The Best Beauty at the 2015 Oscars

Emma Stone, Dakota Johnson and more.
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Emma Stone, Dakota Johnson and more.

Finally, they're here! The Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars, a.k.a. THE PINNACLE of awards season, took place in Los Angeles last night—with all the celebrity guests busting out their beauty A-game for the red carpet.

How'd they do? Here's your hair and makeup debriefing. (For all the Oscars after-party photos, see here.)

Emma Stone

Emma Stone, Oscars 2015

Emma Stone at the 2015 Oscars.

Emma Stone, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Emma Stone at the 2015 Oscars.

And this is why Emma is one of my beauty crushes (the original, I might add). This is fresh, pretty, yet a bit unexpected and quirky, thanks to the creamy pale orange lipstick and asymmetrical waves. I actually like that she's rocking her ultra-pale skin, with the barest sweep of peachy blush. Too bad about her eyebrow tails, but I think the makeup artist handled them as best as one can.

Emma is wearing:

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson, Oscars 2015

Dakota Johnson at the 2015 Oscars.

Dakota Johnson, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Dakota Johnson at the 2015 Oscars.

Dakota wore a ponytail. To the Oscars! On anyone else, it would be way too casual, but on her, I kinda love it. (I just really dig her laidback style right now. #sorrynotsorry) Her makeup is equally low-key, with a sheer strawberry stain on the lips and soft caramel tones around the eyes—no harsh lines at all.  

Dakota is wearing:

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard, Oscars 2015

Marion Cotillard at the 2015 Oscars.

Marion Cotillard, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Marion Cotillard at the 2015 Oscars.

What's the French word for perfection? Because Marion nailed her beauty look here, not that I expected anything else. The twisty updo is really fun (why can't more celebs do theirs like this?), and her makeup is fresh and pretty in pink. Yes, there are false lashes, but they are very tasteful.   

Marion is wearing:

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o, Oscars 2015

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Oscars.

Lupita Nyong'o, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Oscars.

Lupita's beauty game is especially strong here, with gleaming makeup that picks up on her incredible dress—fashioned from 6,000 (!!!) white pearls. It's hard to pick up the colours from this pic, but she is wearing silvery-turquoise shadow on her lids, both upper and lower, with a strong fuchsia lip. 

Lupita is wearing:

Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike, Oscars 2015

Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Oscars.

Rosamund Pike, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Oscars.

Rosamund did her bare-faced thing again, and I'm blown away. With her hair swept back (and her pretty hairline), there's no one feature that "pops" here in the traditional sense—and I love the modernity of that. (Recall that her makeup artist, Melanie Inglessis, has talked before about not always having to show off with makeup.) With the strapless red lace dress, it's a 2015 take on Grace Kelly style.

Rosamund is wearing:

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, Oscars 2015

Jessica Chastain at the 2015 Oscars.

Jessica Chastain, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the 2015 Oscars.

Jessica always looks fab on the red carpet, but this time is perhaps a little underwhelming compared to her previous standouts. I think it's just her hair—I preferred the touch more volume and bendiness of her Independent Spirit Awards style. But I get why she went straight and simple with this cleaveagey dress. Her skin looks amazing and the subtle makeup is pretty; she even gets away with the false lashes. And those gold inner corners add a bit of somethin'-somethin', right?

Jessica is wearing:

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie, Oscars 2015

Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars.

Margot Robbie, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Margot Robbie at the 2015 Oscars.

Holy stunning! Margot is back to blonde for this year's Oscars, and I'm so happy. I love the ease of her lobbed hairstyle paired with the strong, sexy makeup statement. Her darker, brushed-up full brows with the slightly overdrawn, matte orange-red lip are a little '80s (in a good way).

Margot is wearing:

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, Oscars 2015

Kerry Washington at the 2015 Oscars.

Kerry Washington, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Kerry Washington at the 2015 Oscars.

Looks like Kerry toned down the brow pencil compared to the night before, which is good. But still the over-the-top false lashes, and I don't get it. She doesn't need them! The pale pink lip is gorgeous on her, and if I'm not mistaken, there's a tiny bit of pink shadow under her eyes, too. Skin is flawless and radiant just like always, and her hair looks great worn down and all sleek.

