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Oscars 2021: The best beauty moments from the red carpet

Oscars 2021: The best beauty moments from the red carpet

Finally, an *actual* IRL red carpet!

Text: Redzhanna Jazmin


The first in-person, maskless event since 2020 was studded with gorgeous looks and chock-full of trendy beauty moments. Here are the highlights

This year on the red carpet, the reigning trend on your favourite celebs was the free-spirited, undone magic of natural hair and makeup, as seen with Zendaya's textured mermaid hair, Margot Robbie's messy shag, and Youn Yuh-jung's messy updo. Old Hollywood was also a huge trend on the red carpet during the evening as celebs opted for sleek lengths and updos to complement their classic dress silhouettes. We also saw a fair share of colourblocking as some stars settled on a wash of Spring-friendly eyeshadow shades to accent their dresses.

Ahead, find our favourite beauty moments from the evening:

Zendaya's Mermaid hair

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Ask for the definition mermaid hair and Zendaya shall deliver—the Malcolm & Marie star may not have been nominated for any awards this year, but she was a winner in our eyes. We loved the juxtaposition between her fresh-faced, undone look and her super glam diamonds-and-ballgowns outfit.

Margot Robbie's new bangs

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As we suspected, the shag haircut phenomenon isn't showing any signs of stopping yet. The latest celeb to sport the tousled trend is none other than Birds of Prey actress Margot Robbie. We love the messy, textured low ponytail she has going on, but most of all, we're into her new bangs! Robbie's brow-grazing fringe and Hime-esque pieces frame her face beautifully.

H.E.R.'s... entire being

As always, H.E.R. serves up an absolute storm—really, the only criticism we have of her signature sunnies-on-the-red-carpet look is that it obstructs her gorgeous eye makeup. This time, in line with the drama of her hip-length locks, the singer sported a dramatic, blue and purple liner, complete with deep, burgundy-pink tones on her cheeks, lips, and nails.

Anyone else getting major Raya inspiration from this 'fit? Just us? Okay, then... 

Halle Berry's Shrek-chic bob

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While we'd probably look more like an unfortunate Lord Faarquad cosplayer with this haircut (shoutout to any Shrek fans out there), Halle Berry pulls of the choppy bang and A-line bob combo like no other. We love her subtle babylights and her super stripped back makeup, too! The only thing that we're missing from the look are a few jewels here and there—it does feel like it's missing a little bling!

Emerald Fennel's Spring shadows

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The Promising Young Woman writer (and director) took to the red carpet in a gorgeous green and pink Gucci gown, pairing the outfit with a killer beauty look. To match her billowing dress, she kept her makeup ethereal and simple, with brushed brows, a wash of lavender purple over the eyes, and a fresh pink cheek-and-lip duo. We think the mum-to-be and recent Academy Award winner looks absolutely radiant, and we cannot wait to replicate this Spring-ready look ASAP!

Angela Bassett's intense glamour

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Angela Bassett really brought the heat to this year's red carpet in this chilli red dress. Better yet, rather than go down the monochrome route (which still would've been a hit, TBH), Bassett opted to pair her dress with an intense glam beauty moment. We love the deep blue hue on her lids paired with the pink-toned rouge on her lips and her perfect contour—especially once you throw in her sleek, stick-straight tresses.

Amanda Seyfried's hair

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The Mank actress looked absolutely gorgeous on the red carpet. While her smoky eye and burgundy lip are stunning, we were particularly taken by her incredible old Hollywood updo. It's sleek, it's chic, and it's absolutely perfect with her outfit.

Regina King's frosty lids

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Regina King was yet another stunner on the red carpet this evening. We love how she skipped falsies altogether, instead opting for a few coats of mascara to define her lashes—it's a rare phenomenon on the red carpet these days. To compliment her structured, powder-blue, metallic dress, she wore a pastel lilac over her lids and lined them heavily for drama.

Viola Davis' punk fauxhawk

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The Ma Rainey's Black Bottom star and Oscar nominee hit the red carpet in a laser-cut white Alexander McQueen gown and a punk-appropriate fauxhawk. However, she also toes the line between edgy and costume-y by paring back her makeup look to the basics—a gentle wash of rouge over the lips, a frosted lid, and some falsies are the perfect way to tie everything together.

Fun fact: The team behind Davis' fantastic fauxhawk are the same team behind the hair in the film. Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson—the stylists in question—have also made history as the first black hairstyling team to score an Oscar for their work this year.

Youn Yuh-jung's fresh-faced beauty

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Looking radiant and elegant as ever, the Minari actress made history tonight. Specifically, her monumental win makes her the very first Korean winner for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (an absolutely pivotal moment in the white-washed history of the Oscars). To accept her award, the industry veteran sported a simple, undone updo with fresh, dewy skin and a vibrant fuschia lip. 

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