We look up to the performers walking the Oscars red carpet this year probably more than ever before. In a political climate where sharing your activism with reporters is just as important as revealing why your brows look so good, women are freer than ever to express themselves, intellectually and physically, in an authentic way.
That became really clear as the Oscars 2018 red carpet looks started to roll in. This year's top films feature a diverse array of fresh faces, from Get Out's Betty Gabriel to Baby Driver's Eiza González and more. This year, we saw super-glowy skin, pink and purple lips, and romantic hairstyles—perhaps a loving homage to the power of femininity itself. Want to feel majorly inspired by the 2018 Oscars red carpet beauty looks? Just click through.
Leave it to Salma Hayek to look like an actual queen in monochromatic purple. The grape lip and soft half-up hairstyle scream 18th-century goddess.
Old Hollywood glamour was clearly the goal for Get Out actress Allison Williams this year. We also can't help but think her shiny '40s hairstyle, pale lips, and long lashes would make a gorgeous wedding look. (PS: Her lips were created with Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Beige Innocent and Bois de Rose, $31.)
When we first saw this romantic half updo on Get Out's Betty Gabriel, we may have gasped (but like, a subtle gasp). Her soft berry lip and long lashes complement the royal motif.
Margot Robbie is giving us every reason to cut our hair to lob length. And we are living for that slightly bended wave.
As for her glowy face, she has Chanel to thank. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff used Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin ($45) and Poudre Lumière Highlighting Powder in Ivory Gold ($58) to achieve those rosy, radiant cheeks and Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Hydrating Lip and Cheek Sheer Colour in Tender Rose ($30) and Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Cecile ($38) for her matching lip.
What we would give to look as glowy and effortless as Ashley Judd. Her soft blowout (achieved with the help of Sisley's Hair Rituel products) and nude makeup are an understated take on red carpet makeup.
You can always trust Viola Davis to bring '70s goddess vibes to the red carpet. They should literally model the Oscar statue after her.
Baby Driver actress and Neutrogena spokesmodel Eiza González went with an orangey-red lip that would look simply fire on anyone with warm undertones.
Big, big fans of Elisabeth Moss's watermelon pink lip over here. Paired with her sunshiny blonde, it's perfection.
Speaking of her hair, all you need are a few drugstore products to re-create it. Tommy Buckett applied Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Mousse ($4) to damp her hair, blow-dried it with a medium round brush, and then curled it with a wand, pinning each curl up as he went to create that S shape. Garnier Style Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray ($4) and Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray ($4) finished off the look.
Writer and transgender activist Janet Mock went for big, soft curls and a show-stopping smoky eye.
Gina Rodriguez's slicked-back pony (styled to perfection with the help of Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, $5) allows her radiant skin and light shimmery eye shadow (courtesy of Burt's Bees Eye Shadow Trio in Shimmering Nudes and Countryside Lavender, $13) to take center stage.
Mary J. Blige's sky-high blonde pompadour and fierce cat eye are what glamorous events like the Oscars are all about. For her eye look, makeup artist D'Andre Michael used Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition and Scandalust ($50), as well as the brand's Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($30) and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26)—a Byrdie-editor favorite.
Helen Mirren's bright pink blush and coordinating lip are impossibly pretty.
Taraji P. Henson and Salma Hayek must have taken their lip inspiration from the same place. That deep grape is incredibly flattering on olive complexions.
Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig sports her signature reddish lip and bright blonde '20s-esque bob (which was achieved with all drugstore products from Tresemmé, by the way). Obsessed, per usual.
We always look forward to Zendaya's risk-taking red carpet looks. We're inspired by this sultry smoky eye (courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita, $53) and slick topknot. Perhaps we'll attempt to re-create this for our next formal event.
Getting Brigitte Bardot–meets–California girl vibes from Jennifer Lawrence's free-flowing waves this year.
Lady Bird star and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan couldn't look more youthful with her straightened bob and barely-there coral-pink makeup. To create this simple, stunning hairstyle, Ronan's stylist, Adir Abergel, used GHD Air Hairdryer ($199) and Gold Styler ($199) to straighten and smooth.
Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o looks truly superhuman with her futuristic gold hair piece and navy eye look, achieved with Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil in Bleu Magique ($23).
There has never been, nor will there ever be, a movie star more jaw-droppingly glamorous than Nicole Kidman. Who else in Hollywood has hair blonder, eyes more piercing, or better taste in red lipstick?
Emily Blunt's ice-blonde updo (achieved by curling the hair with a Varis Curler, $195, pulling it back into a pony, creating three braids out of the pony, and molding it into a bun) and pink lip are perfectly chic.
Gal Gadot's brick-red lip (courtesy of Revlon's ColorStay Lipliner in Wine, $7, and Super Lustrous Lipstick in Bombshell Red, $8), pairs perfectly with a classic French twist. Celebrity hair god Mark Townsend styled her using Dove Sleek + Smooth Heat-Protecting Spray ($5), a three-quarter-inch curling iron, a whole lot of bobby pins, and Dove Compressed Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray ($4).