Lucy Boynton at the 91st Academy Awards
Created by celebrity makeup artist, Jo Baker, the focus of Boynton’s look was her complexion, and the accents of pink on her lids, cheeks and lips were then applied to complement her skin. “I wanted to focus on glowing skin, to add colour without adding too much,” explains Baker. She used a sheer layer of foundation to even out Boyton’s skin tone before layering on a concealer to neutralise areas that showed signs of redness. Then, she dusted on an illuminating finishing powder, which Baker refers to as “a powder that isn’t too powdery, with sparkle that doesn’t sparkle too much”.
Pink Eye Shadow
When it comes to making pink eyeshadows pretty yet still elegant and professional, less is always more. According to Baker, “Pink eyeshadows can read very heavy, but blush is a perfect way to play around with pinks on the eyes”. So if it’s your first time experimenting with pink eyeshadows, create a soft look with a blusher instead. For Boynton’s look, Baker created a base with Chantecaille’s Philanthropy Cheek Shade in Bliss, for a sheer wash of colour.
Then, she tapped on a shimmering rose peach and iridescent lilac pink shade from the Chantecaille Polar Ice Eye Palette, $163, to give dimension to the lids.
She followed with Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade in Sole, extending it onto the lower lash line for a subtle definition
Gemma Chan at the 91st Academy Awards
If you prefer understated looks, take your cue from Crazy Rich Asians star, Gemma Chan. Arriving at the Oscars in a jaw-dropping Valentino Haute Couture frock, the British actress kept it simple when it came to her hair and makeup. Working with makeup artist to the stars, Monika Blunder, she wore Clé de Peau Beauté makeup to the Oscars, sticking to a mauve-pink palette for her lids, cheeks and lips, with an unexpected emerald green liner.
Next, apply a mauve shade from your lash lines, extending to the creases. We like Clé De Peau Beauté Cream Blush in Cranberry, $65, for buildable and blendable formula. If you’d like to intensify the effect, add more product at the crease to give the illusion of deeper set eyes.
Fall in line
Then, line your upper lids with a Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Liquid Eyeliner, $77, which has an ultra-fine tip for ultimate precision. As your extend the flick towards the outer corners of the eyes, gradually angle it upwards to lift droopy lids.
Define those peepers
And for the finishing touch, wet your eyeshadow brush and apply the deep emerald shade from Clé De Peau Beauté Eye Color Duo in 103 Harmony, $95, over the upper and lower lash lines to further accentuate your eyes. And don’t forget multiple coats of Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara in Black, $73, for long, flutter lashes.
To create this minimal, wide-eyed look, it’s important to ensure you have all your basics completed. Start with smoothing a thin layer of Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer, $40. And if you have obvious discolouration on your lids, consider using a concealer to even out skin tone.
Draw the line
Next, apply a Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra Skinny Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, $34, on the upper lash line, sticking as close to your lash line as possible for a subtle definition.
Then, in a zig-zag motion, apply Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $44, and repeat until you achieve the volume you’re happy with. Just remember to wait for each coat to dry for about a minute or so before repeating to minimise clumping.