The best beauty looks at the Oscars 2017

The best beauty looks at the Oscars 2017

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Here are the Oscar beauty looks that stood out for their put-together perfection

While the Oscars ceremony can sometimes drag on for three hours and beyond, one part of that never fail to capture the interest of the paparazzi, audience at home and worldwide media is the pre-show red carpet. Like peacocks out for attention, the ladies of Hollywood strut their stuff as they find outfits that befit the once-in-a-lifetime occasion but also look current and have a sense of personality and adventure. And yes we've heard the stories of how competitive designers can get when it comes to getting the biggest names to wear their gowns. And while the hair and makeup looks may not be the first things you notice, they certainly contribute to the overall look and feel of the total outfit.

Take for example Emma Stone, the Best Actress nominee's glamorous waves — there's no doubt her exact shade of fiery, copper tresses was specially calculated for the penultimate red carpet appearance — wine lips and glittery eyes perfectly set off the sparkle of her heavily embellished, gold gown. Irish actress Ruth Negga meanwhile, went a slight unconventional route with her hair and makeup. Wearing a red lace, Valentino gown, a vintage-style ruby-studded headpiece by Irene Neuwirth adorned her cropped tresses while she opted for rust-coloured shadow and matte red lips — chosen to match the rubies. Janelle Monae also sported a floral headpiece on her pixie crop — headpieces were a trend with Salma Hayek also sporting one. And while her antebellum-style gown may have gotten the lion's share of the attention, we would be remiss not to mention the glowing shades of bronze on her face that sculpted her girlish features with light — not heavy contouring.

Making our list of best beauty looks two years in a row is Dior spokesmodel and Oscar winner Charlize Theron, for her simple makeup and economic yet chic pompadour and mini ponytail. While she ensured she was dressed for the occasion, she did not draw attention away from the nominated stars. Also shining in her subtlety was Jessica Biel, who sported a sculpted updo, graphic black liner and high-necked gown with a collar detail. Speaking of grabbing all the attention, Halle Berry's gravity-defying curls certainly stole the show —especially since we're used to seeing her sleek or cropped — proving that if all else fails, go big or go home.

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