By  on April 11, 2008

In the golden age of Hollywood celebrity, beauty companies were content to hitch themselves to the biggest star around and ride their gilded coattails all the way to the cash register. But as every A-, B- and C-lister signed up to front a fragrance, a skin cream or the newest mascara, the magical X factor often seemed to be missing. While sales of celebrity products have stabilized, the influence of Hollywood on the national beauty psyche hasn’t. Witness the all-encompassing coverage of the Oscars, with every single aspect of an actress’ appearance analyzed and deconstructed, right down to her diamanté hair clip.

While the hoi polloi look to Hollywood for beauty inspiration, Hollywood looks to the runway as a breeding ground for upcoming trends. This year, the Oscars neatly coincided with the fall 2008 ready-to-wear shows in Paris. While there were overarching similarities in the hair and makeup looks, the execution was thrillingly different. Take red lips for example, which, combined with an otherwise bare face, was a safe, solid choice on the red carpet this year. On the runway, however, lips were bright cherry red and supershiny—and were paired with an equally strong eye. Toned down, it’s a fresh look for any aspiring starlet. Discover more influential beauty trends from each side of the divide in “Opposites Attract” on page 29.

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