OK, The Oscars Beauty Looks Are Shockingly Great This Year

Elizabeth Denton
OK, The Oscars Beauty Looks Are Shockingly Great This Year
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We didn’t know what to expect from the Academy Awards this year. With everyone being home in sweats for more than a year, would stars go low-key or fully glam? It seems the latter based on the Oscar beauty looks for 2021. Virtually no one just phoned it in. Maybe being in matching sweatsuits started to get boring.

While it’s true celebs probably couldn’t wait to get dressed up, the Academy actually told award-goers they weren’t allowed to dress casually. It seems they didn’t appreciate all the chic PJs and hoodies at the Golden Globes. As much as we love the glam, it’s fun to see stars in more casual wear, too. But tonight, there’s nothing casual at the Los Angeles event. Drool over our favorites while we help you steal their looks with products you can buy now. And they’re not all pricey! Some you can literally grab on Amazon Prime. Score.

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Her natural rosy makeup looks so pretty against her bright yellow gown. Makeup artist Sheika Daley said in a statement that she wanted to give her client “clean, fresh skin and a natural look” to go with the boho gown. Daley used all Lancôme products (Zendaya is a face of the brand.) If you can’t stop looking at her brows—same. Daley used Lancôme Brow Shaping Powdery Pencil in Chocolate and Light Brown ($27 at Ulta) sealing it all in with Lancôme Sourcils Brow Gel Styler in Clear ($27 at Ulta).

Halle Berry oscars

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Halle Berry

Hello, bob! Berry debuts her shortest cut in years and fans are mixed on the results.

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Margot Robbie

We love a timeless low pony…but paired with her brand-new piece-y bangs? Who even cares about the dress?


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Reese Witherspoon

We love how Witherspoon’s rosy eyeshadow pops with her red Dior gown.

Ariana DeBose

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Ariana DeBose

Netflix’s The Prom star looked stunning in a side pony (a trend for the evening?). Her glam was done by makeup artist Carola Gonzalez using all E.L.F. cosmetics products so it’s surprisingly affordable! Our fave? The Camo CC Cream SPF 30 ($14 at Ulta) and Hydrating Camo Concealer ($6 at Ulta) making her skin glow.

Tiara Thomas

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Tiara Thomas

Can we get a round of applause for the singer’s flawless braids?

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It takes a true master to match your lipstick to the shade of your sunnies that perfectly.

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Angela Bassett

The blue eyeshadow is so unexpected but totally works. Bassett’s makeup was done by D’Andre Michael using Lancôme products, including Lancôme Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Bleu Hypnotique ($50 at Ulta) for that blue smokey eye. Her sleek hairstyle was created by hairstylist Randy Stodgill using GHD tools and Phyto products, including the Max Professional Wide Plate Styler ($210 at Ulta) and Phytospecific Baobab Oil Botanical Blend Oil ($43.69 at Walmart).

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Andra Day

This is exactly how you do an updo on curly hair. It’s stunning. Tony Medina created the look using GHD hair tools.

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Regina King

Her blunt bob never has a hair out of place. Hairstylist Larry Sims used the Tangle Teezer Scalp Exfoliator & Massager ($10 at Ulta), as well as Flawless by Gabrielle Union hair products.

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Maria Bakalova

The newcomer looks like a Hollywood veteran thanks to makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan. The red lipstick is Sisley-Paris Phyto-Levres Perfect Lip Liner in Ruby ($60 at Nordstrom) with Phyto Lip Twist in Tango ($50 at Nordstrom) on top. Her gorgeous blonde hair was done by Redken celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham.

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Carey Mulligan

We’re so happy to see the actress back on the red carpet! She first got her glow on with the CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask ($399 at CurrentBody). Then, makeup artist Georgie Eisdell used Chanel Beauty to give her a natural glam. We especially love the pink cheeks. Eisdell applied Chanel Beauty’s Powder Blush in Rose Écrin #68 ($45 at Nordstrom). Her perfect updo is thanks to Jenny Cho using René Furterer products, including the Modeling Paste for the twisted topknot, as well as GHD hair tools. Oh, and did you see her nails? Queenie Nguyen created the coolest reverse micro French mani.


Viola Davis oscara

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Viola Davis

The actress loves a pop of pink lip and we love her for it. This one is by Autumn Moultrie using L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti Feathering Lipliner ($8.59 at Amazon) in Cranberry and the shade Bold Orchid on the rest of the lips. Her curly updo was by longtime stylist Jamika Wilson using Matrix products, including Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold Hairspray ($18 at Ulta).

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Amanda Seyfried

Gen Z may think that side parts are over, but this classic, sidewise updo has officially convinced us that TikTok is wrong. The look was created by hairstylist Renato Compara using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer Professional edition ($449.99 at Dyson) and the Dyson Corrale straightener ($499.99 at Sephora). Compara used Fekkai hair products, including the CBD Calming Supreme Oil ($52 at Ulta) and Brilliant Gloss Perfecting Crème ($20 at Ulta).

For her glam, makeup artist Genevieve Herr used Lancôme products of course. (Seyfried is a face of the brand.) We’re especially drooling over the trendy rose eye makeup created with the Lancôme Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Fusion ($42.50 at Macy’s).

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Celeste Waite

Makeup artist Allan Avendaño used Sisley-Paris Sisleya Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation in shade 4.B ($185 at Nordstrom) to give the Waite that flawless complexion. Wow.

Renée Zellweger

We didn’t get a great look at Zellweger during the pre-show so we screamed when we saw how amazing she looked presenting. Makeup artist Dana Michelle Hamel prepped her skin with the Pause Well-Aging Fascia Stimulating Tool ($115 at Amazon). She then used La Mer skincare and Armani Beauty makeup with Lashify lashes.

Olivia Colman oscars

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Olivia Colman

Hairstylist Earl Simms gave Colman this cute, flipped-out ‘do, while makeup artist Polly Osmond did her glam with Dior makeup.

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Youn Yuh-jung, left, and Han Ye-ri

It’s hard to believe they don’t walk the red carpet every year. Both actresses look stunning but we’re especially loving Ye-ri’s sleek hair. Stylist Derek Yuen worked with her to create this sleek center part pulled into a chignon. He used Phyto hair products, including the Glossing Cream ($22.65 at Walmart).

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Emerald Fennell

The writer/director went matchy-matchy with her makeup and totally pulls it off. Her perfect beachy hair was done by stylist Sami Knight using Wella products. “To create Emerald’s gorgeous, easy-breezy springtime look I used a combination of smoothing and protecting products to create a beautiful style that looks healthy and shiny,” he said in a statement. Some of those products include the Wella EIMI Root Shoot ($19.50 at Ulta) and EIMI Perfect Me Lightweight Beauty Balm Lotion ($19.50 at Ulta).

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