Kerry is wearing:

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, Oscars 2015

Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 Oscars.

Reese Witherspoon, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 Oscars.

Reese looks gorgeous—very glam but also very natural. The big Hollywood waves in her hair become a little more chic with a centre part and tucked behind both ears. Makeup is all about her perfect skin, with soft browns on the eyes, natural lashes and a touch of pink on lips and cheeks.

Reese is wearing:

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller, Oscars 2015

Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars.

Sienna Miller, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Sienna Miller at the 2015 Oscars.

You know me—usually I think Sienna can do no wrong—but this time is an exception, because I really don't like this eyeshadow. It feels too strong, too unblended, too brown. I would've preferred just the sweep of black liner, or even the almost-bare face she rocked at the 2013 Oscars. I do think she looks great with her hair back, and the nudey lip colour is nice. (Side note: Are those untrimmed nose hairs? Stars! They're just like us!)

Sienna is wearing: 

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones, Oscars 2015

Felicity Jones at the 2015 Oscars.

Felicity Jones, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Felicity Jones at the 2015 Oscars.

We've seen this all before on Felicity, but it's still great. The soft makeup shows off the insane condition of her skin, with bare-ish lips, peach cheeks and subtly smoky eyes. Bangs soften the updo and keep the focus on her eyes.

Felicity is wearing:

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley, Oscars 2015

Keira Knightley at the 2015 Oscars.

Keira Knightley, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Keira Knightley at the 2015 Oscars.

Keira's been at her all-time beauty best during this awards season, agreed? Even though this lighting isn't great, you can still appreciate the subtlety of the "you only better" makeup—it's all completely seamless with no detectable lines. (This is the kind of thing I would've preferred on Sienna.) I'm not sure about the cutesy headband, but her hair looks gorgeously healthy and touchable.

Keira is wearing:

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, Oscars 2015

Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Oscars.

Jennifer Lopez, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Oscars.

Oh nooo. I guess nobody wanted to tell JLo that reddish tones in giant circles surrounding your eyes is not a good look, because she's gone and done it again (here's the first time we saw it, if you need a refresher). As if that weren't bad enough, we have a goopy application of clashing fluoro pink lip gloss, false lashes and way too much bronzer. I don't get it.

Jennifer is wearing:

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson, Oscars 2015

Scarlett Johansson at the 2015 Oscars.

Scarlett Johansson, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Scarlett Johansson at the 2015 Oscars.

Weird. Scarlett's hair colour looks brown here, when it was platinum blonde just 24 hours earlier. I think I prefer her blonde... and ginormous necklace-free. The makeup, however, I can get behind 100 percent. Similar to Keira Knightley's, it's all very blended, soft and seamless, with natural lashes and a lovely stained lip. (Tweezers needed for that one upper lip hair, though! Oh well... it happens.)

Scarlett is wearing: 

Chloë Moretz

Chloe Moretz, Oscars 2015

Chloë Moretz at the 2015 Oscars.

Chloe Moretz, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Chloë Moretz at the 2015 Oscars.

Love! Chloë's beauty look is soft and age-appropriate—and I'm especially into the eyeshadow echoing the blush tone of the lips and cheeks. (Super-pretty, right?) Hair worn loose with a smidgen of texture works well to tone down the formality of the strapless floral dress.

Chloë is wearing:

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston, Oscars 2015

Jennifer Aniston at the 2015 Oscars.

Jennifer Aniston, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Jennifer Aniston at the 2015 Oscars.

Nice! This is the glowy, golden-tressed Jennifer we all know and love (not her Golden Globes look). She remained true to her California-girl style with hair worn loose, softly layered and expertly highlighted around her face. Makeup is equally casual—just blush, lashes, a bit of brow definition and sheer gloss.

Jennifer is wearing:

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick, Oscars 2015

Anna Kendrick at the 2015 Oscars.

Anna Kendrick, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Anna Kendrick at the 2015 Oscars.

Anna looks pretty, if a bit boring and princessy. (She has such a cool, laid-back style when she's off the red carpet—so her dressy looks are a bit of a disconnect for me.) Girl has ridonk good skin, and I love the blush here; it looks like it's coming from within. Nice soft updo, lips and brows, but the waterlining is perhaps a bit harsh.

