Recreate Hilary Swank's ethereal beauty look from the 83rd annual Academy Awards with this step-by-step guide:
The Hair: Grace-ful Texture
Stylist Robert Vetica explains: “My inspiration was the romantic, elegant styles worn by Hollywood film icon Grace Kelly, though this is very modern, not retro in any way. Simple and sleek at the sides, most of the volume was at the back of the head, and I created a different kind of chignon that was asymmetrical — made with three interwoven sections of hair. I wanted the hair to look smooth and luminous, as if there was no product in it, and used shine-enhancing styling products to finish. We accented the final look with Anna Hu platinum and diamond earrings that were worn in the hair.
To create this style, I first blow-dried Hilary’s hair with Moroccanoil Treatment. It’s a natural choice for this look as it's lightweight and conditioning, absorbs instantly into the hair without weighing it down and gives a deep, natural-looking shine. It would also protect the hair when I used a curling iron on it later. After curling small sections to give the hair a bit of wave and texture, I separated the hair from ear to ear below the crown and pulled it back. Next I backcombed this entire back section for volume and sprayed it for a soft, natural hold with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. I lightly brushed through on the surface and put this section in a loose ponytail and secured it.
I then lightly teased the sides and backcombed the top section above the crown, with more attention to the root. I sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray on this area as well, and unified the two sections. I made a tight ponytail at the base of the crown. Then, because I had so much hair to work with, I took three sections, sprayed each one again and interwove them to create an asymmetrical chignon. I emphasized more volume and secured the chignon slightly to the left of center.
Finally, I pinned the platinum and diamond hair accessories asymmetrically, one on each side of the chignon. The first slightly above the ear, and the other slightly below the ear on the opposite side. To finish, I gave the entire style a light spray of Moroccanoil Glimmer ShineSpray."
The Makeup: Modern Pearl
Makeup artist Monika Blunder explains: “I wanted to really play up Hilary’s eyes and I used her gorgeous Gucci Premiere couture dress with beautiful shades of grey and satin as my color inspiration.
To create the soft but colorful eye look, I blended silvery colors across the eye and then opened up the eyes by using CoverGirl LiquilineBlast in Silver Spark close to the top and bottom lash line. I used the darker colors on the outside of the eye lid and then the lighter, silver colors in the inside, using CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke to bring out the silver shades of her dress. I then curled the lashes (ten second hold on each eye) and added stunning volume with CoverGirl LashBlast Volume in Very Black.
To complement Hilary’s eyes, I created a matte, flawless face and peachy cheeks for an overall soft look. I used a feathered blush brush to apply CoverGirl Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach in a circular motion to the apples of the cheeks. This creates a very soft, luminous look.
For the lips, I went with a very natural look, using CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Sandstone to add a pretty flush of luxurious color."