Good Looking: The Red Carpet

From updos infused with texture to bright lips ona bare face, rounding up the standout red-carpettrends from the recent Hollywood awards showextravaganza.

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Easy, Breezy A-List Beauty: Clockwise from top left: Zoe Saldana; Julia Roberts; Reese Witherspoon; Jennifer Aniston; Kate Bosworth; Nicole Kidman; Carey Mulligan; Jennifer Garner.

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Silver Streak: From left: Kate Hudson; Emily Blunt; Heidi Klum.

Silver Streak: From left: Kate Hudson; Emily Blunt; Heidi Klum.

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Beauty Inc issue 02/12/2010

Kicking off the 2010 awards season, Hollywood’s hottest actresses hit the red carpet with modern hair and makeup styles that herald a new era of glamour.


This story first appeared in the February 12, 2010 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.


Easy, Breezy, A-List Beauty


Undone is the new done, with gently textured hair and glowy makeup replacing a heavy-handed approach.


With legs like Jennifer Aniston’s, who needs high-maintenance hair and makeup? Aniston and her sister stars, like Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, opted against the classic red-carpet beauty approach—to great effect. Softly tousled hair and radiant skin proved to be a beauty winner, statuette or no.


Next: Silver Streak >>

Silver Streak


From Paris to Hollywood, silver is the color du jour.

Silver dominated the spring haute couture collections in Paris, and it was equally as prevalent on the red carpet, providing stars a soft, shimmery sparkle that conveyed a luxe, low-key glamour.


Next: Texture + Volume = New >>

Texture + Volume = New


Texture and volume infused updos with a modern edge.


“I wanted a look that was glamorous but with an edge,” says stylist Robert Vetica of Marion Cotillard’s Golden Globes French twist. He wasn’t alone. Volume and texture modernized the classic updo, and made this once-old style seem young again.


Next: Side to Side >>

Side to Side


Whether long and flowing or tucked into a bun, asymmetric  hairstyles were de rigueur.


Center parts are so 2009. Side parts, side sweeps, side buns—hairstylists channeled their inner edge for a fresh take on glamour-girl waves and classic buns. Hairstylist Adir Abergel, who coiffed winner Sandra Bullock for the Golden Globes, took as his inspiration the marcelled waves of the Thirties, giving the actress a 21st-century bob with angled lines and an asymmetric flourish.


Next: Smoky Sensation >>

Smoky Sensation


Dark smoky eyes proved sex appeal is still alive and well in tinseltown.


Smoky eyes paired with a nude lip made for a high-impact, sexy statement—no matter your gender.


Next: Bright Idea >>


Bright Idea


Paired with an otherwise minimalist approach, the red lip was a red-carpet winner this year.


The red lip is no stranger to the red carpet. But actresses managed to keep the look fresh this year by pairing bright mouths with faces that looked as if they had been freshly scrubbed. The effect was more ingenue than screen siren, lending a youthful glow to redcarpet veterans and newbies alike.

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