Award season is upon us, y’all.
In anticipation of this year’s 92nd annual Academy Awards (taking place on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC), we’re taking a look back at the best Oscars beauty looks of all time.
From Audrey Hepburn's brows to Viola Davis's lashes, here are our favorites from throughout the years.
1. Audrey Hepburn's Bold Brows (1954)
The year she won Best Actress for Roman Holiday, Hepburn stuck to her classic look: Dark, straight brows that thin to a point just at the ends. Weren’t blessed with natural Hepburn brows? Follow our ultimate guide to filling in yours.
2. Barbra Streisand's Mod Eyeliner (1969)
First things first: This voluminous bob-fluffy bangs combination is incredible. So, too, is Streisand’s mod eye makeup: Smoky liner all along the eyeline, plus some more smudged all over her crease. (If you want to recreate the look, this Lisa Eldridge tutorial is a fabulous starting point.)
3. Cher's Glossy Lips (1986)
If you can pull your eyes away from this incredible Bob Mackie headpiece, you’ll see that Cher’s lip gloss is poppin’. Layered over a peachy-nude lipstick, a clear gloss adds just the right amount of shine.
4. Madonna's Red Lip (1991)
Lest you thought Madonna's Marilyn Monroe obsession was limited to her Material Girl era (which ended a few years prior to this), she channeled the blonde bombshell at the '91 Oscars, allowing a cherry red lip to make a bold statement against a backdrop of porcelain skin, bleach blonde hair and white fur.
5. Halle Berry's Pixie (2002)
Between her signature chop, minimal makeup and before-it-was-trendy nude dress, this entire look is iconic.
6. Gwyneth Paltrow's Midnight Blue Smoky Eye (2002)
A far cry from her sweet light pink look at the 1999 Oscars, Goop’s 2002 look was grunge, grunge, grunge. Less expected than a classic black smoky eye, her blue version is smudgy without being sloppy.
7. Jennifer Lopez's Green Shadow (2003)
Making a strong case for matching your eye makeup to your dress, J.Lo adorned her ultra-bronzed skin with a highly pigmented swipe of minty shadow, plus a subltle nude lip (you know, to keep the focus on the eyes).
8. Charlize Theron's Barely-There Brows (2004)
It takes a brave person to rock a brow this thin, and a stunning person to somehow make it work. We’re also very into the overall monochromatic vibe.
9. Reese Witherspoon's Retro Ponytail (2011)
The higher the hair, the closer to looking like a vintage Barbie. Heads up that recreating this ‘do will require a lot of hairspray (and possibly some extensions for a little extra oomph).
10. Jessica Chastain's Cat Eye (2012)
Red carpets are rife with smoky eyes, which is fine (they do photograph really, really well). But it’s refreshing to see an actress deviate from the norm, in this case with a short but impactful flick of jet-black liquid liner.
11. Anne Hathaway's Pink Lip (2013)
There’s not a ton to say here other than that a classic rose-y pink lip—paired with a ballet slippers-colored dress—is just really really pretty. (Here’s how to find the best lip color for your skin tone.)
12. Lupita Nyong'o's Headband (2014)
A thin, sparkly band injects a little whimsy into an otherwise classically dressed-up ensemble. Here are three other retro hair accessories making a huge comeback right now.
13. Ruth Negga's Berry Lip (2017)
We love how Negga played around with shades of the same color, from her dress and lips to her stone-adorned headband. Her matte berry lip is super sophisticated, and works perfectly with an ever-so-slightly smoky eye.
14. Viola Davis's Mega-Watt Lashes (2018)
There’s a lot to love about this look—from the sleek, center-parted hair that cascades into a curly disco-inspired fantasy to the blue under-eye liner—but Viola’s impossibly long lashes, which practically touch her brows, take the cake.
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