The lead-up to the Oscars has been a gripping affair to say the least, with monumental changes put in place to ensure a refreshed take on its 94th iteration. Eight of the twenty-three official categories were cut from the live ceremony, for one. Then a popular vote component was introduced, with The Academy having implemented #OscarsFanFavourite and #OscarsCheerMoment—new award brackets that allowed audiences to elect their favourite productions. Not forgetting that the ceremony was hosted by three prolific actresses, of course; a first for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, which went without a host for three years prior. Amidst such shifts and turbulence, it was a relief to see that one thing stayed consistent: the sheer number of electrifying beauty looks from the Oscars 2022 red carpet.
Statuesque hairdos were a mainstay at the awards ceremony, with Zendaya sporting a tousled, textured iteration that showed off her sculpted facial contours. Zoë Kravitz was in on it, too, though hers comprised a sleeker rendition featuring a piecey fringe. Dewy, radiant complexions were prominently featured as well, while bold lipstick hues had a moment, though not in red—the carmine shade was eschewed for a deeper palette ranging from deep berry to mauve, as seen on Maggie Gyllenhaal and Megan Thee Stallion.
And that was just a condensed rundown of the stunning hair and make-up configurations spotted. Below, a detailed curation of the most captivating beauty looks from the Oscars 2022 red carpet, from songbird H.E.R.’s captivating eyeshadow to Vanessa Hudgens’s gravity-defying updo. Beauty buffs might want to take notes—we foresee that these miens and manes could shape up to be the biggest trends within the sphere.
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A monochromatic colour palette makes for an understated yet impactful visual statement. In Lily James’s case, she opted for a versatile rose gold hue that pops nicely on her lids and cheeks.
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Electric eyeshadow hues make an even bolder statement when it is applied over neutral, earth-toned base. Award-winning singer, H.E.R., exemplifies this.
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Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t limit the Midas treatment to her frock—but rather, extends it up to her lids, too.
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The actress is living proof that you can’t go wrong with a clean face and bold lip combo.
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Face-framing tendrils help draw the eye to Zendaya’s multi-dimensional peepers, awash in brilliant hues of silver and bronze.
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A 2022 twist on the classic Princess Leia ‘do? Perhaps. Laverne Cox adopts a more elevated take on conjoined buns.
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A smouldering, modern take on smoky eyes comprises a space-grey hue paired with copper tones—veering away from conventional picks ranging from matte black to cocoa. Emilia Jones pulls the look off brilliantly.
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Catwoman might have sheathed her claws for the ceremony, but that’s not to say she’s abandoned Selina Kyle’s influences entirely. See: the impeccable cat-eye she’s rocking.
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Gelled-down, intricately-styled baby hairs act as a perfect contrast to the rest of Halle Bailey’s loose and towering hairdo.
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The former Disney star is well-aware that a face full of bronze, neutral hues creates the impression of an effortless sun-kissed glow.
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Megan Thee Stallion
The intricacy and detail behind Megan Thee Stallion’s flawless cut-crease is unparalleled.
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star swaps out eyeshadow for a hint of liquid gold along the inner corners, which makes for a subtle—yet refreshing—style statement.