13 Celebrities Who Took Beauty Risks on the Oscars Red Carpet


This weekend, when the year’s top movie stars take to the red carpet for the 2020 Oscars, certain play-it-safe hair and makeup looks—classic chignons, soft smoky eyes—are bound to make an appearance on Hollywood’s biggest night. But thankfully, there are always a few renegade risk-takers who break away from the pack.

Think Angelina Jolie, who made a high-impact statement in 2012 simply by jutting out one toned leg from her Atelier Versace dress—and became a full-blown meme. Women like Cher and Diane Keaton have always marched to the beat of their own drums, and continued to do so at the Oscars, thanks to a fully exposed midriff and rumpled hair, respectively. For other stars, the awards show is an opportunity to play against type: Rooney Mara subverted the ingenue narrative with a blunt black fringe set high above her brows, a tack that Gwyneth Paltrow took a decade earlier when she appeared with a goth slick of black liner that matched her worn-without-a-bra McQueen gown. And in her own impromptu departure from the bombshell playbook, Margot Robbie ditched the screen siren red lipstick in favor of undone waves and a fresh faced, no-makeup makeup glow.

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