Was the real mu issue at the Oscars that some did not choose any focal point? (rop)
There's a basic theory to choose a focal point and let the other makeup be very subtle. It usually comes up to remind someone not to do dramatic eyes with dramatic lips, and so on. Pick lips or eyes or even cheeks to emphasize and leave the other two
Several of the mu looks being referred to as dead looking, boring, etc seem to have gone the other way - no focal point at all. Lips, lids, cheeks all very close to skin tone. Maybe that's why its so jarring; you don't find any part of the face to center on.