If style hounds and makeup fanatics were all scouring the red carpet on Sunday for the latest trends in bold cosmetics, they may have come up empty-handed. As it so happens, demure, understated makeup was more de riguer at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

“By and large, the makeup was soft, safe and devoid of a ‘statement’ anything,” according to FashionEtc.com. “Subtly defined eyes, rosy cheeks, and sheer, natural-looking lip color were the order of the night for Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, and especially, Michelle Williams.”

The last-mentioned starlet showed up with a stunning look that her makeup artist characterized as “ethereal and sparkling,” the news source reports.

Ladies can use a touch of Academy Award-worthy inspiration when it comes to their own day-to-day makeup routines. Opt for tinted moisturizer, translucent power and soft, cream-based blush. Eyes can still pop with a played-down approach – use a couple coats of mascara paired with soft pigments on the lids.