Let's Pretend I'm Going To The Oscars

Suspend your disbelief and help me choose a red-carpet look.
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Suspend your disbelief and help me choose a red-carpet look.

I forget if I already mentioned this to you guys, but I’m going to the Oscars on Sunday. It was kind of a last-minute thing. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so I won’t say what I was nominated for, but let’s just say that Lupita and Cate should be VERY nervous right now. Yes, I was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

As you can imagine, I’m very busy getting ready to look my best. I have three different gowns picked out, and my stylist and I put together a different look to go with each dress. Since you guys have been so helpful and supportive in the past, I knew I couldn’t dream of going to the Oscars without getting your advice. I’m hoping you can help me pick which look to go with on Sunday.

First of all, this is what we’re working with when I wake up first thing in the morning.

I won’t make another “I woke up like this” joke.

I won’t make another “I woke up like this” joke.

Yeah. That’s some epic bed head.

Besides a hairbrush, obviously, the base of each makeup look consists of foundation, concealer and mascara. My makeup artist and I agreed to use drugstore products only, as a way to show my fans that I really am still just like them. Just because I suddenly became rich and famous doesn’t mean I can’t use up the rest of my Maybelline concealer.

We applied L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Ivory using an e.l.f. Foundation Brush, and then covered any spots and dark circles with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. After curling my eyelashes, we applied a coat of Cover Girl LashBlast Volume (waterproof, of course, for my tear-jerking speech).

I could have added a peach lipstick and stopped there for a “natural” look, but I figured the Oscars are a time to go big or go home if there ever was one. 

Look 1: The Red Lip

This one is a classic: a vibrant red lip combined with a white dress and minimal hair and makeup. I was inspired by Rihanna’s 2012 MTV VMA look--an oldie but a goodie.

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I had the hardest time deciding which of my red lipsticks to use. I have so many red lipsticks that I collected from the drugstore before I made it big (I only wear Tom Ford lipstick now, of course). 

In the end I went with Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss for Rimmel in Kiss of Life, but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so I layered Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout on top of it. This shade of red makes my teeth look really white, which is ideal for being on camera.


I kept my hair simple. I straightened it and swept my bangs off my forehead, and that’s it.


I’ll probably add a bit of eyeliner and maybe some false lashes on the big day if I go with this look.

Look 2: The Green Cat Eye

This look is a bit more daring. For some reason, you rarely see cat-eye makeup on the red carpet, let alone in a shade other than black. However, my stylist thought green eye makeup would go great with my designer ear cuff, so we went for it.

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We lined my eyes with Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner and then traced the outline of a cat eye. 

Then we filled in the cat eye with a dark green shade from my e.l.f. eyeshadow palette, blending it into a lighter green as we got to the inner corners of my eyes.


For my hair for this look, we swept it back into a tousled pompadour and sprayed it with hairspray for some hold. It’s kind of a messy, rocker look, especially when paired with the dark eye makeup.


Look 3: The Smoky Eye & Nude Lip

This makeup look is a red carpet staple, so of course I had to include it. It hasn’t been my favorite look in the past. Still, I think it went well with my red gown. I’m definitely more of a red lipstick kind of girl, but it would have been hard to find a red lipstick that would go with this dress instead of clashing with it (especially since colors can look very different in pictures and video compared to real life).

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For the smoky eyes, we broke out the e.l.f. eyeshadow palette again and stuck to blacks and dark grays, with a bit of white in the inner corners of my eyes. We blended the shadow just a bit above the crease, and lined my eyes again with the Rimmel ScandalEyes.


For the nude lips, I decided to give my Revlon Matte Balm in Complex one more try. This time, I layered a bit of concealer under it to cancel out my natural lip tone, and that made it work a lot better.

For my hair, I took notes from other short-haired celebrities like Carey Mulligan and Michelle Williams and stuck a glitzy headband on it. Big impact with minimal effort--my favorite.


Which look is your favorite? I’m going to let you guys choose because I trust you completely. I also need advice on my nails: Do I do Riri talons or adorable, high-concept nail art like Zooey? So many decisions, so little time. Make sure you tune in on Sunday to see my big win; obviously, I’m going to thank the xoVain readers in my acceptance speech.