The Best Red-Carpet Beauty Moments

Listen, let’s just all pause and acknowledge the fact that throughout awards season, Hollywood’s A-list starlets rock their second and third best beauty looks at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, respectively. But, the Oscars is when everyone collectively and furtively brings their Pentagon-levels-of-protected beauty A-game sashaying down the red carpet, including the best bouffants, braids, and bold lips. 

In anticipation of this year’s 86th Academy Awards, we’re celebrating this year’s best actress and best supporting actress nominees’ most ravishing red-carpet moments throughout the years. Here, phenomenal beauty moments for all the women that have made us laugh and cry, from Sandra Bullock to Meryl Streep. Walk with us down beauty memory lane, right this way!

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Amy Adams, Best Actress nominee for American Hustle
Here, Adams’ signature lengthy, mermaid-esque strands skew more strawberry blonde, offsetting a natural eye-makeup look and rose-stained lips.

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By 2011, Adams’ sultry evolution was complete. To the 2011 Met Gala, Adams donned her deepauburn locks in a dramatic plaited updo paired with a smoked-out stare and a punchy pout.

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In a very Veronica Lake moment, Adams cut her long locks to just below the shoulder and scored a smooth, gleaming blowout yielding major shine. Here, she’s once again rocking minimal makeup, save for defined lashes and a rosy-pink lip.

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Cate Blanchett, Best Actress nominee for Blue Jasmine
Blanchett is giving us Gwyneth-inspired realness with a platinum pixie and monotone makeup in a blush hue used on the lids, cheeks, and lips.

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For the Oscars in 2005, Blanchett pairs a goldenrod dress with classic, Old Hollywood waves at the shoulder, a clean swipe of black liner, and red-orange lips.

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In 2014, Blanchett favors the formality of an updo, here opting for a side-parted blonde chignon,copper lids, and a neutral pink pout.

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Sandra Bullock, Best Actress nominee for Gravity
In 2006, Bullock boasted beachy, highlighted locks blown straight and left loose in a long bob. For her face, she wore a healthy allotment of highlighter on the lids and a shimmery pink pout.

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A banged-out Bullock channels Emily the Strange in the chicest way possible at the 2011 Golden Globes. Her dramatic blunt bangs provide a gorgeous frame for her gray smoky eyes and peachy lips.

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Bullock goes glam with grown-out bangs, a side-parted wavy chestnut-colored chignon paired with Dynasty blush, minimal eye adornment and a hot red lip moment.

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Meryl Streep, Best Actress nominee for August: Osage County
Streep’s wispy bangs and flaxen strands shine, offsetting coppery neutral eyeshadow and a matte brown-reddish lip that was oh-so popular in the ‘90s.

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Streep styles in a center-parted, blonde updo paired with cinnamon-hued shadow and tropical pink lips.

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Meryl in metal! The actress’ 2012 Oscars gold dress looked stunning paired with gold baubles, warm-hued eyeshadows, and a glossed nude lip.

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Judi Dench, Best Actress nominee for Philomena
Dench donned a dramatic silver gown paired with a side-parted crop, hot-house-flower pink lids and glossy red lipstick.

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At the 2001 Oscars, Dench wore a patterned red dress with metallic rose lips and flushed cheeks paired with her perfectly styled pixie ‘do.

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Here, Dench sashayed down the red carpet with a brown pixie, Audrey Hepburn-esque bangs, groomed brows, and lilac lids paired with a medium pink pout.

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Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress nominee for American Hustle
At the 2011 Oscars, Lawrence went for bombshell beauty in a stunningly simple red dress, flowing blonde mane, smoked-out lids, and a nude lip.

 

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Color chameleon Lawrence debuted sleek raven strands, offsetting sultry liquid-lined lids and ravishing red lips.

 

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Possibly the most dramatic hair evolution throughout the years, 2014 is all about Lawrence’s fringe-adorned dimensional blonde pixie. For the Golden Globes this year, the actress paired her cute crop with subtle pink shadow, mega liner, and vinyl-shiny red lips.

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Julia Roberts, Best Supporting Actress nominee for August: Osage County
Layers were practically a prerequisite in the times of “The Rachel,” and here, Roberts sports a similar coif dazzling with dimension, thanks to some strategically placed golden-blonde highlights. Simple eye makeup, a pop of pink blush, and rosy lips adorning her signature Mona Lisa smile complete the look.

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This was perhaps one of the most stunning red-carpet looks EVER. Here, at the 2001 Oscars, the winner wore a vintage Valentino dress complemented with a masterfully knotted updo with volume like whoa, black liner, rosy lips, and, of course, her signature smile.

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Channeling a modern Elvira Hancock of Scarface fame, Roberts rolled up to this year’s SAG Awards in a pink jumpsuit, punctuated by wavy ombre hair and metallic eye makeup paired with a neutral pink lip.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Best Supporting Actress nominee for 12 Years a Slave
The breakout star’s best look by far was the 2014 Golden Globes rockin’ red Ralph Lauren moment, which was the sartorial equivalent of a mic drop. She punctuated the look with a side-parted ‘do, gleaming golden eye makeup, and a vibrant peach lip.

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At the 2014 SAG Awards, the winner defied the matchy-matchy rule with turquoise-adorned eyes that coordinated with her exquisite gown and gravity-defying hairstyle.

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For the Producers’ Guild Awards 2014, Nyong’o chose an earthy palette with ‘90s-style maroon lipstick and peach lids.

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Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actress nominee for Blue Jasmine
In 2009, the actress donned a sultry black dress, a classy updo, chocolate-brown eye makeup, and a peach-toned nude lip.

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Hawkins is wearing that ‘do and not letting it wear her — in a wavy, shoulder-length brunette style with lots of body, sultry eyes, pink-flushed cheeks, and nude lips.

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Here at the 2014 Golden Globes, the sassy brunette looks beautifully Botticelli-an in a wavy updo, dramatic eyes, pink cheeks, and a mauve pout.

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June Squibb, Best Supporting Actress nominee for Nebraska
For the Nebraska premiere, Squibb sauntered down the red carpet in a platinum bob with a fierce fringe complemented by orchid-hued eyeshadow and creamy rose lipstick.

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The Nebraska star looked beautiful at the 2014 Golden Globes in softly sweeping bangs, a scarlet dress, and matching red lips.

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At the 2014 Ace Eddie Awards, Squibb donned a black-and-white dress, opting for a hot pink pout and slate-lined lids.

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