This year’s Oscars was considered to be special. For the first time in history, producers gave the show a theme- focusing on music in film and honoring musicals. In an effort to keep the show sounding “youthful,” they also refrained from calling the show “The 85th Annual Academy Awards,” sticking instead with simply “The Oscars.”
And while the gowns and tuxes worn by the stars on the red carpet will be analyzed over and over again by TV shows and magazines everywhere, not so much attention is paid to the hairstyles and makeup worn by the celebrities. And the hair and makeup trends are considered by many to be just as- or more- important, and even more telling of real-life trends to come.
Possibly the most popular hairstyle at this year’s Oscars was the retro-style, glamorous waves reminiscent of Lana Turner and other 40s-era beauties. Reese Witherspoon’s hair was perfectly coiffed into shiny, loose waves worn to one side. Jessica Chastain’s red locks were also curled and kept super-glam.
On the flip side of that is the stick-straight hair worn by the likes of Sandra Bullock, who let her dress do the talking by keeping her hairstyle simple. It was straight and shiny, parted to one side with a large, diamond-encrusted accessory over one ear.
Every aspect of Charlize Theron’s look was gorgeous- from her geometric-cut white gown to her short hairstyle. Though she cut her hair a while back for a film role, Theron has kept it very short and has lightened it to blonde. It’s not an easy style to pull off, but she was certainly working it.
As for updos, Amanda Seyfried’s comes to mind. Her hair was styled into an interesting, twisted bun that almost resembled a fishtail braid, with pieces pulled far to each side of the style. It was kept modern and fresh with some extra volume, curl and texture toward the front and top. Jennifer Lawrence also wore a low-set updo. Her style was more sleek, which made sense considering her gown and accessories.
Take a look at the photos to see these and other styles worn by this year’s Oscar beauties.
Possibly the most beautiful hair at the Oscars was that of Reese Witherspoon. Perfectly coiffed into shiny, retro-style waves a la Lana Turner, Reese’s hairstyle was glamorous and classic.
Though she originally cut it off for a film role, Charlize Theron has kept her hair very short and has lightened it to blonde. While it’s certainly not an easy style to pull off, Charlize rocked it.
Adele showed up on the red carpet with a half-up style, but for her performance, she let her hair down- literally- and kept it down the rest of the evening.
Sandra kept her hairstyle simply straight and super-shiny, letting her black lace gown and her accessories do the talking. She looked sophisticated and sexy.
Far from her jeans-at-the-park, everyday mom look, Jennifer Garner wore a beautiful wine-toned gown with her hair pulled into a low-set, twisted updo with wavy pieces framing her face.
Big winner Jennifer Lawrence wore a sleek and sophisticated low-set bun updo, kept a bit fresh with some twists at the back. The classic hairstyle was a great choice to pair with her larger-than-life gown.
Following in the retro trend, Jessica Chastain’s hair was worn long and shiny, with a deep side part and curled to perfection. Her red lips kept her neutral-colored dress and pale skin from looking to bland.
Amanda Seyfried of Les Mis wore her hair in a sleek and interesting updo. It almost resembles a fishtail braid, with pieces going side to side along the back, and at the front, some extra volume and piecey-ness keep it fresh and modern.
Mom-to-be of the evening was Jenna Dewan-Tatum, whose makeup was gorgeous and whose hair, though pulled back, was kept piecey and loose around her face.
Salma Hayek changed it up a bit, wearing a cleavage-covering high-necked gown, and her hair styled up in a high, 60s-style updo, with accessories and loose waves cascading down.