Anna is wearing:

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, Oscars 2015

Nicole Kidman at the 2015 Oscars.

Nicole Kidman, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Nicole Kidman at the 2015 Oscars.

Oh wow, this is the best Nicole has looked beauty-wise in a very long time—I'm impressed! The new, shorter, straighter and blunter haircut makes a huge difference. So do the fuller, darker brows and the sophisticated makeup in peachy tones that pick up on her hair colour. She doesn't look too frozen here; in fact, I'd say her skin looks pretty darn incredible.

Nicole is wearing:

Zoë Saldana

Zoe Saldana, Oscars 2015

Zoë Saldana at the 2015 Oscars.

Zoe Saldana, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Zoë Saldana at the 2015 Oscars.

Post-pregnancy, Zoë looks so curvy and glowy. Her wavy updo is so romantic, and I'm loving the natural pink lips and blush. If only the eye makeup was different. Mainly, I don't like the white in the waterlines. And I'd probably tone down the brown eyeshadow a bit.

Zoë is wearing: 

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Oscars 2015

Cate Blanchett at the 2015 Oscars.

Cate Blanchett, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Cate Blanchett at the 2015 Oscars.

With skin this perfect, I don't blame Cate at all for keeping things simple. The blush has a wonderful second-skin effect, and the lip colour enhances without stealing the show. She wisely kept her lashes natural, with the teensiest smudged line underneath the lower lashes to define her eyes. Her updo looks windblown and effortless.

Cate is wearing:

Rita Ora

Rita Ora, Oscars 2015

Rita Ora at the 2015 Oscars.

Rita Ora, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Rita Ora at the 2015 Oscars.

I wasn't feeling Rita's new short haircut at the Grammys, but this sleek, side-parted style is much more flattering. I could do without the false lashes and the heavy blush, but overall this isn't bad—it's a cute nod to the 1960s.

Rita is wearing:

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts, Oscars 2015

Naomi Watts at the 2015 Oscars.

Naomi Watts, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Naomi Watts at the 2015 Oscars.

I love that Naomi did a few subtle tweaks to her usual style here. First, the hair (I love the hair): instead of the predictable retro Hollywood curls, she did an angled wavy lob with a roughed-up texture. Then, a purplish lip replaces her usual red without looking too deep and Gothic.

Naomi is wearing:

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, Oscars 2015

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Oscars.

Julianne Moore, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Julianne Moore at the 2015 Oscars.

So romantic and pretty! I'm glad Julianne decided to wear her hair up this time—it really shows off her beautiful skin, and she still has that flattering sweep of hair across her forehead to add drama. Makeup is a bit punchier this time, with a berry lip stain, matching blush and bolder lashes. But the false lashes aren't perfect; they seem uneven.

Julianne is wearing:

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Oscars 2015

Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars.

Lady Gaga, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Lady Gaga at the 2015 Oscars.

Well, I suppose it's more toned-down than her usual. Lady Gaga actually looks pretty, in a Gaga way, with her pale skin, red lips and fluttery lashes. (She knows how to rock the falsies the right way.) Not loving her hair or the brows.

Lady Gaga is wearing:

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen, Oscars 2015

Chrissy Teigen at the 2015 Oscars.

Chrissy Teigen, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Chrissy Teigen at the 2015 Oscars.

I am soooo obsessed with Chrissy's hair right now, and how impressively she's styling it—first there were the next-level beachy waves at the Grammys, and now she's done modern, touchable retro waves. They go great with the glossy, vampy lips and strong but soft brows. Her skin is super-luminous... perhaps a bit too luminous.

Chrissy is wearing:

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson, Oscars 2015

Jennifer Hudson at the 2015 Oscars.

Jennifer Hudson, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Jennifer Hudson at the 2015 Oscars.

Darn, the false lashes strike again! They're wreaking havoc with what is otherwise a spot-on beauty look from Jennifer. The gold eyeshadow, subtle waterlining, natural brows and coral lips are all fantastic. And she still looks great in the short hair.

Jennifer is wearing:

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne, Oscars 2015

Kelly Osbourne at the 2015 Oscars.

Kelly Osbourne, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Kelly Osbourne at the 2015 Oscars.

