BY LAURA REGENSDORF / APRIL 25, 2021
The red carpet's return brought a fresh dose of glamour—and some perfectly relaxed polish.
The collective, pent-up desire to get dressed up and party found a high-profile focus group tonight at the 93rd Academy Awards, where nominees returned to the IRL red carpet in true, dazzling form. It wasn't just the parade of golden fashion looks (statuesque in the literal sense) that turned heads. The evening's best hair and makeup moments tapped into Old Hollywood finesse along with an of-the-moment sense of ease.
On the side of timeless glamour, Amanda Seyfried channeled the mood of her Oscar-nominated performance in Mank, as seen in a side-swept chignon that evoked screen stars past. Borat's Maria Bakalova offered another take on the classic updo-and-red-lip pairing, her textured blonde hair rooted in the 21st century.
One Night in Miami... director Regina King showed off the perennial appeal of a sleek, center-parted bob, while best actress nominee Andra Day made the case for a crown of piled-high curls—accessorized with shimmery gilded eyes and a generously bared leg, like a Neoclassical goddess for a new age.
There was also an appeal to springtime color befitting the optimistic turn lately in the air. A regal Angela Bassett paired her glossy blown-out hair with a violet-rimmed gaze. Viola David, nominated for her full-bodied turn as Ma Rainey, kept things light and sunny, with pink lipstick set against her airy white gown. And Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell matched her pale lilac eye shadow to her gauzy floral dress, looking as radiant as every Oscar hopeful should.
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