American actor Winona Ryder arrives for the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Los Angeles, California, 1996. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Getty Images)

After an extended delay due to COVID-19, we’re now only a few short weeks aways from the 93rd Academy Awards Ceremony, otherwise known as the 2021 Oscars. While awards season just missed the global pandemic last year, this year we’ve seen ceremonies go virtual and winners accept their awards while wearing their pyjamas at home.

But the organizers behind the Oscars are hell-bent on making this year as typical and traditional as possible – at least as much as it can be, with stars now separated by border restrictions across the globe. There will be an in-person element, albeit a small one, and stars will once again be encouraged to don their evening best.

Here’s hoping we’ll see a glamorous return to form on the red carpet, which has become renowned for delivering some of the most show-stopping moments in Hollywood history – particularly as it pertains to beauty. To commemorate this momentous occasion (or perhaps even serve as inspiration to some of this years’ attendees), we’ve rounded up some of the best Oscars beauty looks of all time.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)

Lupita Nyong’o owned the red carpet in 2014, where she secured her first Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress. We’d argue this beautiful look, complete with natural tresses and luminous makeup, was trophy-worthy too,

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actress Rooney Mara arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Rooney Mara has always been one to shirk convention, and this bold fringe is the perfect example of how she never fails make it work. The neatly groomed brows, thick lashes and glossy red lip polish off this timeless look.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Gemma Chan arrives at the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The winged eyeliner and chic chignon might be commendable, but they’re still mere companions to Gemma Chan‘s absurdly beautiful face.

Michelle Williams (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

This relaxed side bun with face-framing tendrils, lashes and a red lip was a real moment for Michelle Williams, who is proof that unusual color combinations can work.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor Halle Berry attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/FilmMagic)

She’s done a number of hairstyles at the Oscars over the years – the pixie cut, the long straight layers with full bangs – but we loved seeing Halle Berry celebrate curls in 2017.

Winona Ryder (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

At the peak of her fame, Winona Ryder looked every inch the ingenue with retro-inspired finger waves back in 1996.

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 27: Singer Sonny Bono and singer Cher attend the 45th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 1973 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Behold the original beauty icon Cher, who attended the 1973 ceremony with this bronzed complexion, burgundy double liner and sleek long locks.

American actors Edmond O’Brien (1915 – 1985) and Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982) with their Oscars at the 27th Academy Awards ceremony, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, 30th March 1955. O’Brien won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘The Barefoot Contessa’ and Kelly won Best Actress for her performance in ‘The Country Girl’. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Always the epitome of class, Grace Kelly‘s signature look has been referenced by modern celebrities ever since she stepped onto the red carpet.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 25: Actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Jennifer Hudson won her first Oscar back in 2007, but we’ll always remember her radiant complexion and elegantly shimmering eyeshadow.

Elle MacPherson during 66th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

Elle Macpherson‘s trademark bombshell waves from 1994 are going on our mood board for post-pandemic parties.

Beyonce Knowles (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

It’s Beyoncé doing full glamour on a red carpet. Need we say more?

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