Top Celebrity Beauty Secrets of the 2023 Oscars
Mar 14, 2023
From Michelle Yeoh’s romantic waves to Nicole Kidman’s nude lips, celebrity beauty experts reveal the inspiration and products behind the showstopping looks they created for Hollywood’s biggest night.
Silver screen stars shone bright at the 95th annual Academy Awards. Actors and creators in the film community gathered to celebrate artistic talents, dreams fulfilled, and tenaciously hard work.
Diversity, inclusion, human rights, and ancestry were honored. Optimism and goodwill prevailed. And history was made.
The mood was energetic, the looks were ultra glamorous. Oscar fashion sparkled in a regalia of bridal-inspired whites, metallics, jewel tones, and opulent black. While makeup and hairstyles flattered natural beauty and dramatic elegance.
Celebrities donned an abundance of beauty trends worthy of replicating. Keep scrolling for endless inspo and the actual products that helped deliver these head turning looks…
From sumptuous updos and crop cuts to chic down dos with soft side or straight center parts, Oscar night’s hairstyles were shiny and sleek.
As the first Asian woman to be nominated and win the Best Actress category, Michelle Yeoh was angelic in pure allure, romantic waves, and a glittery hair ornament by celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak.
“I was inspired by Michelle’s stunning ethereal dress by Dior. I wanted to create something classic that had a beautiful ease and a full foundation with volume that would last,” says Rozak.
Rozak also crafted Sofia Carson’s smooth chignon and Zoë Saldaña's luxurious locks.
Sculptural styles were artful on Danai Gurira, Halle Bailey, Florence Pugh, Ashley Graham, and Winnie Harlow. It was short and sweet for Jamie Lee Curtis who accepted her first Oscar nomination and win with a platinum pixie and radiant glow.
Eight time nominee and two time Academy Award winner, Cate Blanchett, was coiffed by master hairstylist Robert Vetica using Better Not Younger products. Cate graced the evening with “an effortless chic textured updo,” says Vetica. Her subtle eye makeup and flawless complexion complemented a Louis Vuitton dress and her iconic panache.
For Dove Cameron’s tousled updo, celebrity hair stylist Jacob Rozenberg used Balmain Hair Couture’s 14K Gold Plated Styling Comb, Volume Mousse Strong, Professional Ceramic Round Brush 33mm, Detangling Spa Brush, Session Spray Medium, and Session Spray Strong.
“Dove’s been doing a lot of cool-girl, edgy stuff with her recent music and she wanted to switch things up and go with a messy French twist,” says Rozenberg.
Salma Hayek’s ebony strands were styled by Jennifer Yepez in “a cool rock and roll vibe” with Verb products and Bellami extensions.
Celebrity hairstylist Brian Fisher prepped Stephanie Hsu’s darling do with FEKKAI. “Stephanie, the styling team, makeup artist, and I collaborated on expressing the idea of “Reclaiming the Hollywood starlet,” says Fisher. “We loved the idea of a healthy modern wave still feeling old Hollywood. As the dress is so formal, we loved the idea of the ease and youthful energy of hair down.”
Sami Knight also used FEKKAI for Jennifer Coolidge's dynamic volume. “For Jen’s look, I created that va-va-voom style that she’s known for, a modern-day Bardot,” says Knight.
Bailey Bass is a model for hair diversity. Her cascading curls were coiffed by Cassandra Normil with Curlsmith haircare products. ”I wanted classic style with the French roll and made it edgy by giving it a wet look,” says Normil. “Bailey’s curls are her staple look and it’s very important for us to bring natural textures to modern day red carpets while also paying homage to old Hollywood.”
And Lily James’ tresses were fashioned by Halley Brisker in “sharp glamour” with celebrity hair stylist and at home favorite, OLAPLEX.
Vibrant eyes were enhanced by smokey hues and champagne-colored sparklers. Spirited metallics gleamed and rose gold was a hit…queue Emily Blunt and her gilded co-presenter.
Last year’s winner for Best Supporting Actress, Ariana DeBose, the first openly queer woman of color to win an Oscar, looked splendid in silvery eyes that matched her Versace dress.
Eva Longoria, always a voluptuous vision, wore Zuhair Murad with statement eyeshadow and eyebrows.
