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Oscars 2021: The Hair and Makeup Looks Everyone Will Be Talking About

Even with a paired-back carpet, some serious looks were pulled.

It’s been a strange awards season to say the least. and it finally comes to a close with the Oscars 2021. While the Academy Awards’ was the closest to a normal red carpet we’ve seen so far—there was an actual red carpet!—it was definitely still paired back, as only nominees and presenters were in attendance. However, the limited capacity certainly didn’t stop looks from being turned, and the celebs that made an appearance pulled out all the stops.

The Oscars are always a bit more formal in the hair and makeup department than other award shows—this is where classic updos and red lipsticks really shine—and tonight was no exception. But the Oscars 2021 red carpet felt particularly glam after a season of stars Zooming in from their couches.

Lipstick is back in a big way, as proven by Amanda Seyfried’s and Maria Bakalova’s bold shades. Meanwhile, Emerald Fennell and Regina King brought it in the eye shadow department. And that was just in the first 30 minutes. Here are our favorite hair and makeup looks from the Oscars 2021 red carpet, below.

Amanda Seyfried

Seyfried channeled her Mank character and really brought it with the classic Hollywood glam. Her deep wine lip and her low bun are everything.

Regina King

The way the subtle blue tones in King’s eyeshadow mirror her gorgeous dress is downright magical. And don’t even get us started on that killer bob.


Zendaya looks like a true goddess with waist-length hair and minimal makeup. Her makeup artist, Sheika Daley, wanted to keep things neutral to balance out the bold dress and used Lancôme Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Terre De Sienne and French Nude to add subtle definition to her eyes.

Reese Witherspoon

Take notes on this bronzy smokey eye situation. It’s going to be your go-to come summer.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis’s pile of natural curls and her bright pink lips—courtesy of L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti Feathering Lipliner in Bold Orchid—are the perfect complement to her insanely good Alexander McQueen gown.

Margot Robbie

If you haven’t cut your own quarantine bangs yet, Robbie makes a great case for it with a surprise fringe moment.

Carey Mulligan

Upgrade your go-to French twist from a claw clip to hidden pins for a carpet-worthy look like Mulligan’s.

Angela Bassett

A navy smokey eye is much more unexpected than traditional black. For Bassett’s Cleopatra-inspired look, makeup artist D’Andre Michael used Lancôme Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Bleu Hypnotique and Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony.

Laura Dern

Classic curls never looked so good.

Emerald Fennell

Fennell’s pastel purple eye shadow—a combo of Clinique’s eye shadow in Sugar Cane and Quickliner in Grape—and soft blowout is very Valley of the Dolls and the perfect spring beauty vibe.

Andra Day

Day kept her makeup simple and clean, but the deep brown lip liner adds a cool ’90s edge.