'Soft goth' glamour was the coolest beauty trend at the Oscars after-party

'soft goth' glamour was the biggest beauty trend at the 2023 oscars afterparty
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Somewhat surprisingly, spring's stand-out beauty trend is for soft goth-inspired glamour. No doubt influenced by the captivating Netflix series Wednesday – starring Jenna Ortega, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Gwendoline Christie – but with a red carpet elevation, at the famed Oscar after-party last night the beauty looks were overwhelmingly bewitching.

Sultrier than the more colourful beat showcased on the Academy Awards red carpet (where red lipstick reigned supreme), after hours the A-listers' make-up took a darker turn. Stretched smoky eyeshadow and bitten lips represented the mood, which were mostly worn in monochromatic palettes from top-to-toe (see all the stunning after-party dresses, here).

Our favourite takes on the trend included Julia Garner, who married an Off-White gown with slicked-back hair and sharply contoured make-up. In similar tones, Emily Ratajkowski's make-up featured exaggerated graphic smoky eyes and brownish lips.

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Olivia Wilde also went all-out with winged smoky shadow, while Sophie Turner's silver-toned eye make-up (reflective of her sparkling caped dress by Louis Vuitton) echoed Chanel's recent Paris Fashion Week catwalk look. Shimmery, silver-toned eye make-up may have been missing from fashionable circles of late, but as Turner here reinforces, it's back and looks better than ever.

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Hunter Schafer, who wore a risqué white bandeau with a matching skirt, also looked stunning with '90s taupe-toned make-up. Her hair – as with Turner's – was styled in a precise centre-parting, oozing Morticia feels.

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Janelle Monae, meanwhile, wore her hair in an intricate braided style accessorised with a black beaded headband, an extension of her Area gown, giving a different take on vampy glamour.

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As these stars prove, moody make-up and soft goth hair is here to stay. The trick is to not take it too costumey for an elevated delivery that reads chic – and yet spring-ready.

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