The night we’ve all been waiting for has finally come and gone, and what a night it was! The Academy Awards are one of the most awaited events each year, and with good reason! It’s the very best in talent and performance and creativity and, not to forget, styling.
The styling at the SAG awards and the Grammys was fabulous, and I know that all of us were waiting to see whether the stunning streak would continue on to the Academy Awards. And with the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet photos just coming in it’s easy to see that we weren’t disappointed. The gowns, the makeup and the hair were all exquisite and I’ve honestly had the hardest time limiting my favourites!
So, let’s get on with it. Here is my take on the best hairstyles from the 2015 Oscars.
In her apricot-pink gown with the jewel-encrusted neck and fabulous makeup, Anna Kendrick was absolute perfection at the Oscars. The actress has already made it to so many of the ‘Best Dressed’ lists in a short time and it’s easy to see why. I love the elegant formal updo. There are so many iterations to it: you could wear it in a classic French twist or as a bouffant or even a high bun. For me, the best part about the style is the piecy front: it adds a bit of punch to an otherwise totally formal hairdo.
To really frame your face, make sure you add some volume and lift at the roots at the front. A tiny, slightly off-centre part like Anna’s can help you decide which way you want to style your hair. You could add the height by backcombing just an inch of hair at the roots or simply adding some dry shampoo/ volumising mousse while blow-drying.
Dakota Johnson is one of this season’s most talked-about actresses. Whether you’ve enjoyed Fifty Shades Of Grey or not, there’s no denying Dakota’s pretty, glamorous-girl-next-door appeal. Since Dakota’s been seen promoting the movie in a mostly monochrome palette these past few months, the stunning red gown with the embellished shoulder made for a really attractive departure from trend.
Dakota’s 2015 Oscar hairdo was simple: a sleek ponytail with bangs and some volume at the crown, but it looked rather fantastic nonetheless. As anyone with experience with the same will tell you, executing the perfect perky-but-sophisticated ponytail is a science in itself!
And one-shoulder gowns and outfits can be rather tricky to work with in terms of styling the hair such that it looks fabulous but doesn’t mess around with the overall look. So, the formal ponytail can sometimes be your best bet indeed.
Emma Stone’s wavy, asymmetrical bob is one of my favourite looks from the 2015 Academy Awards. In fact, it’s one of my favourites from the entire season. It’s such a fun, quirky hairdo but also a great nod to the all-things-vintage trend that we’ve all been loving this past year or so. And it looks absolutely gorgeous in Emma’s deep russet hair.
If you’re looking to go short, an asymmetrical bob is a great way to experiment. If you’re sure about the bob but not the angled variant, all you need to do to pull of this hairstyle is just take hair from one side and comb it back and under (keep it close to the head and use a styling product to get it to lay flat) while you bring the other side forward. You can do the same even if you’re creating a faux bob: just hide more hair on one side and play up the other.
For the waves, you can use a large-barrelled curling iron and then run your fingers through the hair to loosen the curls up. Or you could use one of those wave-making styling tools for deeper, retro-inspired waves.
Y’all probably knew this one was coming, didn’t you? Julianne Moore’s win for the Best Actress was so well-deserved, and she’s been absolutely on-point with her styling this awards season so we all knew that the Oscars would be no different.
The deep part, the side swept front and the low bun make for a timeless formal hairdo. It’s always fun to see celebrities play around with styles and be unafraid to try something daring, but with a big night like this one and an almost-certain win, you can see why Julianne chose to go elegant instead of edgy.
If you’re ever in doubt about whether a hairstyle is occasion-appropriate or not, or you are confused between a couple of options, remember: trends will come and go but the chignon will last forever!
Last year, the awards season was all about Lupita. And it is heartening to see that 2014’s biggest breakthrough star and style icon is still bringing it to the Red Carpet. Ms. Nyong’o is, without the shadow of a doubt, one of the most beautiful, graceful and strong women to have graced the industry in all time. And last night’s Oscar appearance just goes to show that she’s here to stay.
The jaw-droppingly beautiful, pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein Collection gown has got everyone oohing and aahing and Lupita proves once again that she knows a thing or two about fashion!
I personally adore her hairdo from last evening because it plays up the pearls while still being very pretty in its own right. Her stylist’s created a ‘tiny Afro’ to emphasize the rounded structure of the pearls. No strong lines or stiff angles with this one: the hair’s all about letting the gown and Lupita’s natural beauty take centre stage.
If you have short hair and you want to recreate the look, all you need to do is apply some styling mousse in freshly washed and semi-dried hair and then use a rattail comb to create tiny ringlets all over your head. For ease of styling, start from the nape of the neck and move up and forward. You will need a hooded dryer for best results, since your hair will still be somewhat damp at this stage. Let the dryer work its magic for about twenty minutes (or until you’re satisfied) and then use a little bit of hairspray and you’re all done!
Sunrise Coigney & Mark Ruffalo
I’ve got to admit, I have a little bit of a stake in this one; seeing the praise pour in for Sunrise’s hairstyle makes me happy: I got the chance to work with her and her husband Mark Ruffalo for the evening and it was an absolute blast. Not only are they the sweetest couple to talk to, but also an absolute delight to style.
We went with an angular structure, with a side-swept quiff with tonnes of volume at the front and the rest of the hair swept back over the crown, creating an undercut at the sides. I really loved the strong lines of the hairdo because it was a great way to play up the geometrical cut of her gown.
I used Wella Ocean Spritz and blow-dried the hair with a round brush. If you’ve got very fine or naturally straight hair, blow-drying will be enough. For those with thicker locks, I recommend using a straightening iron for a great finish. I used one with ceramic plates to really amp up the smoothness. Then I applied some Wella Matte Styling Paste to emphasize the texture and create the angles and finished off with a hair spray for a ‘do that would last all evening.
I went with this particular style because it’s edgy and yet sophisticated enough for such a formal occasion.
Since we saw a lot of straight, sleek and short hair at the 2015 Oscars, I was glad to see Zoe Saldana bring some wavy wonder to the Red Carpet. The updo looks really intricate and complex, but you’ll be surprised to learn just how easy it is to pull off. It’s a great look for wavy-haired girls who’re tired of having to pull out the straightening iron for formal updos. If your hair is, however, naturally straight I recommend using a one-inch barrel curling iron to add waves and texture to your hair first.
Once that’s done, you can either sweep your hair back over the crown or create an inch-deep middle part if you like. Then, simply pick and twist random strands of hair and keep pulling/ arranging them backwards. You can pin all of these at the nape of your neck with bobby pins. For the bun portion of the updo, you’ve got a couple of options to choose from. You could gather all of your hair into a messy, wavy bun and pin that in place. Or, for a more detailed look you can keep twisting bigger sections and pinning them at the base to create a bun as you go along.
The singular, one-piece bun is obviously easier to throw together, so if you prefer that, just remember to keep it messy. Keep a few tendrils loose at the front to frame your face. Make sure these are nicely curled to keep in sync with the rest of the laidback, boho updo vibe. Don’t forget to add hairspray for hold.
I hope you enjoyed the 2015 Academy Awards as much as I did. Many congratulations to the winners of the night. It’s been a truly great year for the movies. Let me know which styles you liked best.