Facing the Paparazzi

Just in time for the Oscars, Jane Larkworthy shares her red carpet beauty picks.


The one time I “walked the red carpet” was at a launch party for Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume (if you believe that’s me in the photo below, may I sell you a bridge?), and since no one knew who I was, you could hear crickets chirping rather than cameras clicking. To keep the fantasy alive, however, here are the products I’d apply for the Globes or the Oscars if I were ever invited.

Kinara Weightless Infusion Antioxidant Primer: I use this after I cleanse each morning. It’s packed with hydrating niacinamide and antioxidant peptides, makes skin feel post-facial supple, and adds a nice glow. ($80,

Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Makeup Base SPF 25: This primes skin for foundation, and it also gives off “I’ve slept well for weeks” rosiness. ($50,

Lorac Touch-Up to Go: Los Angeles–based makeup artist Carol Shaw’s latest creation is genius—its brush-on formula is a concealer and foundation in one. You can dab the brush over flaws a few times until they’re covered, then use it in long strokes on the rest of your face; it blends easily and leaves a dewy finish. ($28,

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner and Angled Eye Liner Brush: The liner comes in six shades, but I love the understated chicness of Espresso. And the brush’s angle bends at just the right spot to make creating a heavy femme fatale line supereasy. ($22 and $20,

CoverGirl Clump Crusher by Lash Blast: You can coat and coat and coat without ever risking clumps. ($7,

Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in 24k Kiss: For a bit of a glistening effect, I apply this shimmery balm over lipstick. ($19,

John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray: This spray miraculously creates space between each hair to provide more volume, so a teased ponytail will keep both its height and its thickness. ($7, at drugstores)

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish: Lena Dunham recently asked Lippmann to name shades for her characters in HBO’s Girls. Personally, I can’t get enough of Hannah, this muted teal color. ($45 for set of four,

Jennifer Behr encrusted chiffon head wrap in Pacific: This pale blue goes perfectly with Lippmann’s polish and is a nice change from the standard white and silver- and gold-toned bejeweled hair bands. ($595,