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  • <b>Fresh Dewy Skin</b><br />
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The matte trend we saw prominently on past years’ red carpets has been replaced with dewy, radiant skin—see Amy Adams and Helen Hunt at the Oscars. “To achieve this look, you must prep before you just throw on some makeup,” says Kate McCarthy, the national makeup artist for glominerals. She suggests starting with a Vitamin C serum (like glo therapeutics 15% vitamin c) and a moisturizer. McCarthy goes on to underline that you want to look for a foundation with a dewy finish unless you have an oily complexion, in which case you’ll want to go for a satin finish “If your skin has some regular shine, let your natural oils do their thing to get you to the desired sheen,” she says. “Use a facial mist to set the foundation and wet it into your skin.”
  • <b>Light Eye Makeup</b><br />
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“I am so excited that the ‘no makeup’ looks from the globes continued into the Oscars!” says McCarthy. “To show your true colors, look for shadows that have light, fleshy pigment.” The only drama from this look comes from the lashes, so make sure to define them with mascara. Grab natural looking falsies or use a lash thickener with a volumizing mascara formula. See Sienna Miller and Jessica Chastain at the Golden Globes for some inspiration.
  • <b>Nude Lips</b><br />
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“After many awards seasons seeing bombshell bold lips, this year, we saw the gals puckering up with nudes,” explains Sarah Appleby. Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and more all wore muted tones in creamy textures. To get the look, prep lips using Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. The apply NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Pink Cantaloupe over your entire lip. This will be your base color, enhancing the saturation of color and longevity. Finally, finish off by applying essence cosmetics stay with me longwearing lipgloss in milkshake. Nicole Richie at the Golden Globes and Charlize Theron at the Oscars pulled this look off exceptionally well.
  • <b>Highlighted Inner Rim</b><br />
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While eyes were soft for the most part this season, they remained sultry thanks to slight smoky eyes, which popped thanks to an inner rim lined with a bright flesh tone pencil. Jennifer Aniston, Heidi Klum and Kelly Osbourne all had pretty, popping eyes. To get the look, Appleby recommends holding your undereye with the pad of your ring finger and gently pressing in to pop out your waterline. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality in Shell/Lace to line the inside rim. You can go over it twice to intensify the neutral color and increase staying power.
  • <b>Easy Updo</b><br />
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Celebrity hair stylist Eric Garza of Luxelab Salon in Los Angeles notes that stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore opted for easy updos this season. To achieve this look, Garza says to start off with Oribe <a href='/index.php/products/view/50' target='_parent'>Foundation Mist</a>, then rough dry and curl with a 1-inch iron for loose curls. Pin it back in a great soft look then finish it off with <a href='/index.php/products/view/53' target='_parent'>Imperméable</a> for soft hold and humidity protection.
  • <b>Braiding</b><br />
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“I’ve noticed that one of the big trends for 2013 is braiding; whether it’s a fishtail braid like Lucy Liu or the more classic three-strand braid Taylor Swift used to wrap her head as a headband,” explains Garza. “Both looks can be achieved by blowing the hair out with <a href='/index.php/products/view/59' target='_parent'>Royal Blowout</a> for smooth, shiny locks. Once your hair has been prepped, braid it off to one side or pin it in the back for a sleeker look. A little <a href='/index.php/products/view/26' target='_parent'>Dry</a> in the braid will help give finer hair some heft.”
  • <b>Hard Parts for Men</b><br />
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With the exception of the likes of Tim Burton, the gents went for classic hair looks this awards season. “They were very groomed in general…short back and sides with the top worn longer, but polished and combed,” notes Vaughn Acord, co-owner of Mizu New York and stylist to such celebrities as Richard Gere, Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Springsteen and Bill Clinton. He adds that we saw more hard partings and finishes than shine. See Aaron Tveit, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chris Pine.
