Glenn Close oscars

Glenn Close.  Zac Posen forest green silk faille fishtail gown & matching tux. Chanel Beaute.  *Swoons*

Although I have an inbox bulging with celebrity guff, I choose not to post most of it, reasoning that there are plenty of other places to go for that kind of thing. And, after all, LLG is a personal blog. But occasionally something pops up that fascinates me. In this case, the guide to Glenn Close’s wonderful make up look by celebrity make up artist Cathy Highland on behalf of Chanel Beaute.

The moment Ms Close stepped on to the red carpet last night, I was all agog at her perfect natural look make up. She looks immaculately ‘done’, and has neatly avoided the Barbara Cartland trowel-it-on school of make up which the red carpet tends to incite in women of all ages.

It’s easy to focus on the immaculate make up looks of the beautiful peachy skinned twenty-somethings who skip down the red carpet, but I find it much more interesting to see how make up is used to enhance mature skins. Aging skin necessarily needs more attention,  and when the result is this good, I want to know exactly how it’s done. (Chanel have a great track record at the Oscars: I loved this look at the 2010 ceremony) and this year they also did the make up for Michelle Williams and Sandra Bullock.)

In the words of Cathy Highland:

Timeless beauty was the inspiration for Glenn’s Oscar look. With the unique color of her dress, I wanted Glenn’s face to be fresh, but also have enough pop for the cameras on the red carpet and last all evening through the parties following the live telecast. And yes, since it was the special night of the Academy Awards…we all agreed on pure glamour!

: The night before Glenn used CHANEL Sublimage La Creme Texture Supreme.  Before I  applied the makeup, I used CHANEL Hydra Beauty Serum (available May 2012).

:  I used CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15. It was set and finished off with CHANEL Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Translucent 1.

:  CHANEL Powder Blush in In Love.

Eye Shadow
: I covered the lid with the shimmery CHANEL Illusion D’Ombre in Émerveille. I then blended the darker green shadow from CHANEL Quadra Eyeshadow in Lilium up to the crease creating a soft, classic smoky eye.

Eye Brows
CHANEL Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Blond Clair.

Eye Liner:
 I used CHANEL Precision Eye Definer in Brun. I like to emphasize the lash line with a very fine line of black. My personal trick is using a tiny brush and dipping it into the black waterproof mascara for a ‘stay in place’ application for a long day.

:  Lastly, I applied CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lipshine in Unique (not available in the UK), a reddish berry pink with gold sparkles.


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I love this also, and, hooray! I have a couple of these products. Most importantly, I have the Lilium quad, which was released last year and which contains besides that smoky emerald a smashing yellow/green accent color.

Chanel makes the best shadows and blushes, IMO.


An inspiration & proof that you can age well, gracefully…


She looks gorgeous, and I hate to be the naysayer, but I feel it is my duty to alert you ladies that Chanel make-up contains a ton of petrochemical ingredients, including those gorgeous Rouge Coco lipsticks. I hope Glenn refrained from licking her lips too much!


@annemarie: I thought this was interesting on products in lipstick



Glenn Close looks fabulous.


She certainly looks great and impeccable make-up makes all the difference! I personally go for Clinique.


It is really refreshing to see this sort of look highlighted and especially with an older woman. Sometimes it seems as if the only ‘look’ you see in England nowadays is the overdone TOWIE thing.

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