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The 16 Best Oscars Beauty Looks of All Time

Vogue logo Vogue 2/23/2019 Patricia Garcia

Dakota Johnson wearing a red and white dress: Dakota Johnson 2015 © Photo: Getty Images Dakota Johnson 2015 While all eyes will be on the dresses that nominees such as Lady Gaga and Amy Adams will be wearing come Oscar night, history has shown that an actress’s beauty look carries equal importance. It's that finishing touch that can take a look from beautiful to unforgettable, overworked to ineffably effortless. For example, it’s nearly impossible to remember Michelle Williams’s canary yellow Vera Wang gown without recalling just how perfectly it contrasted with her crimson red lip. Or how Marion Cotillard’s shimmering scalloped Jean Paul Gaultier dress shone brighter against her glossy side-parted waves.

Dakota Johnson made her Academy Awards debut with a bold red single-strap Saint Laurent gown offset by a youthful ponytail, a smudged smoky eye, and a simple wash of lip stain. Both Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o found timeless winning looks via glowing décolletage echoed by a thin shimmering headband. Gwyneth Paltrow was ever the minimalist with a simple, side-slicked chignon. And Lauren Hutton’s golden glow and laid-back waves were the stuff of naturalist dreams. From Elizabeth Taylor’s bold brows and expertly delineated lipstick to Winona Ryder’s '20s-inspired pixie, here, 16 beauty moments to inspire this year’s Academy Awards attendees—and proof that you don’t have to take home an Oscar to go down in red carpet history.

Dakota Johnson wearing a red and white dress: Dakota Johnson 2015

Dakota Johnson 2015
© Photo: Getty Images

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