There are hundreds of details that go into making one singular sensation on the red carpet at the Oscars. An actress's dress, jewels and stilettos are surely important. But we of course have our eyes on the makeup. We took a trip down memory lane to round up some of the best faces from Hollywood's biggest night of the year. Here are 10 of our favorite beauty looks from the Academy Awards.
Grace Kelly's Petal Pink Pout
When Grace Kelly won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1955, she wore a pop of pink on her lips. It was the focal point of her look and perfectly complemented her fair complexion and ice-blue gown. To get the look, try Maybelline Color Whisper in Pink Possibilities.
Elizabeth Taylor's Violet Eyes
At the 1970 Academy Awards, Elizabeth Taylor played up her famous violet eyes with smoky shadow and a chiffon dress in the same hue. The matchy-matchy look was just as stunning as the 69-carat pear-shaped diamond that accentuated her décolletage. To add more color to a smoky eye, try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shadow Quad in Hollywood Icon.
Madonna's Bombshell Beauty
Of course Marilyn Monroe had (and still has) one of the best and most iconic beauty looks of all time. We’d like to thank Madonna for replicating it in 1991. The Oscars are the perfect time to channel old-Hollywood glamour and Madonna nailed it with a signature red lip, lots of lashes and a flawless complexion. For the classic scarlet pout, try MAC Lipstick in Russian Red.
Michelle Williams's Showstopping Crimson Lips
It was an unlikely combination that made history: a mustard-hued Vera Wang frock and bright red lips. Michelle Williams owned this stunning look (above) in 2006. The contrasting colors perfectly suited each other. To emulate her showstopping smile, try YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Dazzling Color Lipstick in Rouge in Danger.
Keira Knightley's Smoldering Stare
Actress Keira Knightley is known for her piercing stare, but she turned it up a notch in 2006 with these smoldering eyes. Nude lipstick and sculpted cheekbones completed her sultry look. To create a mesmerizing stare, try Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette.
Penélope Cruz's Gilded Lids
She was the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar in 2009, and she looked radiant on the red carpet with gold lids and nude lips. The shadow hue beautifully highlighted her deep brown eyes and olive skin tone. For shimmering eyes, try MAC Eye Shadow in Gorgeous Gold.
Sandra Bullock's Fuchsia Pout
2010 was Sandra Bullock’s year. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side and thankfully had a stunning makeup look to go with her acceptance speech. Her bright fuchsia lipstick, an unexpected color for Bullock, took the forefront, complemented by a dust of matching pink blush and defined eyes. Love her lip color? Try YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Fuchsia Symbole.
Jennifer Hudson's Natural Cat Eye
Jennifer Hudson's 2010 Oscar look is a reminder that sometimes the best makeup is simply about highlighting your best asset. In this case, that asset was Hudson's eyes, which were accented with a stripe of winged black liner. For a red-carpet cat eye, try Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.
Scarlett Johansson's Fiery Eyes
The definition and color depth in Scarlett Johansson’s eyes at the 2011 Academy Awards is what makes this look a winner, especially when paired with a flush of color on the cheeks and a neutral glossy lip. To make your eyes a focal point, try Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Stromboli.
Angelina Jolie's Smoking Beauty
Even though 2012 was known as the year of "Angelina’s Right Leg," we couldn’t help but pay attention to her smokin'-hot makeup, comprised of precisely lined eyes and a glossy red pout. Job well done, Mrs. Jolie-Pitt! To achieve her lip look, try Giorgio Armani Gloss d'Armani Lip Gloss in 400.
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