Oscars 2019: Best Beauty

As the red carpet began, I anxiously awaited some of my favorite actresses to see what they would bring to the red carpet, beauty-wise. The past several years I had not seen any of the nominated performances. This year, however, I managed to see quite a few of them, so, I was actually invested in who wins this…and not just what their hair and makeup look like. That said, I was still crossing my fingers for some major beauty moments to report.

Did that happen? Sort of. There were no crazy, bold strokes, no smoky eyes, no jewel-toned eyeshadow. Instead, the look of the night was natural beauty with natural, nude, tone-on-tone makeup. But that didn’t mean it was boring. Taking the same color and using it in different finishes and intensities to create a subtle and ethereal beauty means we have a red carpet trend we can’t wait to actually try in real life.


Linda Cardellini

The high bun with loose tendrils around the face made the dress feel elegant without trying too hard. Her bright pink lipstick was a perfect pop of color to hold up to the magnificence of the dress and her bold brow allowed the rest of her makeup to be a subtle compliment.
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Kacey Musgraves

Channeling Audrey Hepburn, Kacey’s strong brow, fluttery lashes, and nude lip allow the dress to take center stage. I love the ethereal light that the inner eye highlighter emits. A center part on her pulled back hair gave polish and structure which was a nice counter to the frilliness of the dress.
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Gemma Chan

Her winged eyeliner created a moment of drama. The rest of her makeup was monochromatic tones of pink that complemented rather than competed with the larger-than-life dress.
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Lucy Boynton

Still unsure about the dress, but her hair and makeup are insanely gorgeous. The Princess Caroline wave and tuck behind the ear is old Hollywood glam. Her makeup is tone-on-tone.  Eyes, lips, and cheeks are all the same color in varying intensities and matte and shine finishes. She never disappoints when it comes to her makeup.
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Helen Mirren & Jason Momoa

On her, the bright pop of pink on her lip was a great foil for her fabulous silvery white hair.

On him, I love the pink velvet tux and the matching scrunchie for when his luscious curls need to be pulled back for the after party. He didn’t just bring a plastic band! Love that.

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Glenn Close

Subtle, pink makeup paired with a loose wave in the hair was simply gorgeous next to her gold gown.
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Melissa McCarthy

The nude makeup with a slightly smoky eye really allowed her natural beauty to shine through.
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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


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Alexandria, VA 22314


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