blush. I find that starting with a cream blusher adds a lovely dewiness to the cheeks. To up the colour intensity slightly, I added a very light dusting of The Balm Frat Boy blush over top of Gerbera, blending it up to my temples.
11) Pale out lips and add a peachy nude lipstick. Olivia's lips were quite nude in this look, courtesy of Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Incognito. As this shade is not a member of my stash, I opted for the closest hue in my collection, YSL Rouge Volupte in Tender Peach, a pale mod nude peach. To up the paleness of this lipstick, I first applied some concealer on my lips (Hard Candy Glamouflage in Light) to start with an even base.
And there you have it! The completed look! In only 11 easy steps, heehee. So maybe this wasn't the most concise of tutorials, but hopefully you found it fun and helpful!
Here's one more peek at Olivia's Oscars look, followed by a few more shots of my take:
And here's a peek at the key products used in creating this look:
Overall, I had such a fun time creating this look- and sporting it for the rest of the day! I've always been inspired by 1960's mod makeup, and Olivia wore it so well this year at the Oscars!
How do you think I did at re-creating this look? Is graphic winged liner up your alley?
Thanks so much for reading! xo