16 Oscars Red Carpet Beauty Looks That Made Our Hearts Sing

After months of campaigning, countless parties, and red carpets galore, Hollywood’s biggest night is here, and with it comes a whole lot of stunning hair and makeup for us to ogle. Usually, the Academy Awards' red carpet is a parade of pretty, but safe, beauty looks — which is fine, but we sometimes wish the stars would throw a few beauty curve balls our way.

While there were plenty of predictable beauty moments, this year brought us a few more surprises than we’re used to seeing from Hollywood’s A-List. From dreads to undercuts, contoured cheeks to blackened plum lipsticks, keep clicking to see the best, most beautiful, and (occasionally) surprising beauty looks at the 2015 Oscars.
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Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie is channeling old-school Michelle Pfeiffer with a razor-sharp, blonde bob, dark brows, and a red-hot lip. Easily the most buzzed about look of the red carpet, Robbie channeled some edgy glamour that stood out amongst a sea of soft updos and monochromatic makeup.

Makeup artist Tyron Machhausen contoured her cheeks using Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, followed by Luminous Light as a highlight on the cheekbones. For those bold brows, he used a combination of Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and in Soft Brunette to add natural dimension. Her lids were left bare with a thin line of gel liner on her lashline, and her lips were lined with Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven for an orange-red pout that we couldn’t look away from.
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Zendaya traded in her relatively new pixie for some pretty epic dreads on the Oscars' red carpet. Dreadlocks are a style that are massively underrepresented at this awards show, so we’re happy to see someone as cool as Zendaya showing the world how stunning and glamorous they can be.
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Scarlett Johansson
We did a massive double take when Scarlett Johansson made her way across our TV screen. Was that…? Did she…? After some careful rewinding and scrunching our faces close to the screen, we were delighted to see she had accentuated her swept back pompadour with shaved sides. No faux undercut for our girl ScarJo. She took the “go big or go home” approach, and we dig it.
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Chrissy Teigen
Usually when we see glamour waves and a dark lip on the red carpet, our first reaction is to snooze, but when Chrissy Teigen stepped out in that exact combo, we were anything but bored. Something about that bronde hair color and the divine nature of that deep, plum lip breathes new life into this beauty staple.
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Marion Cotillard
We can always count on Marion Cotillard to keep it classy on the red carpet. Her sleek, side-parted, rolled updo, subtle cat-eye, and pinkie-nude lip, courtesy of Ilia's Tinted Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady, were the epitome of sophistication.
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Faith Hill
Faith Hill’s pixie may not be brand new — she debuted it in November at the CMA’s — but it took us by surprise yet again. The deep, side-part paired with a strong brow, brown smoky eye, and nude lip was on point. Was anyone else having some major Anne Hathaway flashbacks?
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Cate Blanchett
An Oscars red carpet without Cate Blanchett would leave us feeling bereft. Thankfully, she didn’t put us through that emotional turmoil and graced us with her ethereal presence. Her windswept, high-volume updo was superb, as always, but we have to give props to makeup artist Jeanine Lobell for her radiant glow. Lobell wisely let Blanchett’s legendary skin take center stage with a gorgeous cheek glow. She used Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric in #306 to create a heavy contour. Rounding out the look was a mauve rose lip (Armani Lip Maestro in #500) and a “disco-inspired” smoky eye that used a spectrum of brown shades to accentuate Cate’s blue eyes.
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Keira Knightley
Leave it to Keira Knightley to make something as simple as soft waves look so spectacular. Her stylist, Ben Skervin, initially created this look sans curling iron. To do it, he applied Fekkai Blowout Primer on wet hair. He then took large sections of hair, twisted them from root to tip with his fingers, and blasted them with a blowdryer to create a loose, textured wave. Once all the twists were dry, he broke up the waves to give them “a more relaxed feel.”

After the initial textured waves were in place, he went in with GHD's Curve Classic Wave Wand, an oval-shaped curling iron, and curled the hair in two-inch sections, spritzing with hairspray to add hold. A quick brush-through and a spritz of texture spray added a “worn-in feel and easy texture.” We’re definitely trying that blowdryer trick first thing tomorrow.
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Rosamund Pike
We’ve been missing Rosamund Pike’s secret undercut, but she brought it out in a big way for the Oscars. Raking her locks back and up into a textured, slightly rumpled high bun, her growing-out shave was on full display. Paired with a bold brow and nude makeup, the overall effect was refreshingly understated amid all the in-your-face, mega-glam moments.
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Lupita Nyong’o
Everyone might have been buzzing about the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore, but we couldn’t tear our eyes away from her metallic lip. Rather than balance the pearlescence of her, well, pearl dress, makeup artist Nick Barose decided to amp it up with a metallic, smoky eye and an equally dazzling aubergine foiled lip, courtesy of Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Aubergine Velvet layered over Le Lipstique Lip Coloring Stick in Sheer Chocolate.
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Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick is America’s sweetheart (we dare you to contest that the girl is universally loved), and she brightened up the red carpet in a beautiful, peach dress. Her perfectly matched lipstick, defined eye, and loosely tousled, swept-back strands were the perfect complement.

Makeup artist Vanessa Scali used Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink for that flushed glow, then used Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Smolder from the lashline to crease and underneath the eye, with Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eyeliner in Black Violet on the top lashline, waterline, and outer corner of the lower lashes.

As for that updo, stylist Craig Gangi sprayed Bumble and bumble's soon-to-launch Surf Infusion (watch this space for more info on that big launch) onto wet hair, then diffused it with a blowdryer. After hair was dry, he used a 1/2-inch curling iron to "eliminate frizz and polish the wave." He then sectioned the hair and pulled it back into a French twist, pinning it into place and spraying with Does It All Styling Spray for a light hold — as Kendrick had to change her hairstyle for that opening musical number, he didn't want to use anything too sticky or strong for the red carpet.
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Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller continues to be an absolute delight on the red carpet, and we think this might be our favorite look yet. While her pink lips, contoured cheek, and exaggerated cat-eye were all worthy of applause, it was her ‘do we loved most. This is how you do wet look, people. Twisted back and separated, the soft-yet-structured rolls are a total slam dunk.
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Jennifer Hudson
We didn’t see nearly enough of Jennifer Hudson on the Oscars telecast, which is a shame because we wanted more time to fully appreciate that fierce, side-parted ‘do, golden smoky eye, and peachy pink lipstick. Perfection.
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Emma Stone
What would a red-carpet beauty roundup be without Emma Stone? Incomplete and a smidgen less delightful, that’s what. With an asymmetrical updo, glossy waves, and a pretty peach lipstick (courtesy of Revlon's Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Tulip layered over Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Rouge Candy), Stone continued her hot streak.
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Rita Ora
Making the case for clumpy lashes, we present to you: Rita Ora at the Oscars’ red carpet. The songstress kept her makeup monochromatic and her short, blonde strands slicked down, letting her mega-watt lashes do all the talking. We’re listening, Rita.
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Naomi Watts
We worship at the altar of Naomi Watts’ waves. They’re the most perfect, artfully disheveled, effortlessly elegant iteration of the style that exists today. Pair that with a luminescent eye, flushed cheeks, and deep purple lipstick (courtesy of makeup guru Pati Dubroff, who used L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Color in Violet Parfait), and you’ve got a standout look that’s worthy of our beauty adoration.
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