Dianna Agron and Angelina Jolie
Both actresses opted for bright-red lips and sultry lashes. The key to achieving the former? Exfoliation. Rouge lipstick can enhance the appearance of surface lines and flakes, so buffing your pout prior to application is a must. Before applying L’Oréal Infallible Le Rouge Lip Colour in Bold Bordeaux, Agron’s makeup artist, Monika Blunder, prepped the Glee star’s pucker with balm and sugar, then removed the mixture with a toothbrush. To ensure a natural, “more real appearance,” she used her finger to “push the lipstick into the lip.” When applying lipstick to the outer edges of the lip, however, she employed a brush for greater definition.
Charlize Theron and Emma Stone
The hairstylists for Theron and Stone worked with their natural waves to create whimsical side-chignons. “Her Cartier headband was one of a kind—with such an important piece of jewelry, we wanted to keep the hair understated yet modern and romantic,” says Moroccanoil coiffeur Enzo Angileri of Theron’s look. After spraying Moroccanoil Frizz Control on Theron’s damp hair, he blowdried it and used a curling iron to enhance her waves. With the headband in place, he pinned Theron’s hair into a textured side-roll.
“Placing a chignon off-center adds softness,” says Stone’s hairstylist, Mara Roszak, whose deconstructed side-bun offset Stone’s edgy pewter-and-plum eye makeup (Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Noir, Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir, and Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Precocious). To keep the asymmetrical ‘do in place, Roszak misted Biolage Freeze Fix Hairspray over the top.
Paula Patton and Freida Pinto
Patton and Pinto let their glowing skin and dazzling jewelry shine, thanks to romantic half-updos. “Her beautiful Chopard necklace dictated an off-the-shoulder style,” says Pinto’s hairstylist, Giannandrea. “I wanted her to look like a fable princess.” After giving Pinto a sleek blowout using a round brush, Giannandrea added lift at the crown by backcombing. Taking hair from the sides, he then created a miniature French twist in the back and pinned in place. For lightweight shine, he finished with L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray.
While Pinto’s half-updo served to show off her necklace, Patton’s put her Kwiat diamond earrings—and radiant complexion—front and center. ”Blushed cheeks played up the sunny yellow of her Monique Lhuillier gown,” says Patton’s makeup artist, CoverGirl guru Fiona Stiles. “We wanted to keep the look light and pretty.” After applying liquid foundation and pressed powder, Stiles brushed a cream blush onto the apples of Patton’s cheeks (CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry). To “brighten the face a bit more” and to ensure long-wearing color, Stiles set the cream with powder in a similar hue (CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink).
Kate Beckinsale and Nicole Richie
Party in the back! Beckinsale and Richie stole the spotlight with pumped-up hairstyles courtesy of Fekkai coiffeur Renato Campora and Suave Professionals hairstylist Jenny Cho, respectively. For Beckinsale’s updo, Campora started by coating damp strands with a mixture of Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel and Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream. After a rough blow-dry, he then used a 1 1/2-inch curling iron to fashion loose curls. Next, he divided Beckinsale’s hair into three sections—low pigtails on the side and a high ponytail down the center—and secured with clear rubberbands. Finally, he wove the sections together into a high bun and pinned in place.
Richie’s pouf was achieved with the help of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. Cho sprayed it into Richie’s roots at the crown. After brushing the product through, she teased the hair in this middle area and set aside. Next, she pulled the hair at the back of Richie’s head into a ponytail; parting the remaining front section of hair in the middle, she pulled each half past the ear on either side and wrapped around the ponytail’s base, using bobby pins to hold. To finish, she brushed the teased portion over the pony and smoothed into place.
Mila Kunis and Rooney Mara
Kunis and Mara each paired a side-parted, high-shine updo with a floor-grazing black gown. The result: A look that was equal parts simple and sophisticated. The secret to snagging their sleek, high-lacquered hair? According to Roszak, Kunis’ hairstylist, the first step is using a smoothing cream and/or oil on wet hair (she recommends L’Oréal EverStyle Smooth & Shine Crème and Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment). “Mila already has healthy, amazing hair but taking this step definitely helps,” says Roszak. After blow-drying Kunis’ hair and styling into a low braided chignon, she sealed in shine with L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray.