Oscar Beauty 2011: Gwyneth Paltrow


Gwyneth Paltrow’s sleek hair wonderfully complemented her linear, metallic Calvin Klein gown at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. The look was sleek, straight, and simple. John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh worked with Gwyneth to find a style that expressed her classic and cool red carpet style. “Gwyneth was my inspiration,” says Harry, “she never tries to impress and her sophistication comes from within-a hairstyle shouldn’t overshadow that. She’s always had impeccably chic personal style and I wanted her hair to reflect that on the Red Carpet.”

Makeup Artist Leslie Lopez wanted her makeup to reflect her sleek and opulent Calvin Klein gown. “Gwyneth is very regal looking, she reminds me of Grace Kelly,” says Lopez, “I wanted her to look classic and beautiful, and at the same time approachable.”

Keep reading to see Gwyneth Paltrow’s full beauty breakdown and hair how-to tips from the 2011 Oscars!

FACE Oscar Beauty 2011: Gwyneth Paltrow

Makeup artist Leslie Lopez prepped Gwyneth’s skin with Chanel Sublimage Essential Regenerating Cream, then used Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid Makeup in Beige as a base, and applied Chanel Long-Lasting Concealer in Beige Ivoire.

To give a warmth to her skin, Lopez used Soleil Tan de Chanel in Terre Ambre. On the apples of her cheeks Chanel Tweed Blush Duo in Tweed Fuchsia was used.

EYES Oscar Beauty 2011: Gwyneth Paltrow

On her eyes Lopez used Chanel Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Delta. She applied the shadow all over the lid, and then used Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Trace in the crease. Then she mixed the brown and taupe shades in Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystic Eyes around the eyelid. Lopez lined Gwyneth’s eyes with Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Brun, and applied two coats of Chanel Inimitable Masarca in Noir, concentrating on the outer corners to make the eyes pop.

LIPS Oscar Beauty 2011: Gwyneth Paltrow

For Gwyneth’s lips Lopez used Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier, (available in April) topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance.


Harry started with the new John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight (an at-home alternative to salon straightening treatments) because he wanted to give Gwyneth super smooth, shiny hair that would stay straight all night long.

Harry began blowing out her hair with a Mason Pearson brush, carefully straightening each section at a time. Next, he went over each piece with a comb and a flat iron, ensuring every hair stayed sleek.

Harry gave her a center part and combed down all stray hairs and flyaways with the new John Frieda Full Repair Flyaway Tamer, a great on-the-go styling tool that’s a must-have for any red carpet. Small enough to stash in a clutch, the mascara-like wand fixes any wild hair in seconds.

Images courtesy of justjared.com

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