This Early-2000s Makeup Trend Made a Comeback on the Oscars Red Carpet

Updated 04/18/19
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We can always count on the Oscars red carpet to serve up major beauty inspiration (Lucy Boynton, looking at you). This year, we were graced with Amanda Stenberg's braided updo, Charlize Theron's orange-red lip and Gemma Chan's perfect cat-eye—you can see all of the best Oscars beauty looks here. As we watched our favorite celebrities march down the carpet this year, we couldn’t help but notice that this year’s reigning makeup trend was genius in its simplicity: matching your eye shadow to your dress.

Pulling this off is more difficult than you might think. One false move—the wrong shade of shadow, a too-heavy hand—and you run the risk of looking like you’ve been inspired by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. Luckily, we were schooled in the art of this technique tonight, thanks to Emma Stone, Awkwafina, Maya Rudolph and Laura Harrier. Ahead, see four perfect examples of how to match your eye shadow to your shirt and not look straight out of the early-2000s. 


Leave it to makeup artist Hung Vanngo to make us want to unearth our baby-blue eye shadow ASAP. He blended Chanel Ombre Première in Nuage Bleu in the center of her eyes to perfectly complement her Louis Vuitton speech. 


Awkwafina rocked a shimmery lavender suit with long beach waves (courtesy of hairstylist Anh Co Tran) and expertly-blended purple shadow. Makeup artist Mai Qunyh used the shades in Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eye Quattro Eyeshadow palette in 4 for the perfect twist on the classic smoky eye. 


We're feeling a serious monochromatic vibe with Emma Stone's look, with her copper hair, eyes and lips. Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin used Sisley's Phyto Eye Twist in copper all along her lid and blended it out for a one-step makeup statement. 


Maya Rudolph's pink eye shadow perfectly complemented her pink patterned Giambattista Valli dress. 

Click here for the rest of the best Oscar beauty looks

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