My husband and I were invited to attend Elton John’s 22nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, a well-known charity event benefiting his AIDS Foundation. Over the past week I’ve shared my countdown to the event with you, including my skin prep and travel tips, and am excited to relive the day with you now in this Oscar recap!
10 AM: In addition to my skin prep essentials I shared with you last week, I popped on skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels to combat any puffiness and stress around my eyes. Although I’m not sure why James Franco looks so much sexier than me in his patches. đź™‚
12PM: Lori Young from Koh Gen Do arrives at my hotel room to get me glowing. Priming with Hollywood set staple, Macro Vintage Royal Massage Milk, Lori used my makeup must-haves Bye Bye Redness and Undereye by it Cosmetics, before applying Koh Gen Do hero products Moisture and Aqua Foundation for a fabulously radiant and natural look.
1:30PM: Time for hair! T3 stylist Linda Zirkus arrives with an arsenal of hair tools to give me the 1940’s Classic Hollywood side-swept locks to complement my one-shouldered gown. Starting with several sprays of refreshing and volumizing Ocean Mist by Sachajuan, Linda utilized both the award-winning SinglePass Whirl Curling Wand and pin curls to build volume and create my red carpet ‘do. LEARN HOW TO GET THE LOOK HERE!
2PM: Lori is finishing my makeup for the evening. We agreed on a medium smoky eye using the Anna Sui Eyeshadow Palette in Rock Me and a strong cat eye effect created with Kevyn Aucoin Precision Liquid Liner. I insist on Ellis Faas Mascara to compete any eye look; it is pitch black, ultra creamy and easily builds upon itself to create mega long lashes. BY TERRY’s new Cellurose Blush Glace in Flower Sorbet provided a soft coral glow to my St. Tropez tan.
2:45PM: Linda sets my hair with Sachajuan Volume Powder and Strong Hair Spray to keep the curls polished and long-lasting. I apply some Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting to my neck and decollate to add a subtle glow that catches the light beautifully. Lori pairs my rose gold butter LONDON Goss nail lacquer with a metallic nude lipstick from The Metals collection by Lipstick Queen – aptly named Metal Nude. I toss the tube in my clutch for touch-ups post-dinner.
3PM: The car arrives on time! One quick look in the mirror before we head down to meet the driver. I love how my deep orchid gown, gold accessories, and classic Hollywood glam makeup and hair are all playing off each other. My husband and I pose for pics – and off we go!
3:30PM: We’ve cruised the red carpet and hit the step-and-repeat. Now for the fun stuff! Who did we see? Everyone! Hosts Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish were seated with Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, the gorgeous and timeless Jane Fonda, Ed Sheeran (who later performed), David Foster and his wife Yolanda (from Beverly Hills Housewives).
4PM: We were seated with several familiar faces – The Kardashians! Kim and Khloe were simply stunning in dramatic red, while Kourtney sported a classic tuxedo-inspired suit by Saint Laurent. Other guests included Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Petra Nemcová, Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Tommy Hilfiger, Eric McCormack, and Russell Simmons. My vote for best dressed? Wearing a backless black silk gown, it would have to be, hands down, Kelly Rowland. She looked absolutely stunning and turned heads throughout the evening.
The event raised nearly $5 million for AIDS education, prevention, and research, and you can still donate to the cause here. We were so thrilled to be a part of this memorable night and, as a movie buff, it was a very special treat for me to be a part of it.
Thank you for sharing my journey to the Oscars with me. Be sure to visit the b-glowing Magazine for all things beauty.