Stylist: Jennifer Austin
Outfit: custom Alberta Ferretti
Tailor: Laura Basci
Makeup Artist: D’Andre Michael using Lancôme
Hairstylist: Randy Stodghill using Phyto and ghd
Clutch: Judith Leiber
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Jewelry: Chopard

Angela Bassett made history today by being the first Black woman and the first Marvel Studios actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for a performance in a comic book adaptation.

What better way to celebrate her, than to reminisce about her breathtaking ensemble for the Oscars 2021? Here’s everything you need to know.

Bassett looked incredibile in a custom Alberta Ferretti red crêpe off the shoulder gown with draped organza shoulders and train, paired with Christian Louboutin Loubi Queen 120 silver ankle sandals.

1st picture is courtesy of D’Andre Michael

The actress complimented the look with Chopard diamond and ruby chandelier earrings featuring 28.19 carats of rubies and 9.54 carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold, a Chopard ring with a 14.62 carat oval-shaped pink tourmaline and 2 half-moon diamonds totaling 1.36 carats and 1.02 carats of diamonds set in platinum, a bracelet featuring 14.04-carats of Ashoka cut diamonds set in platinum and a ring featuring a 3.31-carat round brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by 6.47-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold from the “Magical Setting Collection“.

Reminiscent of her own lips, she carried with her a Judith Leiber Hot Lips clutch bag with clasp fastening and silver-tone hardware.

Of course her custom ensemble had a thoughtful inspiration process behind it, here is what the “Wakanda Forever” actress had to say about it in an interview for Vogue: “For tonight, my team put together a fierce look that elevated the game, and I couldn’t be happier! What I love most is glamour that exudes strength, power, and of course, fun! Red is one of my favorite go-to colors because it represents fire to me. It’s like having my own inner superpower that’s personal and unique to me.”

Bassett‘s makeup for the occasion was courtesy of her long time friend and collaborator D’Andre Michael. At first he wanted to match the color of her gown, but then he decided to do something people normally wouldn’t dare to do: blue. Though the duo have been working together for a lot of years, they have never used the color for a look before, but seen that the actress trusted him, everything came together pretty easily.

Courtesy of D’Andre Michael

The pro used Lancôme products and his inspiration was Cleopatra, as he revealed on his Instagram:

“A woman in charge of her own destiny. Leading with beauty, confidence and dignity. She doesn’t bow to rules, she paves the way, sets the tone and she does what others don’t have the guts to do.”

Here is the product breakdown, if you’d like to replicate the look (slightly edited for better comprehension):

1. Lancôme – Advanced Génifique Face Serum;

1. Lancôme – La Base Pro Face & Makeup Primer;
2. Lancôme – Teint Idole Ultra Wear – Camouflage – in #360 Bisque / #495 Suede blended together;
3. Lancôme – Teint Idole Ultra Wear Stick Foundation – #500 Suede W to contour the skin, blending it with a kabuki brush;
4. Lancôme – Dual Finish Powder & Foundation – #450 Suede to set everything;

Lancôme – Hypnôse Palette – #15 Bleu Hypnotique;
1. Apply #4 over the entire eyelid and just below her lower lashes;
2. #5 blended along her lash line to the outer corners of her eyes;
3. #1 and #3 blended together, applied on the inner corners to soften the look;
4. #5 smoked and blended out on bottom eyelid
5. LancômeLe CrayonBlack Ebony – smudged along her lash line;
6. LancômeMonsieur Big – #01 applied on upper and lower eyelashes;

1. Lancôme – Dual Finish Highlighter – Radiant Rose Gold;

1. Lancôme – Le Crayon Lip Liner – Plum applied along her lip line;
2. Lancôme – L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink – #288 ‘French Opera‘ as a base, #274 ‘French Tea‘ in the center of her lips, #311 ‘Rose Cherie‘ as a highlight;
3. LancômeJuicy Tubes – #09 ‘Hallucination‘ to highlight on bottom center and top cupid’s bow.

The theme for the hair was “classic and effortless”. Indeed pro hair artist Randy Stodghill styled her hair in a sleek do with center part.

Here are some short tutorials courtesy of the brands he used on Bassett:

Tutorial by Phyto:
– Use PHYTOSPECIFIC Thermoperfect Serum and PHYTO Volumizing Blow Dry Spray on damp hair for heat protection and added volume pre-blow dry;
– use a small amount of PHYTOSPECIFIC Baobab Oil after-blow drying to moisturize and hydrate;
– finish off the look with PHYTO Shine Defining Wax for polished ends.

Tutorial by ghd:
– Start with damp and prepped hair, use the ghd Blow Dryer along with the large round brush, blow drying from roots to ends until completely dry;
– take small sections of hair to straighten and smooth the hair using the ghd Max Flat Iron. Hair is then parted in the middle, slick with both sides behind the ears;
– using a holding spray and a finishing spray, seal it in place with the ghd Difusser.  

Angela‘s nails were kept oval shaped and painted with a rose-y hue, in order not to contrast with her fabulous dress.

I’d like to conclude this article by citing what Bassett told CNN in a statement after hearing about the news of her nomination today:

“This morning is a little extra special in the Bassett Vance household with news of my Oscar nomination. What has drawn me to each of the women I’ve portrayed throughout my career is their strength, compassion, resilience, and power. Wakanda Forever’s Queen Ramonda is a character that touched my spirit because she is a mother and a leader who must care for her grieving nation as much as she cares for her family in mourning. Ramonda is a love letter that reflects and acknowledges what we women do everyday.”


Angela Bassett presented the annual “In Memoriam” segment that year.

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