The Academy Awards might be a film-focused awards show, but true beauty aficionados know that even the biggest night in Hollywood is an honorary beauty event. That’s because the Oscars have defined (and then redefined) hair and makeup trends for nearly a century. There are countless red carpet moments that have stood the test of time, but just to name a few: Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond-encrusted tiara; Cher’s dramatic feather headdress; Halle Berry’s Early Years Elf; and Zendaya’s contemporary windy waves. The best Oscars hairstyles aren’t just iconic; they are defining an era.
If you never miss watching the awards red carpet for all the glam, you’re in luck – there’s only a few days left before fans are blessed with a whole new set of Oscar-worthy beauty looks to adore. In fact, the 94th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 27, so make sure you have your popcorn (and glasses) ready, as everyone’s favorite star-studded event is returning live on TV.
Before hitting the refresh button on your Twitter or Instagram feed on Sunday night, let’s take a moment to appreciate the best beauty moments from years past. For a stroll down memory lane (red carpet), read on for 16 of the most unforgettable Oscar hairstyles to ever honor the Academy Awards.