Here Are All the Details Behind Cynthia Erivo's Glamorous 2020 Oscars Look

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Cynthia Erivo attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Talk about an Oscars debut to remember: Two-time Academy Award nominee and first-time attendee Cynthia Erivo arrived at the red carpet on Sunday evening (Feb. 9) ready to slay. 

She wore a white Atelier Versace gown, which featured a one-shoulder strap that crossed her chest, and connected to a bustier top that was accented with crystals and silver mesh cutouts. It then flowed into a poofy princess skirt that had a slit up the left leg, showing off her white Stuart Weitzman platform heels. 

Her dress was definitely one of the best on the carpet, but her beauty looks -- from the crown of her head to the tips of her acrylic nails -- earned her the unofficial award for the most memorable look of the night. 

For her makeup, artist Terrell Mullin partnered with Armani Beauty to create her satin-finish skin and deep smokey eye. To start, Mullin prepped Erivo’s skin with the Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer for a moisturizing base, then used the best-selling Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in various shades to create dimension through her cheekbones and T-zone. He applied the Armani Neo Nude Compact Powder Foundation as a bronzer around her hairline and temples, then finished off with the Neo Nude A-Blush on the apples of her cheeks. 

On the eyes, Mullin outlined with the Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in 12 and smudged it out for a smokier effect. He layered the Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow in 39 Brown Volcano on the lid and blended the darkest shadow from the Eyes to Kill Eye Quattro Eyeshadow in 2 through her crease. Finally, for a washed-out nude shade, he used Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in 100.

Hairstylist Coree Moreno worked with Dove Hair to create Erivo’s ethereal platinum ‘do, noting in a press release that his inspiration was “simple fairy-tale glam.” He double processed her hair to achieve the pearly white color, then used the Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo and Moisture Spa Recovery Mask to cleanse and condition. 

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Cynthia Erivo attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hollywood, Calif. 

He notes, “I love how [the Dove Amplified Textures] line was made specifically for textured hair, so the moisturizing ingredients were perfect to hydrate Cynthia’s coils post process.” He finished treating her hair with the Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner to protect the hair before styling.

He ran the Dove Style + Care Volume & Fullness Mousse through her hair and slicked it down with a comb twice to ensure that the style would hold, then “refined detail areas like her hairline and neck area” with the Dove Amplified Textures Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel; he even added in a glitter-infused gel to add some extra sparkle on the carpet. To finish, he sprayed a generous blast of Dove Style + Care Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray.

Anyone who follows Erivo’s red carpet looks knows to look out for her nails, so it’s no surprise that she went all out with her mani for the Oscars carpet. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and the North Star that led Harriet Tubman to freedom, celebrity manicurist Gina Oh worked with Christian Louboutin Beauty to create a nail look that was (pun intended) out of this world.


Big and Little Dipper constellation that makes the North Star -- #harriettubman #northstar

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Oh first prepped each nail with the Loubi Nail Primer before getting started on the art. On Erivo’s left hand, she freehanded a version of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” using polish Baraboum as the base, then swirling together shades Miss Mars and Madame Est Nue for the sky, and Mula Lisa for the stars. On the right hand, Oh mixed Goldissima and Preciosa for a gold sheen, and applied crystals on top for constellation-inspired glitz. To finish it off, the Loubi Gloss Top Coat gave the entire manicure a gorgeous shine.