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It's Official: These Are the Best Red Carpet Looks Ever


As confident as we are that this award season will bring a crop of head-turning red carpet getups, we can't help but reflect on those standout looks from years or rather decades past. The Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes might be the coveted prizes over the coming weeks, but let's not discount the ability to stand out in a sea of fellow celebs in couture, all primped and coiffed to perfection. It's impressive!

While we look forward to the fresh new beauty looks that await us this award season, thereВ is an assortment of iconic beauty moments that have managed to stick with us, and we thought it only fitting to pay tribute to them here.В From Cher to Madonna and Audrey Hepburn to Zendaya, here are our nominees for the most memorable red carpet beauty looks of all time. Keep reading for our favorite beauty looks from past red carpets.

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Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars, 1954

Three words: Brows for days. Get the look with EyekoВ Brow LinerВ ($20).

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Marilyn Monroe at the Golden Globes, 1952

Monroe tookВ her signature platinum coif to new heightsВ with the help of a healthy dose of hairspray.В As for the rest of her look,В check out her longtime makeup artist's brilliant tips.

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Grace Kelly at the Oscars, 1955

Always the epitome of elegance, Grace Kelly had a classic, timeless approach to beauty. To achieve her frosty blonde locks, try using a purple shampoo likeВ Kevin MurphyВ Blonde Angel Wash ($37).

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Elizabeth Taylor at the Golden Globes, 1957

Some people opt for the tiara-esque headband, but only Elizabeth Taylor could get away with a full-blown crown (except Princess Grace, of course). If you are all about the accessories like Taylor, try Free PeopleВ Cassiopeia Bun PinВ ($58) at your next special event.

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Barbra Streisand at the Oscars, 1969

Hello, gorgeous. Streisand's head-to-toe mod look remains one of our very favorites. Get Streisand's high-volume hair by applying Bumble and BumbleВ Full Form Thickening MousseВ ($30) to your roots before blow-drying.

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Cher at the Oscars, 1973

Those abs areВ nuts, but we're also eyeing that glossy, center-parted mane. Give your own locks some healthy-looking shine with Bumble and BumbleВ Hairdresser's Invisible OilВ ($40).

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Lauren Hutton at the Oscars, 1975

The supermodel stepped out at the Academy Awards in a quintessentially '70s look: healthy, bronzed, and effortless. Get a similar glow with MakeВ Solstice BronzerВ ($30).

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Farrah Fawcett at the Oscars, 1978

No one ever did feathered waves as well as Farrah Fawcett-as exemplified by this disco-ready look at the 50th annual Academy Awards. To keep loose curls in place, spray yourВ mane with a flexible hold hairspray like R + CoВ Outerspace Flexible HairsprayВ ($28).

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Cher at the Oscars, 1986

Only the inimitable Cher could make our list twice-andВ we're pretty sure this headdress alone qualifies as the most memorable accessoryВ in award show history. To complement her feathered headdress, Cher sported a gorgeous purple shadow like Laura MercierВ Caviar Stick in OrchidВ ($29).

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Madonna at the Oscars, 1991

She might be channeling another icon, but leave it to Madonna to make her version just as memorable. For a bright bold lip reminiscent of Madonna as Monroe, swipe on Charlotte TilburyВ Kissing Lipstick in Love BiteВ ($34).

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Mariah Carey at the Grammys, 1991

#TBT to Carey's first-ever Grammys, with her voluminousВ curls and signature brown lip on display. To get Carey's '90s pout, try a medium brown lip color like Tom FordВ Lips and Boys Lipstick in AaronВ ($36).В

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Drew Barrymore at the Oscars, 1998

Flower appliquГ©s. Thin, defined brows. A vampy lip. Baby bangs.В Body glitter.В This is the '90s personified. Embrace the current glitter trend, and try a shimmering body lotion like Prtty PeaushunВ Skin Tight Body LotionВ ($39) for a glow like Barrymore's.

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Julia Roberts at the Oscars, 2001

The year she won Best ActressВ for her role inВ Erin Brockovich,В Roberts also earnedВ major props for that retroВ ponytail. (Or she should have, anyway-the fact that every hair stayed in place all evening is nothing short of miraculous.) If you're trying this classic look on for size, just remember that hairspray is your friend. We like R+CoВ ViciousВ ($29) for strong but flexible hold.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Oscars, 2002

The barely there green Versace dressВ she wore to the Grammys in 2001В might have earned more press, but we also can't forget the va-va-voom bob J.Lo sported at the Academy Awards just a year later.

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Michelle Williams at the Oscars, 2006

Everything about this Parisian look-from the red lip to the loose chignon-is just soВ pretty. Better yet, it works just as well in the office as it does on the red carpet. To get William's French-girl beauty look, apply ChanelВ Rouge Coco Lip Colour in GabrielleВ ($37)В to your pout.

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Lady Gaga at the Grammys, 2010

Picking just one Gaga look is no easy feat, but this one is particularly emblazoned in our memory. Maybe it's that neon yellow hair or her Barbie pink pout?В While there isn't a quick fix for neon locks, there is an easy way to imitate Gaga's pout with MACВ Pink Lipstick in LovelornВ ($17).

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Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars, 2011

It's hard to believe that just five years ago, Jennifer Lawrence was more ingenue than superstar-but this steamy Oscars debut was quite the coming-out party. (Try prepping skin with Elizabeth ArdenВ Eight Hour Cream, $21, before applying makeup to get that red carpet-ready glow.)В

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Rihanna at the Grammys, 2013

As much as we love to see Rihanna push the envelope,В every now and then sheВ flawlessly reminds us that veering classicВ can make just as big of an impact.

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Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars, 2014

Nyong'o looked like a veritable princess at her first Oscars-which is just as well, since she left with top honors. Try Jennifer BehrВ Gold-Plated HeadbandВ ($295)В for a similarly regal look.

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BeyoncГ© at the Grammys, 2014

Queen Bey's wavy bob is memorable for a couple of reasons: ItВ arguably launched the hairstyle (which, by the way, still shows no signs of slowing down)В to new heights, and just a few minutes later, it was completely drenched during aВ ridiculously sexyВ Flashdance-inspired performanceВ of "Drunk in Love."

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Winona Ryder at the Oscars, 1996

We loved every iteration of Winona Ryder's pixie, but this '20s-inspired coif might be our very favorite.В Imitate Ryder's retro locks with the help of a curling iron and theseВ Styling Essential Wave Clips ($10).

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Zendaya at the Oscars, 2015

But as golden as these moments all are, the future is looking exceedingly bright. (We have our money on Zendaya as the one to watch.) To get Zendaya's gorgeous glow, use Urban DecayВ Shimmering Powder for Face and BodyВ ($32).

For more red carpet beauty, check out these seven makeup products celebrity makeup artists always use on the red carpet.В

This story was originally published on January 8, 2016.