Forget the gold statuettes, the Oscars is the hottest red carpet event of the year with all eyes on the real prize – the fabulous dresses. However, it’s so much more than fancy frocks and designer extravaganzas, an actress’ beauty carries equal importance.

Who can forget the image of Audrey Hepburn and her bold brows (eat your heart out Cara Delevingne) when she picked up the Academy Award for her role in Roman Holiday? They were THE look. While Michelle Williams’ crimson lips perfectly complimented  her canary yellow dress, and when it came to Elizabeth Taylor, well let’s just say she outshone her jewels. You see it’s the finishing touches that complete the over all look. So, with that in mind here we have picked ten of the most memorable beauty moments of all time from the Oscars.

 

Audrey Heburn, 1954

 

Audrey Heburn, 1954

Pixie cut, edgy fringe and bold brows – Audrey was ahead of her time.

Grace Kelly, 1955

Grace Kelly, 1955

The beauty icon’s make-up was always the same – thin liquid liner on the upper lashes and a red-coral lip. Well, if it’s not broke… Her simple bun, with a delicate wave, was a classic style of the time.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1970

Elizabeth Taylor, 1970

No jewel could compete with Liz’s sparkling violet eyes, always framed by thick liner and heavy brows. Highlighting her best feature she matched them with the dress, eyeshadow, and hair ribbon.

Raquel Welch, 1974

Raquel Welch, 1974

Hello, bombshell. Raquel didn’t need much in the way of make-up, choosing a more polished look to lift her natural beauty.

 Charlize Theron, 2004

Charlize Theron, 2004

The golden Californian glow added a modern touch to her Gatsby-esque hair style.

Natalie Portman, 2005

Natalie Portman, 2005

Highlighting her gorgeous features, Natalie’s low maintenance up-do, with a vintage bracelet sewn in as headband, was just perfection.

Michelle Williams, 2006

Michelle Williams, 2006

The star’s red lips and romantic side bun are as memorable as the Vera Wang gown.

Marion Cotillard, 2008

Marion Cotillard, 2008

This is the true Hollywood look – side-parted tumbling locks.

Angelina Jolie, 2009

Angelina Jolie, 2009

She’s not one for changing her look, so when Ange rocked the red carpet with wavy hair, flirtatious hair we took notice.

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013

The look was simple, smoky eyes and a low bun, yet it established Jennifer as a modern beauty icon.