The Academy Awards are the pinnacle of awards season, and this is the red carpet on which to bring out the big guns. Oscar’s red carpet is all about glamour and class, and many people tend to keep it traditional. While this is the perfect occasion on which to do a smoky eye or a statement lip, many actresses kept it subtle at this year’s ceremony. Proving that you don’t need pancake makeup to shine in formal attire, these celebs knocked their beauty looks out of the park this year.
A rich brown smoky eye paired with pink lips gives Zoe a look of subtle class. Peach blush amplifies her cheeks and brings a glow to her face, making her look positively radiant. With a simple updo, all of the emphasis is on her stunning jewelry in a look fitting for a movie star.
Sienna also opted for the brown smoky eye/pink lipped combo. Her contoured cheekbones and bold brows bring a sophisticated edge to her look. With her hair pulled back, Sienna lets her earrings stand out and showcases the bow detailing on the neckline of her dress.
Wearing her hair down, and choosing simple makeup, Kerry Washington carries a relaxed vibe with her red carpet look. A dramatic side part coupled with a pink lip and shimmery silver eye makeup highlights her natural features, making her look radiant and flushed rather than done up. She also opted to go light on the accessories as well.
With a red dress that stands out on its own, Rosamund Pike did not need a lot of makeup, and she chose to go understated. Her rose colored lips and neutral eye makeup keep the all red look from going overboard into cheesy territory.
With a sideswept bun, dramatic eyes and peach lips, Marion looks sleek and sophisticated. The coral lip color highlights her eyes and plays perfectly off of her skin tone, while the side bun showcases stunning statement earrings.
Wet looking down styles have popped up all over the red carpet this year, and America Ferrera opted to work the look at the Oscars without it looking dirty. The actress paired dusty rose lips with minimal eye makeup, drawing the eye to teal drop earrings. She’s been known to do a bold lip in the past, but this color accentuates the jewelry.
A side-swept hair style balances out the business of Jamie’s dress, and her makeup puts the focus on her eyes. Well-defined liner paired with soft pink cheeks and mauve lips round out her look, which is understated and pairs well with the pattern on the gown.
A fresh face in Hollywood, Margot Robbie chose to go bold with her lip color. By skimping on the rest of the makeup, namely eye makeup, the look is appropriate and sophisticated. Her soft side part and gorgeous statement necklace make her stand out on the red carpet.
Showing up to the red carpet in a dress made of pearls, Lupita chose to keep her makeup tasteful, with a light shimmer on the eyes and a glossy pink lip color. The drop earrings complement the dress, which is a statement in and of itself.
Naomi chose to go with spring 2015’s hottest lip color, adorning hers in a violet hue. Her wavy blonde locks were styled in an asymmetrical lob parted to the side – another popular trend on the carpet this year. Gorgeous drop earrings took the look up a notch, while her simple eye makeup balanced the rest of the face.