For every red carpet look, there are hours and hours of prep that go into it — from the hair, to the makeup and the clothes — and Thursday night’s Critic’s Choice Awards were no different. So in order to find out what goes on before the stars step onto the carpet, we turned to Jessica Biel, Alison Brie and Allison Williams‘ pros — who spilled the behind-the-scenes details –and photos — of their looks.
On Thursday night, Jessica Biel went for a look she doesn’t always wear: “a deep side-parted voluminous blowout with bouncy cascading waves,” according to her longtime hairstylist, Virtue creative director Adir Abergel. “I wanted to create a luxurious and classic look that had an old Hollywood glamour feel to counterbalance the punk vibe of the dress,” he says.
To perfect the style, the pro used Virtue’s One for All 6-in-1 Styler through the mid lengths to ends of her hair for added lift and shine, Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip on the roots, and Virtue’s Perfect Ending Split End Serum on the ends.
And overall, Abergel says, Biel “loved” the look. “We rarely do a classic style like this so it felt different and new.”
“The look was very sultry and sexy,” says makeup artist Quinn Murphy of Brie’s makeup, which he says they dreamt up together. “Since the Golden Globes look was such a classic bold beauty, she definitely wanted a more bronze, tonal look. This was Alison’s take on bronze beauty to compliment her bodycon Cavalli dress. It was more about the tones – nudes, bronze, peaches in a modern way.”
So after prepping her skin with L’Occitane skincare, Murphy went for a monochromatic neutral look, using similar nude shades all over. “I wanted to balance the face, by not focusing on one area like the eyes or lips. The new classic face is about bringing out natural features in a beautiful, fresh way.”
On her lips, Murphy used the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Blondie, and created an extra glow on her cheeks with oil — an unexpected option in lieu of highlighter. “We ended up using the L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil as a natural highlight on the high points of her face instead of makeup,” he says.
“The look was all about creating a small silhouette with an easy elegance to complement the dress,” says hairstylist Peter Lux of the inspiration behind the look. “I like to let the occasion, person and the dress inspire me. Plus, the length of the hair was something I wanted to show off.”
Lux created a smooth, blown-out look using Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat Protection Spray and a boar bristle brush. “I can’t live without natural bristle brushes because they give an unbelievable shine to the hair and because they don’t overheat unlike metal/plastic brushes. I’m also a big fan of the Dove heat protection Spray because I always work towards keeping a healthy hair quality.”
He then slicked her hair back and locked it in with extra-hold hairspray, before adding a headband into her hair.
“We had a lovely time and shared stories about how we spent the holidays, and I told my story of how I saved five puppies that I found on the side of the street in Sri Lanka,” he says. “She was over the moon with the look from head to toe.”