The Best & Brightest Beauty Of The Academy Awards

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

After liveblogging the 86th Academy Awards red carpet last night, we picked our favorite looks and the worst ones of the evening. Now, it’s time for a whole other ball game: beauty. Makeup and hair from the likes of Anne HathawayJulia RobertsCate Blanchett, and Lupita Nyong’o positively killed it on the red carpet.

While one might imagine that the list of stars with the best beauty looks would have all the same names as the “best dressed” compilation, this year actually surprised me with how many poorly-dressed (relatively speaking, of course) folks had amazing hair and makeup, so there are plenty of unexpected people on this list, too.

Angelina Jolie Oscars 2014

Oh, Angelina. Radiant as ever in proper bronze shadow with a great natural lip shade and glowing skin.

Emma Watson Oscars 2014

Emma Watson invariably picks perfect makeup (or makeup artists) for red carpets.

Karen O Oscars 2014

Uh, yes, more Karen O and her haircut forever please.

Viola Davis Oscars 2014

Viola Davis. Two words: FINGER. WAVES. (Wait, is that actually one word? Regardless, her hair is amazing.)

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Anne Hathaway’s makeup was spot-on in how it didn’t compete whatsoever with her dramatic dress, but I was primarily surprised about how much I dug her hair.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

While J Law and Chrissy Teigen both sort of failed at the slicked-back business, I really dig how soft and face-framing Anne’s was. It looked touchable rather than gel-filled.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Again, not into Liza Minnelli‘s ridonkulous jumpsuit, but BLUE HAIR FOREVER, GIRL.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

This hair and makeup looks amazing on Julia, bringing out her gorgeous hazel eyes and her trademark smile.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Jared Leto, because duh–that ombre ‘do.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

The people who are regularly doing Lupita and Cate Blanchett’s makeup and hair need all the high fives. Her complexion is glowing, her makeup doesn’t compete with the incredible baby blue Prada gown she wore, and her brows look perfect.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

And this Fred Leighton gold and diamond headband brought everything together so perfectly. A+.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

I couldn’t stand those weird fleshy batwings, but this orangey-red lip color is so fun on Julie Delpy!

Sari Mercer Oscars 2014

Sari Mercer looked gorgeous, which makes she and Chiwetel Ejiofor just entirely too hot together.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Like I said last night, Gabourey Sidibe did a great job with these gorgeous locks and perfectly smoky makeup.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Seriously, Cate Blanchett’s skin may be the actual Light of Galadriel. She’s just channelling Veronica Lake and the Sun here so hard.

Now, for the worst beauty looks

All images via Getty.

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    • CMJ

      I hated the headband.

      (ducks and covers)

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Emma Watson’s makeup looks beautiful but her hair looks a little off to me. Then again, it’s Emma Watson, so regardless she looks gorgeous.

      • Samantha Escobar

        I was slightly torn on Emma’s hair, but the more photos I checked out, the more I just loved her whole look SO MUCH.

    • erincinco

      LOVED Lupita’s makeup. And Jared’s hair was the PERFECT ombre. Yes.

      • Samantha Escobar

        I want his colorist to do my hair forever but I’m sure they cost like $3984903 per hour. :(

      • CMJ

        100% googled his colorist.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      lupita, anne and emma!!! Wow. and yes, jared’s hair!

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    • adamfox

      I’m gonna throw my weight behind Ellen. She looked every bit the star host.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Throw it, cat! <3

    • LynnKell

      I feel outraged that this list doesn’t include Constance Leto oh-so-wonderful grey hair.