The Most Memorable Oscar Beauty Looks of All Time
As the grand finale of the awards show circuit, the Academy Awards are an excuse for Hollywood's biggest to go big when it comes to the hair and makeup looks that accessorize their outfits.
The sentiment has held true throughout the years as demonstrated by Cher in 1986 with her feathered Bob Mackie headpiece, to Lupita Nyong'o's sparkly headband that went viral on Twitter following the 2014 ceremony. These are just a few of the Academy Award red carpet beauty looks that everyone still talks about today.
In anticipation of this year's Oscars, we've rounded up the most unforgettable red carpet hair and makeup moments in Oscars history.
Audrey Hepburn, 1954
Sure, it's a well-known fact that Hepburn is truly an icon, but we still can't get over those perfectly feathered brows and wispy eyelashes. It's rumored that her makeup artist meticulously separated every single lash with a pin.
Grace Kelly, 1955
Kelly took home an Oscar for her performance in The Country Girl, but her classic pulled back waves and subtle makeup also won us over.
Barbra Streisand, 1969
Streisand took home the Best Actress honor for her performance in Funny Girl, and her iconic bob, and clean cat eye deserve honorable mention.
Goldie Hawn, 1973
Hawn brought her signature boho style to the Oscar Awards. She accessorized her effortless updo with a rose bud.
Meryl Streep, 1979
For her first of many trips to the Oscars, Streep let her soft blonde hair, natural flush, and inimitable acting chops do all the talking.
As the queen of all things extra, Cher's over-the-top feathered headpiece designed by Bob Mackie is almost expected. Needless to say, she pulled it off effortlessly. Cher paired it with matching smoky eyes.
Daryl Hannah, 1988
Hannah's platinum, sexy waves are a look that will always be in style on or off the red carpet.
Kim Basinger, 1990
The combination of Basinger's waves that were created with a whole lot of mousse with brick-red lipstick is the epitome of '90s beauty trends.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1993
Only Taylor can effortlessly pair big hair with bright blue eyeshadow, pink lipstick, and heavy blush.
Winona Ryder, 1996
Ryder may be one of the '90s quintessential It-girls, but for this year's Oscar Awards, the actress went with flapper-inspired finger waves.
Nicole Kidman, 1997
Seeing a French twist on the red carpet is expected, but Kidman's textured updo and mulberry lipstick kept the style from feeling overdone.
Hilary Swank, 2000
Swank's short, choppy cut that she wore for her wining role in Boys Don't Cry grew out to a layered pixie with side-swept bangs, which she debuted on the Oscars red carpet.
Julia Roberts, 2001
Roberts's chignon is an example of a timeless red carpet hairstyle. As for her makeup, the Oscar winner went with a soft charcoal eyeshadow, tightline eyeliner, and a swipe of lip gloss.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 2002
A romantic braided updo goes punk thanks to the help of Paltrow's navy blue smoky eye.
Halle Berry, 2002
Berry's choppy pixie is so good, you probably considered getting the short cut when you first saw it on the red carpet. The Best Actress winner's copper eyeshadow and pink glossy lip was a soft contrast against her hairstyle.
Charlize Theron, 2004
Theron's spray tan, thin brows, and glossy lip is a textbook example of the biggest beauty trends of the early 2000s.
Penelope Cruz, 2005
Cruz pulled her hair back into a voluminous, retro pompadour. Her piecey, side-swept bangs just crazed her charcoal smoky eyes.
Michelle Williams, 2006
The glossy red lipstick that Williams wore with her canary yellow dress ignited a color-blocking trend. Her romantic low chignon added a romantic vibe to the look.
Jennifer Aniston, 2009
Aniston brought a bit of her signature California girl style to the red carpet with the side braid she tucked behind her ear.
Sandra Bullock, 2010
Bullock upgraded an average side part with a bit of volume at the crown. A bright fuchsia lipstick added an unexpected pop of color to her red carpet beauty look.
Rooney Mara, 2012
Mara's blunt micro bangs and matte red lipstick were a striking combination. The fringe somehow enhanced the actress' groomed brows and high cheekbones even more.
Jessica Chastain, 2013
Chastain channeled Old Hollywood glamour with her loose, side-swept waves and matte red lipstick.
Kerry Washington, 2014
Fact: Kerry Washington always looks great in a statement lip color, and the deep wine tone she wore at the 2014 Oscars is no exception.
Olivia Wilde, 2014
Wilde's clean cat eye is exactly how we all wish ours looked like when we try to use liquid eyeliner. The actress pulled her up into a low, tousled updo.
A sign that your Oscar beauty look is iconic: when your headband gets its own Twitter account, which is exactly what happened moments after Nyong'o stepped on the red carpet.
Emma Stone, 2015
Stone gave two Old Hollywood staples a modern twist. She left half of her layers out of her low chignon and went with a coral lip instead of a classic red.
Margot Robbie, 2015
Everything about Robbie's look works without trying too hard. Tucking one side of hair behind her ear adds an effortless vibe to her sleek, side-parted lob and red lipstick.
Dakota Johnson, 2015
The actress' soft, piecey bangs dress up the low ponytail you often wear to spin glass. Johnson coordinated her red lipstick to her dress.
Saoirse Ronan, 2016
Ronan's smudgy emerald green eye makeup complimented her tousled beachy waves.
Chrissy Teigen, 2016
Teigen's French braid has a permanent place on every Pinterest hairstyle mood board. A glowing complexion and soft, subtle eye makeup completed her romantic look.
Ruth Negga, 2017
Negga took beauty's monochromatic trend to the next level by matching her headband and lipstick to her ruby red dress.
Olivia Culpo, 2017
Culpo's violet halo eye makeup convinces all of us to give the shade we usually neglect in our palettes a try. Her low ponytail with side bangs accented her edgy makeup.