Academy Awards Hit and Misses
MODERN editors, Facebook fans and readers were busy analyzing red-carpet
styles on Oscar night in late February. As usual, there was lots of
glam and a few major standouts. Here are a few of the Oscar hits and
misses. And for next yearâs red carpet, we want to know what itâs going
to take for reporters to start asking the stars, âWho did your hair?â
Anneâs Big Night
From dresses to tresses, Anne Hathaway switched it up every time she presented with co-host James Franco at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. From her initial red carpet loose bun, to a high ponytail to a wavy style, every look captured the feel of true Oscar Hollywood glamour. Between seven different styles, celebrity stylist Adir Abergel was kept very busy that night transforming her hair between presentations. Hereâs the inspiration and the steps behind two of the looks.
INSPIRATION: A sleek, yet flirty 1960s high ponytail to add a feminine feel to her Lanvin tux.
1. Backcomb the perimeter of the hairline; lock in the style with hair spray.
2. Next, pull hair into a ponytail at the crown and secure with an elastic band.
3. Use the FHI Heat Kore 1-inch Curling Iron at the ends to create movement and bounce.
4. For added shine, apply a gloss product.
5. Finish the look by wrapping a piece of hair (from underneath) around the base creating a sleek style.
Bun and Braid
INSPIRATION: The modern Grace Kellyâa high bun with a gorgeous thick braidâbeautiful and refined.
1. Start by creating a ponytail at the crown and secure.
2. Next, twist the hair into a high bun and pin in place.
3. Apply straightening balm; then use the FHI Heat EPS 1-inch flatiron to get the hair extremely smooth.
4. Braid the hair.
5. Finish by wrapping the braided hair around the bun, pin in place and mist with spray to hold.
Red Lips for the Red Carpet
According to David Maderich, MODERNâs make-up artist and blog contributor, it was all about classic beauty at the 2011 Oscars. Red lips, arched eyebrows and lined eyes took center stage. Here are some of his observations from the big night:
âSandra Bullock was class personified as she entered the Kodak Theater in a classic updo, defined browsâand of course, red lips. She added rosy cheeks to make the look her own. Definitely one of my favorite faces of the evening.â
âI usually donât recommend red lips on darked-skinned women, but newly thin Jennifer Hudson proved me wrong. She rocked a red gown and matching red lips. Bravo for teaching an old dog like me a new trick, Miss Dream Girl.â
âMy âworst look of the nightâ award goes to Sharon Stone. Way too much eyeliner paired with red lips and a hideous beehive made her a âdefinite donât.â Sharon will always be a star in my book, but this year she did not shine.â
Facebookers Tell All!
Each year celebrities show up to the Oscars dressed to the hilt in designer gowns, accompanied by either a glamorous (or hideous) hair style. To find out what MODERN readers proclaimed as the best and worst, we held a live chat on facebook.com/modernsalon the night of the Oscars to see who sparked your fancy (and who didnât).
Several of MODERNâS readers declared MILA KUNIS, who presented an award, as the overall best look of the night. From her lacy lavender dress to her polished hair and make-up, everything about her look was enchanting. Hereâs what you had to say:
Lil Miss Couture Childrenâs Boutique âVery chic from head to toeâlove the color of her dress!â
Keylee Lederer âLovvveee it! Stunnning.â
Maria T Esparolini âAmazing dress and the color was so soft and beautiful. Like her whole look, it flowed.â
REESE WITHERSPOONâs retro high ponytail drew comparisons to I Dream of Jeannie and Barbie, but MODERN readers were split on whether that was a good thing or not.
Christina Holt âShe looks like a Barbie Doll from the â60s with the hair and dress â¦ I think I like it (not too sure). Her make-up looks pretty though!â
Mary Dirks âI love it! She looks like Barbie!
Andrea Harrison âYeah, I canât decide if itâs hot ... or not.â
Plenty of MODERNâS readers also gave the nod to Oscar-winner NATALIE PORTMANâs look, as she glowed in her plum dress and simple side swept âdoâand they particularly loved her acceptance speech!
Bradley C Dixon âIt was nice to hear Natalie Portman thank her hairdresser last night. For the life of me I canât understand why hair or who did it is not recognized â¦ as we all know beauty starts at the top!â
AMY ADAMSâ blue sequined dress made the grade, but her hair, make-up and/or jewelry ruined the final effect. According to MODERN Facebook fans:
Will Turpin âThe hair does not work with this dress. The necklace should have been left out.â
Jill Andrea Thomason âLove the hair, love the dress, but the necklace looks out of place.â
Sandy LeClear âI thought she looked shabby, bad eye shadow too.â
Want to relive the chat that went on Oscarsâ night? Visit facebook.com/modernsalon.