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Oscars 2012: The Faves

The 84th Academy Awards telecast yielded mixed reviews and while I was pretty disappointed in some parts of it (hello off-color jokes about race and class!), I wasn’t let down by the red carpet looks. Top knots, updos and shorter blunt cuts ruled hair while shades of white, red and green made the carpet pop with color. Yep, Hollywood was lookin’ good.

Michelle William’s red Louis Vuitton number reminded me of the outfits I used to put on my Barbies in the early ’90s, with its long skirt/mini skirt (or is that considered a peplum?) combo, albeit way more elegant and red carpet appropriate.

Nip slip or not, Jenny from the block rocked this plunging cutout Zuhair Murad in a way only Jennifer Lopez could. The elegant updo and simple bling kept the look chic and sleek.

Rooney Mara is fast becoming my new Tilda Swinton, i.e. she could wear a Trader Joe’s bag and a fanny pack and I would think it’s amazing. Right on trend with the color that dominated the evening - white - Rooney’s edgier art deco-inspired Givenchy gown was a nice contrast to sister Kate’s demure beaded mauve number.

The second of two gowns Giuliana Rancic wore was this Tony Ward Couture number with intricate detailing and winged flourishes.

Octavia Spencer shows Hollywood (and everyone watching) that you don’t need to be skinny or blonde to look showbiz-worthy gorgeous in this beaded Tadashi Shoji gown.

The face of young, fun Hollywood Emma Stone “bowed” out in this floor-sweeping deep fuschia Giambattista Valli gown. Who cares if people think she ripped of Nicole Kidman from a few years ago? Lady looked equal parts elegant and adorable.

Channeling old Hollywood glamor was Gwyneth Paltrow in this simple Tom Ford gown. It was understated AND functional: With that cape, she was probably the least chilly one there!

Bridesmaids’ Ellie Kemper kept it quirky and fun in copper sequins by Armani Prive.

Berenice Bejo looked tres chic in a long-sleeved mint Elie Saab number, pulling it off with a smirk that only a Frenchwoman could.

Maria Menounos dipped it low(ish) in this Maria Lucia Hohan gown.

Rose Byrne shimmered head-to-toe in this sequined Vivienne Westwood, a fun contrast to her blunt bob.

Beauty Tips from Maria Menounos

I’m digging Allure Magazine's new Beauty Diaries feature and in this one, Extra co-host/entertainment reporter Maria Menounos shares some of her beauty tips. Like Maria, I re-use my fake eyelashes all the time, even the cheap drugstore ones. I've tried a few different brands on both ends of the price spectrum and only one brand REALLY makes a difference for the price (if you must know: Kreat, pronounced “create,” and created by an Asian-American makeup artist so they're especially suited for my eyes). 

I have a whole method to my fake eyelash madness - I usually wear 2 sets at a time so you know I’m serious about this stuff - which warrants a standalone blog entry, maybe 2 or 3. Or 5.

In related news, Maria just posted on her twitterfeed that she’ll be posting her daily looks. Fash-spiration. Real talk.

Maria Menounos' photo Gonna start tweeting out my looks for the show each I'm wearing alice and olivia w/steve madden shoes and nola singer jewels
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