As the sun came up after Sunday night’s 2022 Oscars festivities, it was already clear that it would be one of the most talked-about Academy Awards ceremonies in history. For the Oscar winners, attendees, and well-dressed “seat fillers” (Amy Schumer’s comedy burn directed at best supporting actress nominee Kirsten Dunst, to the audience’s delight), the drama extended beyond the stage. From ceremony to Vanity Fair party, the respective red carpets had their fill of eye candy by way of on-point beauty moments.
Ariana DeBose took home the night’s first award, winning best supporting actress for her role in West Side Story. To accompany her custom red Valentino ensemble (a Pretty Woman-esque silhouette seen in different iterations throughout the night on presenters Jennifer Garner and Rosie Perez), makeup artist Andrea Tiller kept DeBose’s beauty look “playful and classy,” just like its wearer, with feathery strip lashes to underscore the point. For Lancôme ambassador Lupita Nyong’o, makeup artist Nick Barose took inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss and foiled her lids in sparkling gold leaf. The actor’s expressions throughout the evening were impossible to miss, glinting and gorgeous in every frame.
Once the statues had been doled out, Last Night in Soho star Anya Taylor-Joy donned head-to-toe Dior—including a crimson lip and a sheer dress poached directly from this month’s Paris runway show— for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. There, the lights were dim, and the gaze on best actress nominee Kristen Stewart was fittingly sooty, an out-all-night makeup look made possible by one longwear Chanel eyeliner.
Here, a guide to the evening’s memorable beauty and the products to get the party started.
Kristen Stewart’s red carpet beauty codes have become so distinctive that her glam squad has started to use the best actress nominee as muse. Hairstylist Adir Abergel called the ’90s undone texture he created with Virtue products “the essence of Kristen Stewart,” while makeup artist Jillian Dempsey created “strength in the eyes” with a Chanel waterproof liner for that “signature Kristen Stewart look.” So signature, the Spencer star wore the same liner and swipe of nude Rouge Allure L’Extrait lipstick straight from the ceremony to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party—true to form.
Pop royalty has its perks. Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon—known as Lola, to friends—arrived at the Vanity Fair party in a silver corseted gown with fringe that could only be rivaled by her natural XXL lashes. To play up her copper-colored lengths (the color of the season), makeup artist Kennedy brought both eyes and lips into focus. Kennedy lightly sculpted her eye shape using Byredo’s Corporate Colours palette, then coated lips in the brand’s Damson Jam lipstick—“my personal favorite,” Kennedy says—for a neutral yet vibrant pop of glossy pigment.
After sitting front row at Dior’s Paris runway show earlier this month, Anya Taylor-Joy brought designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s black tulle gown straight to the Vanity Fair party. Behind a sheer birdcage veil, makeup artist Georgie Eisdell’s “strong and classic” beauty remained piercing. “It needed a toughness to it, so we went for a black smoky eye and bold red lip,” Eisdell notes, explaining how she built up lashes with Dior’s volumizing lash primer and gave lips a long-lasting liquid paint job in the house’s iconic 999 shade.
Inside the Dolby Theater, Lupita Nyong’o had one of the most-watched seats in the house (in the camera frame with Will Smith during the evening’s defining moment), and she maintained her infinite poise. Between the elevated beehive created by her longtime hairstylist Vernon François and her sparkling gold Prada gown, the best actress winner for 12 Years a Slave also emitted her usual supernatural glow. Drawing inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, makeup artist Nick Barose created a “painterly” eye using Lancôme’s Hypnôse 5-Color shadow palette in Reflet D’Amethyste, topped with a bit of real gold leaf. Barose finished the look with a coat of the Lancôme ambassador’s signature lipstick: L’Absolu Rouge in the shade Mademoiselle Lupita.
