Intricate updos, shimmering eyelids and rosy tones dominated the not-so-red carpet.
When it comes to awards season, nothing quite compares to the glitz and glamour of the Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night not only celebrates the crème de la crème in film but also serves as a runway for the most unforgettable beauty looks of the year. And the Oscars 2023 beauty looks did not disappoint.
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With A-listers like Michelle Yeoh, Rihannna and Lady Gaga in attendance, it’s no surprise that this year’s crop of looks were nothing short of jaw-dropping. From sculptural hair moments spotted on Ashley Graham, Halle Bailey and Danai Gurira to Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Olsen’s modern takes on Old Hollywood glamour, the who’s who of Tinseltown pulled out all the stops on the champagne (yes, champagne!) carpet.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the very best hair and makeup looks from the 95th Academy Awards.
Halle Bailey’s loc updo
The Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey served Disney princess in the most Oscar-worthy way, pairing her floaty powder blue tulle gown with an ethereal loc updo, fluttering lashes and matte skin.
Stephanie Hsu’s Barbiecore beauty
In another excellent hair moment, Hsu floated across the champagne carpet in a bubblegum pink Valentino number and the loveliest side-swept curls. Oscars newcomer Tsu, who scored a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, completed the look with shimmering lids, a slick of pink lipstick and glowing skin.
Florence Pugh’s sculptural updo
Can we officially crown Florence Pugh the queen of the artistic updo? Absolutely we can. The British star wore her signature blonde locks in a dramatic twist that doubled as a chic micro-fringe. To finish the look, Pugh sported a tiny cat-eye flick with fluttering lashes and a subtle pink lip.
Angela Bassett’s monochromatic moment
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star and Oscar nominee Angela Bassett was the picture of regal elegance, donning an electrifying purple Moschino gown that matched her lilac lids perfectly. And of course, we would be remiss not to mention Bassett’s voluminous curls, which added plenty of wow factor to the look.
Ana De Armas’ glittering lids
Pink was truly having a moment this Oscars evening, as Best Actress nominee Ana de Armas stunned onlookers with delightfully sparkly rose-gold lids and a shimmering pink lip. De Armas finished the look with sleek center-parted hair and a dazzling metallic Louis Vuitton gown that was simply *chef’s kiss*.
Leave it to Rihanna to give an absolute masterclass in Academy Awards glam. The newly minted Oscar nominee and mom-to-be stole the show with a spiky-slick updo, shimmering eyelids, scarlet lips and rosy blush. Add this look to your Pinterest board, stat.
Fan Bingbing’s Hollywood glam
Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing oozed old school red carpet glamour with her ultra-dramatic emerald green cape and sparkly silver gown. And while we can go on forever about the ’fit, it was the hair and makeup that truly knocked it out of the park. Bingbing’s timeless finger waves, smoked-out shadow, dramatic wing and knockout red lip created a beauty moment for the books.
Jessica Chastain’s classic elegance
Oscar presenter Jessica Chastain brought the red carpet back to life with a swipe of Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade (wait for it) Red Carpet Red. To add to her golden glow, MUA Kristofer Buckle used Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Glow Glide Highlighter in Moonlit Glow and a dab of the brand’s latest Matte Beauty Blush Wand in the shade Peach Pop. Perfection.
Danai Gurira’s sky-high updo
There’s only one word to describe Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Danai Gurira’s Oscars updo: exquisite. The look, inspired by traditional African hairstyles, was created by hair legend Larry Sims, and is reminiscent of Lupita Nyong’o’s equally excellent beehive-esque updo created by Vernon Francois last year.
Andie MacDowell’s au naturel locks
If you’re looking for a sign to grow out your grey, let this be it. Red carpet regular Andie MacDowell, who brought her daughter Rainey Qualley to the event, wore her signature silver curls in a laid-back chignon that defined easy elegance. The sophisticated hairdo added a touch of softness to her edgy kohl-rimmed eyes, metallic shadow and rosy red lip.