This Is the Key to Cate Blanchett's Subtly Colorful Oscars Makeup

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It's all about balance.

Oftentimes when it comes to a makeup scheme, there’s one focal point on the face — one thing the artist opts to play up. In Cate Blanchett’s case, her beauty guru Jeanine Lobell took the opposite approach. "I wanted it to be balanced," she tells Pret-a-Reporter, adding, "so the lip and the cheek and the eye were all in the same family. Sometimes you do a smoky eye and a really nude lip to pop the eyes, but I wanted them all to have equal play in a way."

The overarching idea was to give the newly bobbed Carol nominee and two-time Oscar winner a romantic, sexy look using somewhat monochromatic color. "Even though the color of her dress was quite a statement, I felt she needed to have some color in the makeup as well."


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Ultimately Lobell chose mauve, aubergine hues that were deeper around the eyes and lighter on the cheeks. "There was color across the board," she says. On Blanchett’s eyes, she wanted a fuzzy effect, so she blended two cream shadows, Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #8 and #10 ($39), the plummy latter shade as a liner, under the lash line and wrapping up into her creases. She used the rosy beige #8 in the center of the actress’ lids to make them shimmery and diffused, and blended it up to the brow bone using her finger.

After SK-II’s plumping, dewy Facial Treatment Essence ($165) and R.N.A. Power Cream ($149), Lobell added color to Blanchett’s cheeks with Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric blush in #506 ($48), in the same color palette as the rest of the plum-inspired shades. She created more of a fuzzy feeling with a bit of powder on top. And finally, Lobell lined and filled in her lips with a matching pencil — so when her lipstick faded she wouldn’t be left with a ring — and applied a pinkish hue, Rouge d’Armani in #103 ($37). The perfect almost nude.