Together with cohosts Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, comedian and Life & Beth creator Amy Schumer managed to turn the notoriously thorny job of emceeing the Oscars into sheer delight for the audience in the theater and at home. Laughs aside, she also carried off a bombshell look, with blonde waves created by hairstylist Kimberly Gueldner using Better Not Younger products and a Clé de Peau Beauté glow. Makeup artist Mia Jones used “timeless elegance” as a theme for the luminous skin and fig-colored flush she created on Schumer—forever a winning combination.
As CODA electrified viewers with a moving sweep of all three of its categories, its rising star Emilia Jones stunned in earth-toned makeup and a metallic halter gown reminiscent of the evening’s award. To accompany the actor’s statuesque statement, makeup artist Misha Shahzada wanted to play up the shimmering tones in a way that didn’t overpower her or the look but enhanced the moment. The secret was a combination of Shiseido’s Aura Dew to highlight skin and brown pencil liner to create a balanced, neutral gaze.
Radiant in custom red Valentino, Ariana Debose took home the award for best supporting actress on behalf of West Side Story fans across the globe. After Takisha Sturdivant-Drew styled the actor’s short hair using GHD tools, makeup artist Andrea Tiller set about creating a light-hearted take on classic polish. She kept DeBose’s eyes “bold and confident with a smoky winged eyeliner”—courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury’s red carpet–tested collection—then layered strip lashes for a soft, voluminous fringe.
Arriving at the Vanity Fair party alongside Euphoria costar and boyfriend Dominic Fike, actor Hunter Schafer cast a spell in a hazy gray Rick Owens gown and a similarly sci-fi gaze. Against the piece-y wet-effect hairstyle created by Rena Calhoun, makeup artist Sandy Ganzer layered on Shiseido shadows and rain-proof mascara for a stormy eye inspired by the morning’s cloudy sky, as she told Vogue. Another reference point: Britney Spears in Y2K-era denim.
For Elton John’s Oscars viewing party and the Vanity Fair event, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel kept it simple in a mint Miu Miu gown. “We wanted a fresh, modern, pinky-nude look to bring out her natural beauty,” says makeup artist Beau Nelson. Using a complexion-forward approach, Nelson paired Chantecaille’s cult-favorite rose oil with sheer layers of Cheek Gelée to “create the most natural skin possible,” she says.
Ukrainian-born actor Mila Kunis has been in the spotlight of late for her fundraising work with husband Ashton Kutcher, which has surpassed $30 million in aid for her home country. Last night, the pair arrived at the Oscars arm in arm, Kunis wearing a one-shoulder gown in the evening’s guest-favorite blush tone. The makeup by artist Tracey Levy echoed that palette, with Kunis’s lips given a soft mauve sheen using a pencil and lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs.
Set against a lavender Versace gown and beachy waves, supermodel Winnie Harlow kept her beauty look clean and defined for the Vanity Fair party. Makeup artist Adam Burrell drew an extended cat eye and then dusted About-Face’s Fractal Glitter Dust in silvery pink across eyelids and cheekbones. For a sculpted and highlighted finish, he applied the brand’s Light Lock Powder to give a multidimensional kiss of bronze.
In jewel-tone Fendi couture, Naomi Scott served as presenter for the best animated feature award—appropriate for an actual Disney princess, given her role in the 2019 Aladdin remake. For the Oscars, the actor kept it regal with sun-kissed skin and natural brows. “To shade the face and add definition, I used the bareMinerals Endless Summer Bronzer on the cheekbones,” says makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan. “Naomi has naturally amazing brows,” she adds, and a clear swipe of serum-infused gel kept everything in place onstage and off.
Unorthodox star Shira Haas turned up to the Vanity Fair party in a liquidy black satin dress and glossed waves. The plan for the equally stripped-back makeup? “Skin that looks like skin,” says Tobi Henney, who used Ilia’s clean serum foundation to set the base before gently smoking out Haas’s gaze. The makeup artist doubled up on the line’s liquid powder tints in Mythic and Umber to “create more definition and depth to the eye look.”
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