Oscar Red Carpet Has Changed So Much In 10 Years

It’s hard to believe that 2007 was a full 10 years ago. We know what you’re thinking: Wait, that was 10 years ago? While it certainly feels like yesterday, take a quick look back at your favorite celebrities and it quickly becomes crystal clear just how much time has passed. To wit: A decade ago, the beauty trends we’ve come to know and love — matte red lips, contoured cheeks, bushy brows — were nowhere to be seen.

With the Academy Awards this coming Sunday we’re feeling a bit nostalgic to see what our favorite stars looked like back then. With a bit of digging we found some of the best throwback photos — maybe ever. In fact, besides Oscar red carpet mainstay Meryl Streep — she’s the exception, but more on that later — celebrities had very different beauty philosophies. Think: Shimmery shadow, loads of mascara (but not many false lashes), and a stable of soft lip colors ruled supreme. But what surprised us most is how understated these glamorous celebrities (and their pros) kept their look, even while gliding down the red carpet for the biggest night in Hollywood.

Click through to see 35 of your favorite stars — and how their beauty looks have evolved in ten years.


Anne Hathaway

This messy updo rocks on its own, but our favorite part of the look is the heavy liner and glossy lip. Also, is that early signs of the strobing trend we see?

Photo: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images.


Gwyneth Paltrow

One of our favorite in the lot, you could transport this look to 2017 without messing a beat — it’s that classic.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.


Jennifer Hudson

Hudson won big this year, but her monochromatic look stole the show.

Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images.


Emily Blunt

This was just months after we first fell in love with Blunt as her sassy character with the same name in the Devil Wears Prada.

Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images.


Kirsten Dunst

Bow down to the velvet red lip and nearly-bare skin.

Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images.


Lucy Liu

We think Liu was predicting the burnt orange makeup trend ten years ago — check out that matching cheek and lip combo!

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


Kate Winslet

Are we seeing a fresh-faced trend? It was all about flushed cheeks and radiant skin in 2007. (We need to know what foundation they were each using, like now.)

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi

Degeneres hosted the 2007 Oscars and while she rocked that velvet suit, her defined eyes and just-bitten lip color is what we’re looking at. Naturally, De Rossi looks like a bronzed goddess then, too.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


Katie Holmes

PSA: Holmes had contoured lips at the 2007 Oscars — a trend well before its time. Also, that solid pink shadow is taking our breath away.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


Jada Pinkett Smith

With a focus on a killer glow — both her skin and inner eyes are radiating here — Smith lit up the carpet.

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Amy Adams

Adams also kept it simple back in 2007. Instead of playing with a striking contour, common today, she went for a lined eye and cherry red lip stain.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


Christina Aguilera

And just when you thought you were back in 2017. Don’t get us wrong, Aguilera always looks amazing, but the piecey hair and thin brows are a dead giveaway on this one.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.


Zooey Deschanel

Lashes, lashes, and more lashes. We admire Deschanel for keeping those bangs for so many years — stay strong, girl.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images.


Naomi Campbell

We’re rarely disappointed with Campbell’s red carpet look — and this one is no exception. The ‘20s-inspired bob, bangs, and smoky eyes are stunning together.

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.


Nicole Kidman

Simple and understated, this cat-eye and sleek hair combination could easily live in 2017’s trend roll call.

Photo: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images.


Liv Tyler

If you need tips on how to rock blush on fair skin, look to Tyler — because this is it.

Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images.


Chloë Sevigny

Shatterbox star, Sevigny always looks French-girl chic without even trying — even in 2007.

Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images.


Ginnifer Goodwin

We’re not used to seeing Goodwin without her signature pixie cut, but we love taking a trip down memory lane with her heavy eye makeup, flushed cheeks, and polished updo.

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Victoria Beckham

Does Beckham age? We aren’t entirely sure yet, but we love seeing her rocking that signature A-line bob.

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.


Natalie Portman

Nominated this year for Best Actress for her role in Jackie, Portman was working a very different look in 2007. While a silver, smoky eye is not her go-to look these days, it worked quite well a decade ago.

Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images.


Elizabeth Banks

Banks’ red carpet look is subtle compared to her famous Hunger Games character Effie.

Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images.

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