The 81st Annual Academy Awards: Best Hair & Make-Up

By Lynnie | February 24 2009 | 37 Comments


There was lots of discussion on yesterday’s Blather about the sartorial merits of this year’s Oscar frocks, but what did y’all think of the hair and make-up? I was glued to the show last night, and not just to ogle Hugh Jackman. Honest. The usual safe subtle smokey eyes and nude lips were out in force, of course, but there were a couple of stars rocking Something A Bit Different. Thank God.

* Jennifer Aniston wore her hair down and a bit tousled, and managed to look simple and relaxed yet elegant and glamorous, with the braid at the front adding interest. Far more, well, interesting than those bog standard half-up-half-down dos (sorry Angelina.)

* Tilda Swinton gets beauty kudos for showcasing the New Red Lip that xgirl posted about yesterday. And no, I don’t know what the feck she was wearing either.

* Penelope Cruz channeled her inner gamine and immediately put me in mind of one A. Hepburn with her chunky fringe, paired with shimmering metallic bronze eyes and a sophis up-do.

* Reese Witherspoon matched her eyeshadow to her gúna and went for navy, which was actually gorgeous rather than looking too matchy matchy.

* Alicia Keys, meanwhile, was bang on trend with her pink eyeshadow, defined with lashings of heavy black winged liner.

Those were just a few of the slebs who stood out for me, though – so whose look did you love… or hate?

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37 Replies to "The 81st Annual Academy Awards: Best Hair & Make-Up"

  • ena says:

    thought jennifer’s hair was a wee bit too dishevelled (sp?) or ‘surf gal’ lookin’ for her age.

    lovely and bronzed looking, and a gorgeous figure.

    think that Tilda girl needs some definition around her eyes…

  • xgirl says:

    I loved Jen A’s hair and Penelope’s makeup. I didn’t think Reese looked great, though it pains me to admit it as she is my idol usually :)

    Tilda Swinton is a mad one, but you have love her attitude!

  • ShellBelle says:

    Have to agree, Jen A and Penelope had the nicest makeup. I love Penelope’s smoky eyes!

  • M says:

    im really sorry to be so mean but I can’t even look at Tilda Swinton…there is just something about her?!!

  • Ruth says:

    I love Jens hair..she just least Tilda Swinton put some makeup on this year..any one remeber the pasty slap free face from last year..*shudder*.. Penelope looked great, but she rarely ever gets it wrong anyway…thought marion cotillard looked so sophisticated too…

  • elly parker says:

    You gals really should do the same thing for the Blog Awards next year!

  • lucyloo says:

    thought jen A had the best hair and make-up hands down and also really liked Kate Winslets vintage-y looking hair and fabulous (if a bit understated) make-up. halle berry also looked amazing the woman just glows!!!

  • Aphrodite says:

    Elly – good idea
    You’d win for best hair!

  • Townygirl says:

    i thought goldie hawn looked a bit blonder. her hair and skin and dress were all the same colour…saying that i wouldn’t mind looking like her at that age.

    i loved jennifer anistons clobber.

    does anyone else think angeline jolie is playing mrs safe from the town of safe?

    tilda swinton gives me the utter creeps, shiver

  • lucyloo says:

    yeah towny im fed up of her really – in every pic its (almost) same hair, expression, make-up, dress (well style anyway). the only thing i liked about her at the oscars was her AMAZING emerald jewels….so fab

  • ShellBelle says:

    Totally agree re Ange. I think herself and Brad are desperately trying to keep themselves off the ‘sleb radar for some reason

  • Lin says:

    I think Angelina looked amazing- she’s a stunner so she doesn’t need to bling herself up too much..I know she robbed Jen’s man, but I still think her look was fab!

  • tina says:

    I think Angelina is gorgeous, whatever she wears and the style she wears these days suits her. Nothing wrong with a simple black dress, is there? In a way, it’s nice to see someone not trying so hard and being happy just being herself.

  • Lin says:

    I’d be happy being myself too if I was Angelina Jolie, haha!!

  • sweetie says:

    Lin & tina, I’m with you :) Angelina is just fab!! And with such a stunning features I don’t really see a need for extravagant dresses / hair / makeup – she looks gorge in a Tshirt and jeans. That said, Jen looked lovely and fresh – it’s hard to believe she’s 40. I also loved Frieda Pinto’s look – girl can do no wrong, it seems, especially for a newcomer.

  • Townygirl says:

    true, whatever angelina wears she looks beautiful, but she used to wear such amazing clothes. i really liked her jewelry too.

  • Tee hee says:

    i LOVED jenifer aniston’s hair! she looked absolutely gorgeous, really young and glowy.
    and as it said on the E News fashion police report, angelina looked like an evil queen from a disney movie. shes sooooooo boring! did love her jewelry tho…
    really didnt like reese’s eyeshadow! i think it made her look all washed out and pasty!
    penelope was gorgeous as always

  • Dobby says:

    Loved Marion Cotillard. She looked gorgeous. And Nathalie Portman, she is just sooooo beautiful.
    Angelina = boring. She just annoys me in general though, you’re not the only one to have 6 kids. And most other people do it without being millionaires or with any nannies etc!

  • lucyloo says:

    LOL TeeHee disney villain!!! i wouldnt have said that myself and im not denying that she IS a stunning lady but SHEESH woman take advantage of the fact that you could wear ANYTHING and look amazing!!!!

  • cj says:

    Alicia Keyes is so FAKE looking–enough of the plastic surgery already! She is actually starting to look like Michael Jackson, god help her.

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