Celebrity Hair & Makeup: Penelope Cruz at 2012 Oscars

At the 84th Annual Academy Awards last night, Penelope Cruz wore a gorgeous blue Armani Privé gown with intense eyes and old Hollywood finger waves. Breakdown of the look after the jump!

Penelope Cruz hair and makeup at 2012 Oscars

Penelope Cruz hair and makeup at 2012 Oscars

Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen made up Lancôme ambassador Penelope Cruz with sultrily rimmed eyes and soft cheeks and lips.

* La Base Pro Primer
* Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
* Star Bronzer – on cheeks and temple
* Blush Subtil in Rose Romantique – on apples of cheeks

* Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Gris Fatale
* Le Crayon Khôl EyeLiner in Black Lapis
* Ôscillation Powermascara in Black

* Le Lipstique Lip Colouring Stick in Bronzelle
* Rouge in Love Lipcolor in Delicate Lace

Channeling very old Hollywood glamour, Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist Andy LeCompte gave Penelope 1950s Grace Kelly finger waves. Here’s how Andy suggests getting the look:

1. Start with dry hair and use a small amount of Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse at the roots.

2. Set hair in steam hot rollers by rolling hair straight back from the head. This gives hair texture and curl.  Use smaller rollers in the back to create a tighter curl, then pin hair underneath into a faux bob.

3. Lightly mist with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray, then back comb and tease at the root. Brush out the finger waves into place and set with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray.

Image Source: Celebutopia.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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