‘Slumdog Millionaire’ swept the 81st annual Academy Awards with eight wins including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The big acting awards went to Kate Winslet for ‘The Reader,’ Sean Penn for ‘Milk,’ Penelope Cruz for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’ and in a touching moment, Heath Ledger’s family accepted on behalf of the late actor during his Best Supporting Actor win for ‘The Dark Knight.’

Gold may have been the color all the nominees wanted, but when it came to the fashions, white seemed to be the color of the night.

Penélope Cruz opted for a strapless ivory beaded, vintage Balmain Couture gown, which she accessorized with Chopard jewels and a Judith Leiber clutch.

Nicole Kidman presented in a similarly colored strapless L’Wren Scott number, while Marisa Tomei dazzled in an Atelier Versace gown with pleated detailing and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels. Continuing in the theme of princess-like wedding frocks, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a strapless Dior Haute Couture gown and Evan Rachel Wood donned Elie Saab Haute Couture.

Not all the ladies opted for white however… Amy Adams went for a ruby red Carolina Herrera gown, which she paired with Fred Leighton jewels.

TFS got the scoop on her makeup look, which was created by CoverGirl’s Celebrity Makeup artist Molly R. Stern. Stern started by prepping the actress’s face with Jurlique citrus spray to give it a healthy lift.  She then based Adams’ face with YSL perfect touch #2, blushed her cheeks with Chantecaille Aqua Blush in Frivolous and Chantecaille Sesame peach eyeshadow over top. Stern notes that Adams’ eyes are based with NARS cream eyeshadow in Maracaibo over which she blended Shu Uemura shadow in gray 960, mixed with shu uemura shadow in purple 700. With a flat shadow brush, a touch of NARS shadow in Ondine was added. The top and the underneath eye areas were lined with Trish McEvoy’s Arabian nights definer and one coat of CoverGirl Exacts Eyelights Mascara in Black Ruby was used to finish off the eyes. Lastly, La Mer lipbalm, Outlast Lipstain by CoverGirl in Plum Pout, and Shu Uemura wine lip color in 265 with a dot of CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint in Plum Crazy were used on Adams’ lips.

Also shining in color – Natalie Portman in pink Rodarte and Kwiat jewels, which included one of a kind deco inspired pins and hair combs crafted from flawless diamond and platinum pieces.  She paired then with vintage diamond studs, a large deco cuff (a Kwiat family heirloom originally designed for the Kwiat’s mother), and stackable vintage rings.

As for the Best Actress Nominees, Anne Hathaway opted for a sparkling jewel encrusted Armani Privé gown; Angelina Jolie showed-up in a black strapless Elie Saab gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels; Melissa Leo went  bronze, with a shoulder-covering Badgley Mischka gown and Fred Leighton jewels; Meryl Streep was in custom Alberta Ferretti, Fred Leighton jewels, and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch; Kate Winslet wore a multi-toned one shoulder YSL dress. The makeup for all was kept natural.

Lancôme graced the faces of three of the Best Actress nominees – Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, and Angelina Jolie – and we got the details on all three.  Celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey wanted to create a classic, natural look for Kate Winslet. First, she prepped Kate’s skin with Lancôme La Base Pro primer to create a smooth canvas for a polished complexion. She lightly brushed Lancôme Brow Expert in Naturel on the brows to play up their natural shape. Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pro Eyeshadow Trio in Ice Shimmer was applied to the eyes and the lashes were coated with Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pro Mascara in Black. To create a sheer, neutral colored lip, Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Old Flame was applied for a soft, matte finish.

The key to Anne Hathaway’s look was her brows which framed her face and her long, lush lashes. She donned a deep berry-toned lip to complete her look. To get Anne’s look, her makeup artist suggests trying Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Sable to fill in and shape the brows. Then, lightly dust Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Ciel du Soir over the entire eyelid followed by Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony applied to the upper lash line. Lightly smudge so there are no harsh lines. Lastly, apply several coats of Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara for a faux-lash effect. For just a hint of color, dust Lancôme Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose on the apples of the cheeks and apply Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Brickhouse.

Perhaps the most oogled celeb of the night, Angelina Jolie’s makeup look was created by Mary Burton. Mary applied Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony to the upper and lower lash lines. She emphasized the shape of Angelina’s eyes by applying more liner to the outer corners of the eye. Several coats of Ôscillation Mascara were applied to the upper lashes for added volume and length. Mary put a touch of pink to the cheeks using Shu Uemura Blush in M Pink 31 and applied it to her cheekbones near the temple. To create ultra-shiny and luminous lips, Mary used Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling.

Though there were a number of perfectly chic and certainly very glam looks on the red carpet, overall I was a bit under-whelmed and, surprisingly, despite all the glamazons present, my favorite gown of the night was the Zuhair Murad number Miley Cyrus wore.

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