Trend #1: Bold, Dark Lips
Stars like Kelly Osbourne—who chose dark lips to complement her purple gown and hair—were owning the red carpet with very dark lips that gave sophisticated, yet sexy wow appeal, Strong says. “Colors ranged from burnt reds to dark plums and crimson. Many stars paired the lip with bright cheeks that added a beautiful flush of color.”
DIY: Don’t be afraid to take the plunge with a dark lip. Choose a blue-based red, which will make your smile look whiter, and follow these steps from Strong: Define your lips with a sharp liner and apply a matching lip color using a brush over the top. Fill in the lips using the side of the liner, then use a lip brush to apply the lipstick precisely. (Strong also recommends his clients use a professional whitening treatment, such as Philips Zoom, to make their teeth look their best.)
Trend #2: Classic Looks
“The cat eye is always one of the most popular looks on the red carpet, and it didn’t disappoint on American Horror Story star Kate Mara,” Strong says. “It adds instant drama, with a layer of subtlety. The look demands attention, but doesn’t take it too far over the top.”
DIY: Create bold lines with black pencil eyeliner, which is easier to use than liquid, Strong says: Extend the line from the inner corners of the eye to about a quarter-inch beyond the outer corner. Don’t worry about making the line perfectly smooth. Once you get the basic cat eye drawn, you can use an angle brush to create a flawless line and a sharp tail. “The further out you draw the tail, the more dramatic the effect,” Strong says.