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Get The Scoop Behind Ellen's Glam Oscar Look

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Though the debate continues over Ellen Degeneres’ skills as an Oscar host (click here to weigh in) we were impressed with her sharp tuxedoes and bright blue eyes. “It’s definitely a new look [for Ellen] in the sense that it’s more glamorous,” her makeup artist Meghan McClain told PEOPLE right before the show. To create Ellen’s smoky eyes, McClain used Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Powder Pencil in Espresso and Midnight. “When you layer the blue over the brown, you get this really beautiful charcoal with a hint of blue,” she says. For Degeneres’ lips McClain used Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide lipstick in Fig. “I really just want to enhance her natural pigment.” And to even out Degeneres’ skin tone, McClain applied Ceramide Plump Perfect foundation in Warm Sunbeige. “It’s just beautiful on her,” she says. “It’s designed for women her age.” And here’s a tip from McClain that all busy women (even those not performing live before 38 million) can use: “I keep Ellen’s eye cream in the fridge. That always helps to relieve puffiness.”

Click here to see all the Beauty Favorites from the Oscars. And for more of the latest news and gossip on the Academy Awards, check out our Red Carpet Confidential blog.

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