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The Top Beauty Trends For an Academy Awards Party at Home

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Feb 27, 2021
The Top Beauty Trends For an Academy Awards Party at Home

Walk the red carpet from home with these celebrity makeup looks

Lights, camera, Zoom call! The 93rd Academy Awards are just a couple months away, and we’re already thinking about this iconic night of Hollywood glamour. The acceptance speeches, meme-able moments, and celebrity makeup looks that will inspire countless YouTube tutorials. Even if the peach lipstick and full-coverage foundation is covered by PPE masks at this year’s Oscars. Such a 2021 vibe. Sure, the Academy Awards will look a bit different than previous years, but it’s also an excuse to have an elegant Oscar’s party at home. You can join your friends over Zoom for winner predictions, good food, and your best celebrity makeup looks from the comfort of your living room. Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie have nothing on you, babe. As we prepare to ring in the Academy Awards from our couches, these are the top beauty trends and celebrity makeup looks that you need to try for your Oscars party!

Subtle eyes and red lips

Ruby Woo MAC
Source: MAC

Red lipstick will forever be a symbol of Hollywood glamour, and it looks even better when paired with subtle eyeshadow (or none at all!) to channel your inner French girl. The best French makeup looks put the focus on one feature - and your red lipstick will take center stage as you embrace this minimal makeup look. If you really want the red carpet treatment, try the Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo by MAC! This bombshell red with blue undertones is one of the best-selling lipsticks in the world, and has graced more magazine covers, talk shows, and red carpets than the celebrities who wear it. Everybody from Gwen Stefani and Margot Robbie to Rihanna has expressed their appreciation for Ruby Woo, showing just how versatile this red lipstick is on all skin tones, and you can recreate Margot’s celebrity makeup look at the 2020 Oscars with Ruby Woo and a light shade of orange eyeshadow. This beauty look is the best combination of movie star glam and Emily in Paris makeup that you didn’t even know you needed!

Gold makeup

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife by Fenty Beauty
Source: Fenty Beauty

Well, duh. Gold is the official color on Oscars night, as the biggest motion pictures of the year take center stage and prepare to take home that golden statue. The funny thing is, you’re already at home, and you join along in spirit with the best gold eyeshadows, highlighters, and even lipsticks to give you that golden glow for your celebrity makeup looks. When you hear the words “golden highlighter,” there’s a good chance that you already know the one we’re talking about. Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife by Fenty Beauty! This dazzling gold hue by one of our favorite Actor-founded beauty brands has been used on the biggest influencers in the community, and you’ll always feel like a winner as you embellish your cheeks, jawline, forehead and nose with this shiny gold powder. If you’re more of an eyeshadow type of person, no problem. Gold Eyeshadow palette by Natasha Denona has all the glimmering golds, bronzes, coppers and metallic masterpieces you need to take home the gold in more ways than one at your Academy Awards party. If you’re feeling really confident, you can even do both gold highlighter and eyeshadow at once! You’re always golden, babe… but you’ll be shining extra hard with your celebrity makeup looks this year.

Neutral eyeshadow

Soft Glam eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills
Source: Anastasia Beverly Hills

Timeless, classy, elegant and captivating…it’s a major vibe for the Academy Awards, and one that you can easily achieve with the best neutral eyeshadow palettes. Go sexy and sultry with your favorite neutral shades - including taupe, peach, copper and champagne that matches the glass you hold in your hand. Neutrals look beautiful on every skin tone, whether you choose to wear them alone or mix and match for a variety of “celebrity makeup meets beauty influencer” eyeshadow looks. You know the type we’re talking about… champagne cut crease, solid bronze shimmer, terracotta cut crease that’s the actual definition of “lit.” You can go from minimal makeup looks to extreme Hollywood glam in just a few swipes with these shades, and we’d recommend the Soft Glam eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills for your most A-list celebrity makeup looks.

Sheer foundation

Sublime Perfection by Pat McGrath Labs
Source: Pat McGrath Labs

Like nearly everything else, your face makeup routine for the Academy Awards party is going to be a bit different this year. If you were going to a friend’s outdoor party with tons of people and warm air that could possibly melt your face makeup, like you did last year, that may call for full coverage foundation. But this year is just you, maybe your boyfriend, and snacks as you watch the show from your couch… and all you need is a sheer, lightweight foundation that’s the definition of Skinimalism. This beauty trend is the best way to transition your makeup routine in 2021, opting for barely-there finishes that hide imperfections while enhancing your naturally glowing skin. And you can reach complexion perfection with the Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat McGrath Labs. This luxury makeup splurge creates the most glowy, lightweight, and sheer appearance for a “your skin but better” finish. It’s made with Diamond Core Powder to bring out your best glow, without the unnatural look that often comes with super high-coverage foundations. Basically, Sublime Perfection is an A-list approved beauty product (Violet Chachki’s beauty routine needs it!) that’s perfect for your Oscars couch selfie with your friends. Like Ellen Degenere’s star-studded shot at the Academy Awards in 2014!

