No, you didn’t need to adjust your screens; yes, Julia Roberts was blonde at the Oscars. Her longtime stylist Serge Normant says she didn’t make the change for any big reason — she just felt it was time. “We had planned to go lighter. She has been blonde before,” Normant tells PEOPLE. “We love the ombré feel but we just went for a really light color. It still has a little gold and dimension, but not as definite as dark roots and light ends. We didn’t want it to be one color, but [there's] less of a contrast.”
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And the new do even affected how makeup artist Genevieve Herr did Roberts’s makeup that evening. Though Roberts asked for a “beautiful eye,” Herr kept things light because of the “beautiful blonde color” of Roberts’s hair, she says. “I took that into consideration. For the eyes, black would be a little bit too much for blonde hair, so that’s why I decided to use brown, to make it look softer.”