Brie Larson's Oscars Makeup Takes Cues From Renaissance Paintings

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"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.


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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.