The best beauty looks from the Oscars red carpet

Written by Lucy Partington

Freelance beauty editor Lucy Partington is obsessed with all things skincare, collecting eyeshadow palettes that she’ll probably never use, and is constantly on the hunt for the ultimate glowy foundation.

There’s no night quite like the Oscars, and the glam truly delivered on every level. Here are our standout favourites. 

The 95th Academy Awards was, as always, full of unmissable moments.

From Lady Gaga’s stripped-down performance of Hold My Hand (we’re so here for her wearing ripped jeans and a plain black T-shirt on stage) to Ke Huy Quan’s acceptance speech (and, of course, that picture of Harrison Ford embracing him in a hug that’s doing the rounds on Instagram) and Michelle Yeoh’s history-making best actress award, we loved every moment – including the red carpet beauty, which did not miss a beat.

As expected, the hair and make-up served serious elegance and non-stop glamour. Of course – in our humble opinion – Florence Pugh came out top, but we’re also very much into Cara Delevingne’s smoky eye and Rihanna’s bold red lip, along with so many others.

Here’s a small selection of the must-see, show-stopping looks…

  • Florence Pugh

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Florence Pugh

    Florence Pugh is never not a source of hair and make-up inspiration, but last night’s look is one we’ll be copying immediately. From the pinned-up ponytail to the flawless skin, neutral lip (which is Valentino Beauty Rosso Valentino Lipstick in 112R Blushing Nude, £33) and the smoked-out eye, we love it all. 

  • Lady Gaga

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga walked the red carpet in a full face, made-up of a glossy, bold red lip and a grungy, winged-out smoky eye – now all we need to know is which cleanser she used to get it all off before her make-up-free performance…

  • Michelle Yeoh

    Oscar-winning Michelle Yeoh’s ethereal look is everything we need and more. From the soft pinks on her face to her relaxed down-do that’s glammed up and pinned back on one side with a sparkling clip, we’re into it. 

  • Cara Delevingne

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Cara Delevingne

    Not only is Cara Delevingne’s dress beautiful (and it has pockets! yes!) but her make-up is *chef’s kiss* too. The sultry, red-toned smoky eye, her perfectly flawless skin and the pinky nude lip makes for the perfect combination. 

  • Rihanna

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Rihanna

    Fresh from her Super Bowl halftime show, Rihanna rocked the Oscars red carpet in a perfect red lip – which is, of course, Fenty Beauty Icon Semi-Matte Lipstick in Grill Mast’r, £18 – paired with a hint of pink blush on her cheeks.

  • Janelle Monáe

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Janelle Monáe

    It’s the black gown, classic winged liner, super glossy lip (courtesy of Nars Laguna Afterglow Lip Balm, £23) and the subtle silver thread running through Janelle Monáe’s braids for us. Spectacular. 

  • Halle Berry

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Halle Berry

    And the award for best hairstyle goes to Halle Berry. There’s nothing we don’t love about her short pixie crop with the face-framing waves. The neutral make-up matches the roses on her dress, too. J’adore. 

  • Halle Bailey

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Halle Bailey

    The silver shimmery eyeshadow feels like something Ariel would wear in The Little Mermaid, which is extremely on-brand for Halle Bailey. We love her intricate braids, too, and we know this is supposed to be about her glam, but can we take a second for the colour of her dress, too?

  • Angela Bassett

    Oscars red carpet beauty 2023: Angela Bassett

    We could make the “did the thing” joke, but we’ll refrain – instead, let’s admire Angela Bassett’s perfect bouncy blow-dry and her soft glam make-up, which is said to be inspired by “femininity, passion and allure”. We’re saying she nailed all three.

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