  • <b>Long Loose Waves</b><br />
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“A lot of the same trends from this season’s runway shows translated to the red carpet,” explains Acord. “Long, loose waves and set hair were huge this season.” This style can be achieved with a large barrel curling iron by spraying <a href='/index.php/products/view/68' target='_parent'>Soft Lacquer</a> section by section and roping the hair around the barrel. When the hair is released, it falls in an ‘S’ shape. Many women this year chose to pull their waves over one shoulder.  The finish is usually shiny when waved, which can be easily achieved with <a href='/index.php/products/view/1884' target='_parent'>Shine</a>. See Jennifer Lopez at the Golden Globes or Marcia Gay Harden at the Oscars.
  • <b>Chignon</b><br />
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The classic chignon has gotten a makeover this season as a slew of textured chignons made their way onto the red carpet. Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez were just some of the stars that opted for this look. Acord notes that chignon knots are great because “they’re so easy to do on your own, especially since the trend is loose and lived in.” He says to secure a low ponytail, tease the tail from underneath and roll it under.  Use <a href='/index.php/products/view/26' target='_parent'>Dry</a> or <a href='/index.php/products/view/1473' target='_parent'>Après Beach</a> to add texture to fine hair. Secure with a few pins. Finish with <a href='/index.php/products/view/1884' target='_parent'>Shine</a>.”
  • <b>Short Hair</b><br />
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Short hair was more prominent this season than ever before. “Anne Hathaway’s hair looks particularly great short,” says Steven Schmidt of Oribe Salon in Miami Beach. “Her hair really works because of the length of the bangs and the volume she maintains on top. While this short hairstyle may not suit every woman, don't be afraid to try something new, different and short.” Schmidt recommends prepping hair with <a href='/index.php/products/view/73' target='_parent'>Volumista</a> and drying with a small round brush to create volume on top. Add <a href='/index.php/products/view/26' target='_parent'>Dry</a> to help maintain the lift.
  • <b>Straight and Shiny</b><br />
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Seen on the likes of Sofia Vergara, Rosie Huntingon-Whitley, Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman this season, straight and shiny hair is so refreshing right now, especially after all the textured hair that we saw past seasons. To get the look, celebrity hairstylist Adam Livermore of Three Squares Studio in New York City suggests combing a few generous drops of <a href='/index.php/products/view/1916' target='_parent'>Gold Lust</a> oil into your wet hair, then smoothing a nickel to quarter size amount of <a href='/index.php/products/view/48' target='_parent'>Crème For Style</a> through your locks and blowing dry with a good quality natural bristle flat brush.
  • <b>The Nude Nail</b><br />
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“The nude nail was widely seen at the Oscars on stars like Jennifer Lawrence, who matched her Dior gown with short, soft natural nails polished in a shimmery frost; Amy Adams, who wore a sheer rose on her medium rounded digits with one coat of a sheer pearl down the center of her nail to 'highlight' and add even more shimmer; and Zoe Saldana, whose rounded nails sported an opaque creamy rose shade,” highlights LCN director of education, Michelle Davignon.
  • <b>Matchy-Matchy</b><br />
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Lots of celebs went the traditional route and matched their nail polish with their gowns this year. “This was seen with Rihanna and Anne Hathaway,” says Davignon, pointing out that Hathaway’s sheer metallic nails also had the initials of her paternal and maternal grandmothers elegantly written on them with a silver nail art pen. Similarly, Naomi Watts’ nails were custom-designed to match her Armani Prive gown.
  • <b>Shimmer</b><br />
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“Shimmer is gorgeous on the red carpet, so we saw a number of gold and soft illuminating shades this season,” says Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and founder of the eponymous polish line.  She singles out Nefertiti, a golden frost shimmer that Michelle Dockery wore for the Golden Globes, as a favorite.
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Awards Season Trend Report

Now that Awards Season has officially wrapped up, we turned to some industry heavyweights to get their takes on the season’s best red carpet hair, makeup and nail trends. Scroll through the slideshow above to see the trends and the stars who rocked them.

- SHARON FEIERSON
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