Gal Gadot's Oscars Beauty Was Inspired by the 1920s

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The perfect complement to her flapper-esque Givenchy gown.

There were a few major metallic style moments at the 90th Oscars (Jennifer Lawrence in pewter Dior comes to mind) but Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot’s silver Givenchy gown took the award for most memorable metallic look. Her hair and makeup beautifully complemented the gown, nodding to the Art Deco allure of the actress’ dress, and of course that dramatic Tiffany & Co. necklace.

“She’s like a silver Oscar tonight!” said Gadot’s hairstylist Mark Townsend.


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Townsend was inspired by the Art Deco vibe of the dress and jewelry but felt a finger wave would have been too “costume-y,” so he created a more modern wave with a nod to the 1920s.

He began by spraying Oribe Maximista into her damp hair and blow dried it with a Dyson Supersonic dryer. “I’ve become obsessed with this,” said the hairstylist. “I used the diffuser attachment with medium heat and low airflow while sculpting that wave with hairspray.”

Townsend gathered Gadot’s hair into a French twist, secured with tons of bobby pins, but kept the top face-framing pieces loose. He created a soft wave by sculpting the section with lots of Dove Compressed Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray to achieve the perfect wave. Once it was just right, he blended the edges into the French twist.

“We’re doing a big change for the Vanity Fair party and the Dove micro mist hairspray allows me to brush this out later," said Townsend. “I have to plan for the whole night.”

Gadot’s makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani was also inspired by Art Deco, but opted for a fresh and modern look so that the outcome didn’t feel like a period piece.

“I wanted Gal to glow with a simple sparkly eye and deep raspberry-wine lip to liven her face," said Bedrani.

She evened out the actress’ skin tone with Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation in Warm Golden as a base and set the look with Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder in light/medium. Then she used the Revlon PhotoReady Highlighting Pallete in SunLit Dream to enhance her cheek bone and give her an extra glow.

Bedrani applied Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow in Crème Brûlée all over lids and in the inner corners to brighten the eyes, followed by Revlon Colorstay Crème Eye Shadow Caramel in her crease and along the bottom lash line. To bring out her eyes, she drew a very thin line along her lash line with Revlon ColorStay liner in Onyx, and finished with two coats of Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara in Black. 


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“For her lips I knew exactly the color I wanted to achieve,” said Bedrani, “so I started by using the lip liner, Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Wine all over her lips and applied Revlon Super Lustrous in Bombshell Red just in the middle in to achieve the perfect deep raspberry/wine color I had in mind.”

Gadot was indeed a bombshell, but her makeup is classic enough that anyone would be able to pull it off.