How to Get Rooney Mara’s Red Lip, Emma Stone’s Cat-Eye, and Other Glam Oscar Looks

We asked the industry's top makeup artists and hair stylists to share how they would recreate the most memorable looks from the big night.

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Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, and Michelle Williams had some of Oscar night's best beauty looks.
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Oscar night oozes with unattainable glam, but thanks to the industry's top makeup and hair stylists, we've got the skinny on how to recreate the night's most noteworthy beauty and hair looks at home. THE RED LIP: Lori Taylor of Smashbox Cosmetics recreated Rooney Mara's classic Betty Page pucker by lining lips in a nude liner "to add definition, and build on the natural lip line." A swipe of Smashbox's Be Legendary lipstick in "Legendary" ($19 at, a super-saturated shade of scarlet, is guaranteed to make a statement.
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THE SMOKEY EYE: Natural beauty artist, Jessa Blades, recreated Penelope Cruz's seductive smokey eye with two coats of a grey shadow (Blades recommends Dr.Haruschka's classic gray palette, $44 at Amazon) and Zosmios' smudgey black liner ($16 at Blades Natural Beauty) applied all the way to the inside of the eye. To strengthen the line, dip an angled brush in black shadow and retrace. Curl lashes, and apply two coats of Colour Caramel Mascara (25 at Blades Natural Beauty) in black. Comb brows, and fill in with a shadow one shade lighter than your natural color.
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THE GLOW: Estee Lauder's Rick DiCecca says Michelle Williams' fresh, glowy look was "a perfect example of real beauty." To get the glow, massage a moisture-rich product like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex onto clean skin, sweeping from center of face toward hair line. In the same way, apply Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 ($35 at in shade 1 or 2 with the fingers. Pat eye cream mixed with Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer ($22 at under the eye, and set with loose powder on a fluffy brush. To get Williams' rosy glow, DiCecca recommends sweeping Pure Color Blush in "Peach Passion" ($28 at on the apples of the cheeks.
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THE CAT-EYE: To get Emma Stone's chic pink-accented cat-eye, lead FACE Stockholm artist, Helen Anderrsson, started with Magic Wand #1 eye concealer ($32 at, using fingers to blend. Prep lids with a makeup primer like Eyefix ($28 at—"a little goes a long way," Andersson advises—to make sure shadow stays in place. With a soft brush, apply Matte Eyeshadow in "Njutbar" ($20 at to lids, sweeping up to the brow bone. Stretch the eyelid taught and, using Precision Liner ($36 at, draw a perfect line close to the lashes. "One trick is to 'sketch' the line with a regular eye pencil first, to give you a guide line." Curl lashes and apply a coat of Lash Lift mascara. "If you want a little extra lash action ... apply a few of our individual lashes only on the outer corners of the eye."
STATEMENT SHADOW: John Stapleton of MAC Cosmetics wanted to do something "more modern" for Kelly Osbourne's Oscar look. To get her two-tone metallic lids, Stapleton used a combination of gold "Chrome Yellow" and "Blanc Type" shadows ($15 each at MAC locations), and defined the crease with a fine line of gray shadow in "Embark." Lids were rimmed with Fluidline liquid liner in "Blacktrack" ($15 at MAC locations) and Eye Kohl in "Smolder" along the lower lashes. A thick coat of Zoom Fast mascara added major volume, while MAC lashes lend extra oomph.
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THE LOW PONYTAIL: This season, Oscar hair was understated and elegant, like Gwyneth Paltrow's sophisticated low ponytail. Jenny Balding, senior stylist at Cutler Salon, recommends blowing hair smooth and straight using a flat brush before creating a deep side-part. Pull hair to the nape of the neck and gather into a low-ponytail. A fine mist of gloss like Redken's Shine Flash 02 (available at Cutler locations) gives the look a healthy shine. To finish, remove one piece of the ponytail and wrap it around to conceal the hair-tie "and create a cohesive look."
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THE HIGH PONYTAIL: Evidently, it was all about the ponytail on the red carpet. Ruben Colon of Sally Hershberger Salon suggests blowing out the hair and smoothing with the salon's own Keratin Fix treatment ($12.50 at Sally Hershberger). To lift roots and add texture, try a spritz of Shape Up spray (at Sally Hershberger retailers) and brush the hair upside down. Pull hair back into a looser ponytail with a bungee band that matches your hair color. Tease the crown "so it's a little lifted off the root," and wrap hair around the bungee band to hide the elastic. To finish, pull the ponytail to loosen, and spray with Major Body to tame any frizzies.
THE WAVE: Stacy Kiebler's elegant, side-swept waves felt grown-up and glamorous. BlowPro stylist Naeemah LaFond suggests using a round brush "to create a smooth blowout with body and movement." A deep side-part creates an Old Hollywood glamour, while a light application of BlowPro's Mane Tame pomade (at BlowPro locations) will smooth fly-aways and boost shine. Gather hair to one side and secure with bobby pins in the back. Set the look with AfterBlow Strong Hold Finishing Spray to keep the style soft and long-lasting.
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