Some say short hair is limiting, but Lupita Nyong’o has proven the critics of the cropped cut wrong. She continues to mix it up despite having little length to work with; mirroring the plunging neckline of her Givenchy gown, she sported a striking middle part by hair pro Larry Sims to the NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California, this past weekend. Sims said he used her nose as a guideline and molded the shape using Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Gro With Larry Sims Créme Oil. As for her shimmery shadow (a combination of colors pulled from the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palette in Earth Reflection), face painter Nick Barose said Studio 54 inspired him: “There’s a slight disco feel,” he noted. To complement her dress, he opted for a bright lipstick topped with a bronze gloss “to keep [the look] monochrome.” It appears the tonal trend has already shifted from the runway (Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 show) to the red carpet.
Cornrows have proven to be the braid of choice for Fall 2014 (at least thus far), but super Cara Delevingne embraced the plait long before it became a trend. She told British Vogue that while everyone around her deemed her bitty braids a beauty disaster, she thought they “looked fucking cool.” (Judging by their most recent runway shows, it appears designers like Adam Selman and Marchesa cofounders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig agree.) Delevingne demonstrated her ongoing support of the look at last night’s Elle Style Awards in London, where she braided one side back to show off the multiple tattoos on her ear. The catwalker sported something similar at the Met Ball (albeit the plait was on the opposite side), but we have to applaud a woman who knows what she likes—even when popular opinion is weighed against her—and sticks with it.
British aristocrat and model Mary Charteris blinged out the hair above her eyes for the London shows. This particular beauty move took us right back to Chanel’s Fall 2012 collection and Peter Philips’ extraordinary, mineral-encrusted eyebrow art. While we love a naturally thick set à la Cara Delevingne, this It girl’s sparkly arches certainly got our attention.
Green may have been the color du jour at New York fashion week, but Léa Seydoux entered her blue period just in time for last night’s British Academy Film Awards in London. Paired with Veronica Lake-like waves, her iridescent navy cat-eyes completed the bombshell look. This particular shade of shadow has been getting a lot of play as of late—Keira Knightley wore a similar color a few weeks prior to the premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The budding vert trend on this season’s runways may have some serious red-carpet competition.
The side-swept look we saw last season at Pucci made an appearance on Dree Hemingway at last night’s amfAR gala in New York City. For makeup that was as low-key as Hemingway’s tousled swoosh, face painter Nico Guilis mixed Tarte Maracuja Oil with Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation for a glowy complexion, then added bronzer along with NARS’ The Multiple in Malibu on the cheeks for a hint of color. To subtly define the lash lines, she used NARS matte shadow in Blondie and topped off lashes with Chanel mascara in brown. Brow pencil and lip balm polished off the paired-down package. We may be focused on Fall, but a Spring 2014 throwback is always welcome—especially on a Thursday.