Cara Delevingne—en vogue with bold brows, berry pink makeup highlights, and a ravishing Elie Saab gown—was extra luminous thanks to a LYMA pre-show facial treatment from Joanna Czech that brightened and rejuvenated her skin’s appearance.
Full lashes fluttered around the Dolby Theater. Michelle Yeoh’s refined cat eye had volume and sophistication shaped by celebrity makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani and Lashify. Lady Gaga’s pre-performance peepers were accentuated with a variety of Lashify Gossamers. “I chose Lashify for the most killer, custom lash look,” says Gaga’s makeup artist Sarah Tanno.
Other “red” carpet Lashify wearers: Julia Garner, Kate Hudson, Sabrina Impacciatore, Christina Hendricks, and Oscar pre-show host Vanessa Hudgens who was glammed by celebrity makeup artist Tonya Brewer.
“For Vanessa’s look we wanted to keep the makeup chic and timeless to complement her Chanel dress,” says Brewer. “We chose to do a super full, fluffy lash with Lashify Starburst SB Gossamers to give a real lash moment without looking too heavy.”
Scarlet lips were scintillating and abundant. Michelle Williams wore Chanel’s Allure Velvet Luminous Matt Lip Colour; Jessica Chastain impressed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red. Kerry Condon donned a deluxe crimson color and captivating smile. And Rhianna represented her brand by puckering up with Fenty Icon Semi-Matte Refillable Lipstick in Grill Mast’r.
Female education activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and executive producer of Stranger at the Gate (nominated for Best Documentary Short Film), Malala Yousafzai, added a pop of color to her sleek silver sequined Ralph Lauren gown with a bold red lip.
Yousafzai’s remarkably glowing visage was thanks to Film Facialist, Skin Engineer and creator of the Crowning Glowry™ treatment, Adeela Crown. Crown swept into Los Angeles with La Prairie and treated clients to her legendary radiance-inducing “Skin Dance” technique (akin to cardio for the face and neck) from a lavish Penthouse Suite at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.
Glossy lips were lustrous on many movie mavens. And more naturally nude kissers were seen on Nicole Kidman (magnificent in Armani Privé) and charismatic co-presenters Janelle Monáe and Kate Hudson.
Plus, pretty in rouge pink puckers deserve applause on Best Supporting Actress nominee Angela Bassett (regal in Moschino), Academy Award winner and one of the evening’s best dressed Jennifer Connelly (in Louis Vuitton), Cuban-Spanish sensation Ana de Armas (also in Louis Vuitton), and divinely dressed Allison Williams (in Giambattista Valli)
Rhianna rocked her first Oscar nomination with shimmering eyes and fashionable hair, both up (bedecking the carpet) and down (while performing). The songstress enchanted while singing “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” … reminding us that “we need love.”
Lady Gaga, who transformed from striking eyeshadow and satiny red lips to a refreshing no makeup face on stage, gave a brave speech and remarkable performance of “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick.” Gaga’s words of wisdom always strike a chord: “Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside,” she says.
Halle Berry’s look was styled by celebrity makeup artist Jorge Monroy and prepped by CurrentBody.
“We’re not messing around on Oscar night, so the first thing we’re doing for Halle’s skin prep is using CurrentBody Skin LED Face Mask,” says Monroy. “It helps target acne, pigmentation, and blemishes. It also only takes 10 minutes to use, so it’s quick and efficient! It’s the perfect device to create a smooth canvas for the red carpet.”
Lauren Ridloff’s golden presence (she is also a CurrentBody fan) was primed by celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose.
A standing ovation for every artist who enlightens and connects our world through their talent, optimism, and determination.
Let’s hold onto these wondrous quotes from this year’s Academy Award winners:
“There is greatness is every single person, it doesn’t matter who they are. If you have a genius that it waiting to erupt, you just need to find the right people to unlock that.”
- Daniel Kwan, Co-writer/Director of Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, Everything, Everywhere All At Once
“Ladies, don’t let anyone tell you that you are past your prime. Never.”
Michelle Yeoh, Academy Award Winner for Best Actress, Everything, Everywhere All At Once
Danica is a writer, editor, optimist, and content creator. She pens about experiences that inspire a life well-lived—beauty, travel, wellness, nature, art, positive vibes. Currently based in Southern California, her work has been published in COAST, Get Out There, and Utah Style and Design magazines, Orange County Register, KÜHL, and more. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” - Coco Chanel