Brie Larson's Oscars Makeup Takes Cues From Renaissance Paintings
"She really loves the color lapis and its significance in art," says celebrity artist Rachel Goodwin.
If there was anyone who fit the description of a Renaissance woman at the Oscars on Sunday night, it was best actress winner Brie Larson. The picture of perfection in her cascading Gucci gown, Larson chose a makeup look that played up its striking royal-blue hue.
"She really loves the color of lapis and its significance in art," explained makeup artist Rachel Goodwin of the semi-precious stone, which, during the Renaissance, was crushed to create a highly covetable deep-blue pigment used in commissioned works. "A painterly element and celestial feeing is what we were going for with the dress."
To achieve this, Goodwin anchored Larson's look around a vivid lip color, using Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Rayonnante ($37), a punchy pomegranate-fuschia shade with violet undertones. "I really wanted to complement the lapis color of the dress with a shade that felt equally as powerful," she explained.
And nowhere in Larson's look did Goodwin use shades of black or brown; instead the artist kept the tones ethereal in nothing but soft purples and pinks. For the eyes, Goodwin dusted Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow in Moonlight Pink ($36) across the lids and inner corners, followed by the violet-hued Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Choc ($33) along the lash lines.
The result? Nothing short of a work of art.