Voluminous lashes

Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara by tarte
Source: tarte

Forget the falsies, you can give your lashes a voluminous boost and long-lasting curl with the best mascaras on MIRA. Seriously, we’re talking about butterfly kisses for the top celebrity makeup looks… and you can reach this level with the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara by tarte. The brand calls it a “push-up bra for your lashes,” powered by Skinvigorating nutrients to volumize, lengthen, curl and condition (4-in-1!) your lashes like your favorite celebrities. Enjoy 24 hours of wear with no sign of flakiness or smudging, and know that this mascara is keeping your lashes healthy and hydrated while locking in a curl. Lights, Camera, Lashes is formulated with Olive Esters to condition and protect, Rice Bran and Carnauba waxes to lengthen lashes and ensure smooth application, Mineral Pigments to soothe the skin, Vitamin C for protection against free radicals, and ProVitamin B5 to hydrate and help lashes retain moisture. Wait, you can take care of your lashes and look luxurious while watching Meryl Streep win her 10th Oscar? Believe it. 90% of MIRA guests say that Lights, Camera, Lashes is mega-curling, and it’s the ideal addition to your celebrity makeup looks on Oscars night.

Inner eye pop of color

Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream by NYX Professional Makeup
Source: NYX Professional Makeup

While this minimal makeup trick is a holy grail in the beauty community in 2021, the inner eye pop of color has been “a thing” for decades. Beyonce’s beauty routine consists of a pop of gold to make her brown eyes sparkle, as she told Elle in 2010. And Gwyneth Paltrow even wore a touch of silver in her inner eyes at the Academy Awards over two decades over in 1999! The inner corner shimmer is a trick commonly used by the biggest celebrity makeup artists in Hollywood, and for good reason. It makes your natural, everyday makeup looks that much better by giving you a refreshed and radiant look that tricks people into thinking you slept more than just a few hours. Even if you didn’t. And for the glam queens? You’ll get the most dreamy, doe-eyed effect that lets you incorporate color into your celebrity makeup looks with just a few dabs of your finger. This is the ultimate lazy girl hack to your makeup on Oscars night, and you’ll want to keep using it every year with the Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream by NYX Professional Makeup!

Pearl powders

Météorites Highlighting Powder Pearls by Guerlain
Source: Guerlain

Don’t mind us, we’re just clutching our pearls over the glowing skin you’ll get with the Météorites Highlighting Powder Pearls by Guerlain on Oscars night. Pearls are commonly worn as jewelry on the red carpet, but did you know that they’re a gorgeous highlighter too? These handcrafted pearls are formulated with illuminating powders that minimize imperfections and add brightness to the skin - thanks to exclusive Stardust Technology that “diffracts light upon contact to envelop the skin in a halo of light.” Only the most fancy beauty products for Oscars night! These illuminating pearls are the perfect mix of Hollywood glam and Skinimalism vibes for 2021, as the glow you’ll get is more subtle than that of a typical highlighter. It’s not the streak of mega-pigmented lavender or gold (more on that later!) that you’re used to seeing on Instagram, but a natural radiance that lets you look “lit-from-within” and totally ready for your close up on Oscars night. Embellish your skin in these pearl powders, and watch your celebrity makeup looks glow up before your eyes.

Yellow and gray eyeshadow

NARS Single Eyeshadow
Source: NARS

It may seem like a strange combination at first glance, but there’s a very good reason that Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow were chosen as the Pantone Colors of the Year in 2021. This elite honor is the basis of many beauty trends throughout the year, even at the Oscars, and we’ll let Pantone explain why. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity,” according to the website. “It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.” To say that the year 2020 was rough would be an understatement, and we need all these warm and sunny vibes as we transition our makeup routine in 2021. That’s why you should incorporate these two positive hues into your celebrity makeup looks for your Oscars party! Single Eyeshadow by NARS features 40+ ultra-pigmented and blendable hues - including yellow, gold, silver, and gunmetal - to incorporate the Pantone Colors of the Year in any way you like. Sunny days are ahead, and we’re not just talking about the Los Angeles heat on the day of the Oscars.

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