Kelly's purple unicorn hair is back (I guess it was just cleverly hidden at the Grammys). So are her usual extreme lashes and drawn-on brows. What can I say that hasn't been said before? The lip colour seems okay. 

Kelly is wearing:

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscars 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Oscars.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Oscars.

Even Gwyneth is starting to dabble in false lashes, I see. What a shame! Hers seem extra-fake looking, and it's quite distracting (but then again, so are the earrings and that enormous rosette). I would've preferred no jewellery and instead of the lashes, a bright lip. A bit more brow definition also. Nice to see a natural, non-Botoxed forehead though!

America Ferrera

America Ferrera, Oscars 2015

America Ferrera at the 2015 Oscars.

America Ferrera, Oscars 2015

Close-up of America Ferrera at the 2015 Oscars.

America did the same hairstyle as Reese Witherspoon, and it seems fine, although maybe a bit too flat on top. The makeup is okay, but would've been nice not to play it so safe... a stronger orange mouth, perhaps (instead of the earrings)? She has gorgeous full lips, so why not play them up.

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung, Oscars 2015

Jamie Chung at the 2015 Oscars.

Jamie Chung, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Jamie Chung at the 2015 Oscars.

Jamie is such a cutie, but I badly want to brush out her waves. It looks like she just curled and left, with no tszujing them into place. Her makeup is pretty... somehow I don't mind the lashes here, and I like how she handled her brows.

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman, Oscars 2015

Zendaya Coleman at the 2015 Oscars.

Zendaya Coleman, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Zendaya Coleman at the 2015 Oscars.

Another red carpet, another new hairstyle for Zendaya. This is probably the nicest and most subtle I've ever seen her makeup look. Nice highlighting around the eyes, soft contouring, glossy natural lips and gorgeous thick brows. (Not sure they need to be so pointy on the tails, though?)

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez, Oscars 2015

Gina Rodriguez at the 2015 Oscars.

Gina Rodriguez, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Gina Rodriguez at the 2015 Oscars.

I'm not sure about Gina's hairstyle. I love me a good side bun, and I do dig 1960s style, but I think the bouffant action here is too much. It's too big, solid and stiff-looking, like you'd touch it and it would feel crispy with hairspray. Fortunately, the makeup is good: natural lashes, flattering pinky-nude lips and peachy blush.

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles, Oscars 2015

Solange Knowles at the 2015 Oscars.

Solange Knowles, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Solange Knowles at the 2015 Oscars.

I always love seeing Solange's hair doing its thing. The red lips are also great on her, as are her natural brows—but the heavy eye makeup ruins it for me. If only she didn't have that harsh black pencil rimming her eyes, or the false lashes, this would've been super-stylish.

Génesis Rodriguez

Genesis Rodriguez, Oscars 2015

Génesis Rodriguez at the 2015 Oscars.

Genesis Rodriguez, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Génesis Rodriguez at the 2015 Oscars.

I've never heard of Génesis before this, but whoa! Is she ever beautiful. She really pulls off this brownish colour palette; I also like that she paired the burgundy lipstick with just upper lashes and brown shadow. No liner—it's not always needed.

Karolína Kurková

Karolina Kurkova, Oscars 2015

Karolína Kurková at the 2015 Oscars.

Karolina Kurkova, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Karolína Kurková at the 2015 Oscars.

When you've got model height and features, plus the body of a ballet dancer (how did I not notice Karolína's super-long neck before?), you can show up to the Oscars with the most minimalist of hairstyles and makeup. Life's not fair.

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic, Oscars 2015

Giuliana Rancic at the 2015 Oscars.

Giuliana Rancic, Oscars 2015

Close-up of Giuliana Rancic at the 2015 Oscars.

And we conclude this year's Oscars coverage with Giuliana, who is actually looking a little healthier this time compared to the Globes. (Mind you, I am still seriously concerned for her.) The darker hair colour is a huge improvement, and I like the matchy-matchy red lips—I don't think we've seen red on her before? But my goodness, the bottom false lashes are a beauty WTF if there ever was one. And lady needs to ease up on the contouring BIG TIME.

Have Your Say

Who had the best look on this red carpet? The worst? Would you copy any of these looks?