The makeup, the hair, the dresses! The Oscars are synonymous with red carpet glamour, and in honor of the upcoming awards show this Sunday, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 makeup looks of all time from Oscars past. (Granted, there were way too many amazing looks to choose from but we tried to narrow it down to just 10.)
Elizabeth Taylor, 1970
Early 70s fashion and beauty was very matchy-matchy, as you can tell here with her eye shadow matching her dress color. This trend is making a revival in this upcoming spring, with a solid wash of color on the entire lid.
Raquel Welch, 1974
Here the makeup is less colorful than what we saw a few years earlier on Elizabeth Taylor, but no less glamorous. She’s giving off more of a beach bunny, bronzed goddess look that is clearly working for her!
Obviously, this is the epitome of the 80s — everything is over the top. Her makeup is bold and colorful with bright purples and pinks. And you see here the cardinal makeup sin of pairing bright eyes, cheeks, and lips at the same time. But it’s Cher. It’s the 80s. She can do whatever she wants!
Daryl Hannah, 1988
This photo is from the late 80s but her makeup looks very 90s. Her matte red lip with bushy brows has a retro, classic feel to it. She’s very ahead of the times with this look, anticipating the trends to come.
Winona Ryder, 1997
Again you see the quintessential 90s makeup. Winona’s dark vampy lip and smoky eye is like the red carpet take on grunge. You get the same grunge-y feel, but it’s still pretty enough for the red carpet.
Charlize Theron, 2004
Pencil thin eyebrows made their comeback here! In the early 2000s, red carpet makeup started to take elements from previous eras and modernize them for the present day. Charlize Theron’s look is definitely inspired by old Hollywood glamour, but it’s been updated and reinterpreted for a very pretty, modern take on 1920s beauty.
Michelle Williams, 2006
This look shows up on so many of the “best of” red carpet lists and it’s easy to see why. She makes a daring color combination with an orange red lipstick against that mustard yellow dress. Albeit unusual, it’s still eye catching, it’s pretty, and she absolutely kills it with this look.
Halle Berry, 2011
We could have picked Halle Berry from any number of Oscars that she’s been to. She always looks stunning. Especially here, her skin looks gorgeous paired with that bronze smoky eye. Nothing is overdone; it’s all just right!
Jessica Chastain, 2012
Lovin’ how she’s rocking the winged liner! It’s great when celebrities take a daring trend and wear it on the red carpet, even though this could very well be an everyday look. She takes this one trend and makes it a statement.
Lupita Nyong’o, 2014
And finally, Lupita’s look at last year’s Oscars brings us full circle. Her minty pastel eye shadow matches her dress (bringin it back to Liz again!). This was such a cool and refreshing look, and those light pastel colors on her skin tone really stood out.
The makeup has changed over the years, but the glamour stays the same. The red carpet is such a great source of inspiration for trends — old, new, or reinterpreted! It will be interesting to see what looks they’ll be wearing on Sunday and if we’ll see any of these same styles pop up again! Who else do you think should have made the list? Leave us a comment with your Oscar makeup faves!
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