Get the look: Here are the major beauty and hair trends from the Oscars

Emma Stone
Emma Stone is wearing an embellished Givenchy dress harking back to the flapper era. Though we are not in love with the color of the dress, we’re smitten with everything else about it. And for that, Emma earned the gold on our best-dressed list.
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The red carpet is a place where actresses are often referred to as goddesses because of their glittering gowns, flowing hair, chiseled cheekbones or statuesque frame (sometimes it’s because of all of the above). As it was Sunday at the 89th Academy Awards, where when it came to hair and makeup, goddess accurately summed up the night’s beauty.

Palettes of nude, bronze and peach were popular, no doubt to play off the many white and gold gowns worn.

Naomie Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Biel, Chrissy Teigen and Karlie Kloss all went for subtle golden glows, ranging from blush to bronze.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel is wearing a Kaufman Franco gown with Tiffany & Co. jewels. The gold metallic camo look is interesting, for sure, but a little too C-3PO’s sister for our tastes, which made it one of our least favorite looks of the night.

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These makeup looks are super easy to wear every day, and are perfect for spring, especially the easy-to-wear shades of nude.
Newby Hands, beauty director for Net-a-Porter’s Porter Magazine

Makeup artist Pati Dubroff applied two nude hues from Laura Mercier to Chopra’s lips, Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Sensual and Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm in Amaretto Swirl, to achieve the sexy blush shade so prevalent at the awards show.

“These makeup looks are super easy to wear every day, and are perfect for spring, especially the easy-to-wear shades of nude,” said Newby Hands, beauty director for Net-a-Porter’s Porter Magazine. 

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson knows how to steal a scene. She wore a custom off-the-shoulder navy velvet Alberta Ferretti gown, dazzling Nirav Modi statement necklace and Jimmy Choo shoes and bag. Henson perfectly captured the retro rewind vibe of the 2017 Oscars red carpet -- and captured a place toward the top of our best-dressed list.

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“In terms or peach, it is the shade that every makeup artist uses as their secret weapon, as it helps the skin look fresh and the eyes look bright,” Hands added. “It flatters almost every skin tone. You can achieve this look by blending peach shadow over the eyelid and finishing it with black liquid liner and black mascara. The French call this the St. Tropez eye, because it looks so pretty, summery and polished.”

Naomie Harris, from left, Karlie Kloss and Chrissy Teigen.
Naomie Harris, from left, Karlie Kloss and Chrissy Teigen.
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When the makeup wasn’t nude or peach, it dipped into the deeper end of the palette, bringing burgundy and intense ruby hues to the forefront.

No one showcased this better than Ruth Negga, whose stunning red Valentino gown clearly set the tone for a look that is no doubt already topping many best dressed lists.

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga is wearing a custom-made red Valentino dress and Irene Neuwirth jewelry. Negga looks like a queen in such a regal ensemble, which is why she reigns on our best-dressed list.

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The custom-made headpiece by L.A.-based Irene Neuwirth using Gemfields rubies sat atop her cropped curly hair like a crown, and the intense burgundy tones of her makeup effortlessly anchored the glittering accessory and the drop earrings and ring that accompanied them.

“My inspiration was ‘fierce pagan goddess,’” said Negga’s makeup artist, Mélanie Inglessis. “We agreed on an earthy matte, smoky eye and a matte ruby lip. We went for a full look.”

In addition to the burgundy Inglessis painted on Negga’s lips (a combo of Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Rouge Profound with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Expérimenté), the makeup artist also brushed burgundy mascara on the actress’ eyelashes.


“I always love a burgundy mascara on the bottom lashes and classic black on the top,” she said. “I used Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Rouge Noir and Noir.”

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst is wearing a custom Christian Dior Haute Couture dress (extra points for the pockets!), Niwaka diamond necklace and earrings, and Christian Lacriox shoes. She’s also carrying a Roger Vivier clutch -- all the way to our best-dressed list. 

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Another deep burgundy beauty moment that turned heads was Emma Stone’s lip color, a hue called Mona by Nars Cosmetics that her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin,  describes as “brick” and also a shade that set a nice contrast to Stone’s gold Givenchy gown.

The goddess moment continued with the tousled, loose and flowing hair that so many actresses opted for. Whether worn up or down, the key was effortless and practically undone. And in step with Negga, Salma Hayek and Janelle Monáe also wore goddess-worthy jeweled hair accessories.

And when it came to the actual hair, Isabelle Huppert, Kirsten Dunst, Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson and Nicole Kidman all went for perfectly imperfect styles with a less formal vibe.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander is a picturesque vision of romance and glamour in Louis Vuitton. Her little black dress made a big statement and catapulted her onto the best-dressed list.

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“Many actresses opted for soft, romantic, uncontrived hairstyles which had a young and playful feeling,” said Tina Malhotra, a hairstylist at L’Appartement Hair Salon in New York. “I found it refreshing to see how many women let loose when it came to their hair.”

Taraji P. Henson’s hairstylist, Tymothe Wallace (for Dove hair care), created a glamorous bob he says was inspired by Diahann Carroll. Dunst sported a similar style with her hair tucked up into a textured, tousled bob, making her ’50s-inspired gown feel more modern.


Halle Berry’s hair wasn’t as tousled as it was a bit wild and a far cry from the gamine pixie cut she made famous back in the late 1990s.

Halle Berry

We like Halle Berry. And we like Versace. But the usually stunning Berry fell as flat as her hair stood high in this Atelier Versace ensemble.

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Celebrity hairstylist Castillo gave Berry this new look using MOP curl cream and the T3 Featherweight Luxe blow dryer with a diffuser.

“Halle wanted to create a wild and free look with her natural hair,” said the hairstylist. “It was unconventional for the red carpet but a look that perfectly suits Halle’s wild and free spirit.”

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is wearing an Alaia dress with an edgy studded black belt. This look is a bit confusing and feels too casual for the Academy Awards. Therefore, Scarlett earned a timeout on our worst-dressed list. 

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More free-spirited styles were seen on others. Scarlett Johansson sported shaved sides and a dollop of longer hair that curled just so atop her head.

And Charlize Theron’s punk-inspired ponytail, created by Enzo Angileri using GHD brand tools, had a frothy wave similar to Johannson’s but clearly served one purpose: to keep her hair off her face to show the enormous Chopard diamond earrings dangling from her ear lobes.

That was a goddess and true Hollywood moment if there ever was one.

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
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