Skip to main content Skip to header navigation

The best Oscars beauty moments of all time


As the fashion faithful prepare for the Olympics of beauty, aka the Oscars, we’re recapping a few of the most iconic Oscars beauty looks ever.


Best blowout

Photo credit:

By now, you’re likely familiar with our beauty crush on the lovely Jennifer Lawrence. But our love affair had to start somewhere, and we can pinpoint the exact moment: When she stepped out with this effortless blowout (and her curve-hugging red gown) to the 2011 Oscars.


Best cat eye

Jessica Chastain at the 2012 Oscars
Photo credit:

Has there ever been a more perfect cat eye? Possibly, but we haven’t seen one. Jessica Chastain’s flirty, perfectly lined cat eye from the 2012 Oscars was the perfect addition to her loose, wavy half-updo.


Best vintage look

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2009 Oscars
Photo credit: Apega/

Of course Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw to those of us obsessed with Sex and the City) would show up to the 2009 Oscars with the most perfect vintage beauty look. Her glossy curls, glowing skin and minimal makeup remind us of a simpler, more elegant time in beauty.


Best red lip

Amy Adams at the 2008 Oscars
Photo credit: Starbux/

We love a redhead who’s confident enough to rock a red lip. Amy Adams is always fearless with her beauty looks, so it was no surprise when she paired her glossy waves with a bold red lip for the 2008 Oscars.


Best natural hair

Viola Davis at the 2012 Oscars
Photo credit:

Beauty blogs everywhere erupted in joy when Viola Davis opted to let her locks go au natural at the 2012 Oscars. Paired with her gorgeous emerald gown, the hair really let Viola’s beautiful face take center stage.


Best overall makeup

Michelle Williams at the 2006 Oscars
Photo credit: Nikki Nelson/

Michelle Williams’s most shocking beauty move of all time? Chopping her hair into that amazing pixie. Her best Oscars beauty moment? This perfectly balanced look from 2006. The rosy red cheeks, bold red lip, subtle glow and perfect lashes combined to create one beauty look we won’t soon forget.


Best straight hair

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2007 Oscars
Photo credit: Nikki Nelson/

Some celebs are just known for their cool girl locks. Gwyneth Paltrow certainly does long, straight hair like no one else, but her glam take on the easygoing look in 2007 had us all staring. The key? The slight bounce and major shine!


Best updo

Mila Kunis at the 2011 Oscars
Photo credit:

There are some hairstyles you just never forget. Mila Kunis’ romantic, ethereal side chignon was the highlight of our 2011 Oscars experience. Oh yeah, and her flirty violet dress wasn’t too shabby either!


Best flirty makeup

Anne Hathaway at the 2013 Oscars
Photo credit: Apega/

After you cut your hair short, highlighting your features with makeup can become even more important. Anne Hathaway sure knows that, and showed off her gorgeous bone structure and pretty features with a flirty pink lip, glowing skin and bold brows at the 2013 Oscars.


Best ponytail

Reese Witherspoon's 2011 Oscars hairstyle
Photo credit:

Hey Barbie! Reese Witherspoon’s 2011 Oscars hairstyle reminded us a lot of our favorite childhood doll. Seriously, how can we get that unreal volume?

Tell us

Think we missed one? Tell us your all-time favorite Oscars beauty moment in the comments!

More celebrity beauty

Get the look: Kacey Musgraves’ Grammys hair
Get the look: Rita Ora’s Grammys hair
Anna Kendrick goes glam with sideswept ‘do

Leave a Comment