Oscars glam

Irina Shayk Oscars 2019Source: Steve Granitz/WireImage

The Oscars confirmed that 2019 is, undoubtedly, the year of natural makeup. Where we’d typically expect to see some of the most glam looks of the year, A-listers opted out; ditching the classic Hollywood vibe, trading it for a more understated look. Legit, we scoured the red carpet to find some makeup drama, and only J-Lo indulged us with a subtle smokey eye! Even Lady Gaga, aka one of the most theatrical, unpredictable women on the planet, kept it simple with a hint of silver eyeshadow and a nude lip.

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So, what did we learn from the 2019 Oscars beauty looks? That the no makeup-makeup, natural beauty look isn’t a passing trend: it’s the ultimate look for every occasion, and we’re high key here for it. Here’s some major #OscarsBeauty inspo and the three key rules to nailing the look.

3 Essential Makeup Rules For Natural Makeup

Rule 1: Perfect your complexion

The key to slaying the no makeup-makeup look is a flawless yet natural-looking complexion. Prep is key, so use a hydrating, glow-giving primer like the Physicians Formula Spotlight Primer, $16, which blurs pores and adds insane luminosity. Follow with a full-coverage foundation (find our fave full-coverage foundations here), but be sure to apply it using a damp makeup sponge for a dewy airbrushed finish. Add definition by lightly contouring the cheekbones with a little bronzer: Irina’s makeup artist Tatyana Makarova used the Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan, $49, to enhance the supermodel’s killer cheekbones. Add color by sweeping a pink-toned blusher along the apples of the cheek where you’d naturally flush.

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To finish, dab a little cream highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones to give your skin a soft glow. To lock your look in place, set your base with powder by targeting the T-zone, as this is where your skin tends to get oily. Lady Gaga and Irina both used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder, $32 (available in April), although the RCMA No Color Powder, $12, is a great, more affordable option.

Rule 2: Keep the eyes natural

When it comes to your brows, don’t overdo it! Swap a 3D Insta-brow for defined yet soft arches that flatter the dimensions of your face. To fill in the brows, use a powder for a subtler finish – if you don’t have a brow powder, use eyeshadow and a flat angled brush. Or, to make your brows appear more naturally full, use a brow brush like the Dior Diorshow Bold Brow, $27. Finish by coating your lashes with mascara but don’t pile it on – it’s understated glam!

Rule 3: Enhance the lips

To finish your look and accentuate your lips, use a nude or rose-tinted lip cream or gloss. We’re obsessed with subtle berry tones right now: they work perfectly for this look and complement flushed cheeks, creating a perfect harmony. For Irina’s voluptuous pout, MUA Tatyana opted for a glossy nude lip: she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Mocha Choco-Lata, $28.

Make it more daring!

While we love the natural look, let’s be real, we love a little drama for an occasion, which clearly, so did a lot of the A-list.

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Charlize Theron adds a modern twist to the classic red lip with the tangerine shade, and we’re majorly crushing on Adriana’s bold 80s hue.

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Of course, the easiest way to take your look from super natural to glam is to add a sexy wing – it’s a classic for a reason, and these celebs proved it. Make sure you choose the right wing to flatter your eye shape!

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What did you guys think of the natural makeup look on the Oscars red carpet this year? We’re not gonna lie, we were hoping for a little more creativity!