Celebrity Hair and Makeup Looks At The 2020 Oscars

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

As nervous as the 2020 Acamedy Awards nominees must be about whether or not they'll take home Hollywood's most-coveted honor, we can only imagine how nervous their glam teams are as they create the hair and makeup looks that will be talked about for days and remembered for decades. Even if they're not nominated, guests have prepared for weeks to look their most glamorous on the Oscars red carpet, whether they're making a major change to their signature look, embracing a bold beauty trend, or starting an entirely new one.

All awards-show season long, celebrities Charlize Theron, Cynthia Erivo, and Saoirse Ronan have been serving up some of the most incredible hair and makeup looks in recent history. The glowing skin, brilliant hair accessories, and shimmering nail art have all but turned the red carpets of the last month into radiant beams of light, thanks to makeup artists, manicurists, and hairstylists that make their clients sparkle like actual stars. And with the Oscars, we reach the pinnacle of not only acting honors but also of big beauty moments.

Saoirse Ronan

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The Little Women actor hit the 2020 Oscars red carpet with short, wispy front- facing bangs, thanks to her longtime hairstylist Adir Abergel. She also wore a beige-pink lip (Chanel's Le Crayon Lèvres in Beige Naturel), courtesy of makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua.

Natalie Portman

The bob continues to reign supreme in Hollywood, and Natalie Portman's blunt- but-textured style by stylist Adam Campbell (and Redken colorist Cassondra Kaeding) is one we envision to see all year long — on and off the red carpet.

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz's sleek, pin-straight hair complemented her statement Chanel gown, which was adorned with a large, white floral bow. She kept her Lancôme makeup soft with neutral tones with the help of makeup artist Hung Vanngo.

Cynthia Erivo

When planning Cynthia Erivo's Oscars look, makeup artist Terrell Mullin had a soft smoky eye in mind. The caveat? It had to be brown. "Black is too heavy and too hard; it's scary," Mullin tells ishonest. "Unless you're doing Chicago on Broadway, a smoky eye should never be that dark." For Erivo's hair Coree Moreno from Dove Hair wanted to create a hair moment (think a pearly white crop) to complement her gown — and that he did.

Maya Rudolph

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Funny woman Maya Rudolph may have captured the audience's attention in her bit with Kristen Wiig, but we were more entranced by her blunt bob and purple eye shadow.

Lucy Boynton

Blink and you'll miss the statement accessory Lucy Boynton's hairstylist Jenny Cho glued to the actor's hairline: pearls. "[The] inspiration was Coco Chanel herself — French-chic-meets young Hollywood," Jenny Cho tells ishonest. This makes sense considering makeup artist Jo Baker is responsible for the bold red lip and spider-like lashes (both by Chanel) that complete the look.

Salma Hayek

No, she's not a Grecian goddess. Though Salma Hayek's red-carpet interpretation — an ethereal white gown, soft neutral makeup by Mario Dedivanovic for YSL Beauty, and a silver headpiece atop an updo — is pretty spot-on.

Janelle Monáe

All eyes may have been on Janelle Monáe's hooded silver gown (adorned with 168,000 crystals), but we can't stop staring at her long, voluminous, Lashify lashes and striking red lip, courtesy of makeup artist Jessica Smalls who also used the Dermaflash Luxe to help get Monáe's skin looking and feeling soft. Oh, and the hair? That's all thanks to Nikki Nelms, who smoothed it down using Maui Moisture and GHD tools prior to pulling up the hood.

Billie Eilish

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Two-tone green-and-black hair. Superlong, bejeweled black nails. Head-to-toe Chanel. Singer Billie Eilish brought it to the Oscars red carpet.

Margot Robbie

Old-Hollywood glamour ruled the Oscars red carpet and Margot Robbie's modern-day rendition — a glossy red lip by Chanel makeup artist Pati Dubroff and soft waves from Moroccanoil's Bryce Scarlett — may just be our favorite.

Mindy Kaling

A natural lip was a non-negotiable for Mindy Kaling's 2020 Oscars look. "Mindy is very collaborative, open and trusting," her makeup artist Janice Kinjo, who worked with Alpyn Beauty for the event, tells ishonest. "She suggested the natural lip, and everything else she left up to me."

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron's deep-parted platinum pixie may look like your average short crop, but the actor's hairstylist Adir Abergel affixed a surprise for the evening: a black band on the back of her head that can only be seen when she turns around.

Zazie Beetz

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The Joker star pulled her curls into a top puff, courtesy of hairstylist Lacy Redway, letting her natural texture take center stage. "Being in this industry and having my hair natural, I feel such a responsibility to make sure people feel confident in their own looks and textures and to continue to show that, because I see how much it affected me to see other people wearing their hair naturally," she previously told ishonest.

As for her makeup, Yron Machhausen used five coats of Chanel Le Volume Stretch and heavy eyeliner to achieve a wide-eye look.

Florence Pugh

The Little Women star is all smiles for her first Oscars appearance, wearing an intricately knotted updo and soft, rose-toned makeup, courtesy of hairstylist Peter Lux from Dove Hair and makeup artist Alex Babsky from Pat McGrath Labs.

Caitríona Balfe

It's hard to believe this is Ford v Ferrari star Caitríona Balfe's first time at the Oscars with a look — matte red lipstick and a slicked-back, center-parted low bun by hairstylist Marcus Francis — as beautiful and polished as hers.

Sandra Oh

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Glowy and ethereal must have been the inspiration for makeup artist Mai Quynh, who used Armani Beauty's Eye Tint Liquid Eye Shadow in 34 to create a shimmery golden wash of color on her lids.

Laura Dern

Classic and glamorous are two of the many adjectives we'd use to describe Laura Dern's deep, side-part, half-up style, and soft pink makeup (by Gita Bass for Armani Beauty).

Regina King

We can't decide what we're most drawn to: the Watchmen star's long, luscious Ardell lashes or her wow-worthy biceps. Either way, we think both pair magically with her pink sequined Versace gown.

Kristen Wiig

We're here for Kristen Wiig's endless jokes, but also her deep, side-part, platinum pixie (thanks to colorist Erick Orellana) and soft glam makeup.

Gal Gadot

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A bright red Revlon lip by makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani and an elegant updo by Mark Townsend was the winning combo for Gal Gadot's Oscars beauty look.

Olivia Colman

The newly blonde let her fresh color steal the show, accenting her look with only a cherry-red lip and voluminous lashes.

Kaitlyn Dever

With the exception of a dramatic cat-eye, the Booksmart star kept her Oscars look on the minimal side to let her sustainable, strapless Louis Vuitton gown take the stage.

Chrissy Metz

The This Is Us star went monochromatic with a bold red lip and an asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder gown. She paired the scarlet moment with long, soft waves and a vintage-inspired deep-parted swoop.

Lily Aldridge

Makeup artist Carolina Gonzalez is responsible for Lily Aldridge's modern- day take on old-Hollywood glamour: matte-red lipstick and glowing skin, paired perfectly with smooth, center-parted hair.

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