Academy Awards Beauty Special (Part 1)

THE Academy Awards usually brings a lot to the table. It gives us movie suggestion, watching a few of our favourite stars win the Oscars, but most importantly, the fashion on the carpet. From Sparkles, beautiful silhouettes and gorgeous accessories to on point make-up and hair. We’d say the Oscars wouldn’t be half as fun if the stars didn’t come out with show stopping looks and breaking all trends. Let’s have a look at some of the beauty do’s (and don’ts) over the years.


Hilary Swank

2000 Hilary Swank


HILARY’s crop in Boys Don’t Cry wasn’t #hairgoals, but when she won Best Actress it grew into this adorable side-swept pixie just in time for her to pick up the statue. Style yours with mounding paste.

Angela Bassett

2000 Angela Basset

THE beauty world has long ascribed to the ‘either eye or lip’ school of thought. And while it’s true that too much colour on both areas at once can look overpowering, Angela proves that it can be pulled off. The trick is to use a lighter wash with a strong wash of the same colour on either the eyes or lips.

Charlize Theron2000 Charlize Theron

THIS was the moment that Charlize made it known that she was a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet. Her eyes definitely stood out with a slight twinge of gold on the lids.

Oscar Don’t!

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie 2000

WE just can’t let Ange’s ode to Morticia Addams slide. Her hair is stringy and so dark it blends with her dress, her skin looks lacklustre and her DIY winged liner is just sad.


Julia Roberts

2001 Julia Roberts


THERE’S so much to love about Julia’s look the night she won the Oscar for Erin Brockovich. Her vintage dress called for hair that couldn’t be assigned to any decade, that’s where the intricate chignon (that took the stylist just 40 minutes to create) came in.

Renée Zellweger

2001 Renee Zelwegger


RENÉE follows the golden rule of going retro: keeping her ‘40s-inspired hair soft and not overly sculpted. And we’re not even mentioning her canary yellow gown with contrasting red lip. Well done!

Cameron Diaz2001 Cameron Diaz

WE bet it took Cameron Diaz no more than 20 minutes to get ready and look how amazing she is! The ponytailed presenter keeps her beach-girl cool hair and wins the Best Invisible Make-up Award. Skip foundation and opt for a BB Cream next time you want to go au natural.


Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon 2002

STEAL the spotlight at your Academy Awards debut? Done! Before this Valentino makeover people thought of Reese as cute, but not glamorous. Make your cat eye stand out even more by layering on mascara.

Gwenyth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow 2002

GWYN’s sheer tank dress didn’t faze us, but her slightly goth purple-tinged smoky eye and a braided bun hairstyle made us take a second glance. It was refreshing to see her with dark make-up instead of her regular natural. Take a cue from Gwenyth and step out of your comfort zone.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry 2002

PERFECTION. That’s all we’ve got to say about Halle Berry, especially when she won the Oscar for Monster’s Ball. Her dress definitely stole the show in 2002 and her soft make-up polished off he look.


Julianne Moore

2003 Julianne Moore

EVERYONE knows that green is the perfect colour for red haired ladies and Julianne is proof of this. Her minimalistic make-up makes her hair colour stand out even more. Invest in a professional hair care range to keep your colour intact.


Kate Hudson

2003 Kate hudson

FROM ingénue to icon, Kate stepped out of her family’s shadow for good with glowing make-up and a soft up do to compliment her gold dress. She makes the cut for getting every element right.

Selma Hayek

Selma Hayek 2003

SELMA perfected her smokey eye look in 2003. The age old rule of dark eye plus nude lip is carried out perfectly.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

2003 Catherine Zet Jones

ANOTHER dark haired beauty. Catherine’s make-up was kind of a nineties throwback with brown coloured lipstick. A very simple way to update your look.


Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron 2004

IGNORE the thin single-line brows and appreciate the golden goddess-ness of this look. Charlize’s flapper waves, bronzed eyes and nude lip make for red carpet glamour. Copy her hair by creating finger waves with styling paste, but leave the ends loose.

Naomi Watts

2004 Naomi Watts

JUST like Charlize, Naomi Watts glowed. Too much make-up is bad, but there really is no such thing as too much highlighter!

Angelina Jolie

2004 Angelina-Jolie

IF Angelina Jolie isn’t there, is it even really the Oscars? Angelina had all eyes on her when she wore a white satin dress to the Academy Award, but our eyes we’re on her cat eye. It’s a far cry from her dark Morticia Addams look from 2000.



2005 Beyonce

BEYONCÉ in luscious vintage black velvet. Sigh. We also love that she was a pioneer of the double-winged liner trend. It’s 12 years later and only now it’s an established trend.

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank 2005

A rose gold eye isn’t easy to pull off, but when Hilary picked up her 2nd Oscar for Million Dollar Baby she made it look simple. It was about as far from the boxing ring as a look could get.

Gisele Bündchen

Giselle Bundchen 2005

GISELE supported her then boyfriend Leonardo Di Caprio in a strapless flowing white gown. What we love the most about this look is her perfect tan. When you wear white, just remember to get a self-tanning product that doesn’t transfer onto clothes.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore 2005

DREW traded her effortless blonde waves for a brunette up do. Her dark green eyeshadow and pink lipstick added a dash of colour to her look. For someone that rarely even wears black nowadays, we give this Goth attempt an A+.


Michelle Williams

2006 Michelle Williams

HER romantic side bun ignited a trend that can still be worn now – 10 years later. Michelle is super fair and super blonde, so her bright red lips prevent her from being washed out by her yellow Vera Wang dress.

Kiera Knightley

Keira Knightley 2006

WITH all the updos at 2006’s Oscars, Keira’s glamorously curled loose pony was a breath of fresh air. Start by curling hair in tight ringlets, tie hair up and brush through the ponytail softly.

Jada Pinkett-Smith

Jada Pinkett smith 2006

BEFORE Jada decided to boycott the Oscars, she stunned on the red carpet. Want her bronze eye, but don’t have the right eyeshadow? Grab your bronzing palette!

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman 2006

A neutral smokey eye goes with everything. To copy her look, skip the black eyeshadow and use your neutrals, like beige, cream and mauves.

Oscar Don’t!

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter 2006

WE’RE all for throwback hairstyles. Just look how amazing a chignon can look, but Helena’s spiky bangs and lopsided bouffant just don’t do her bone structure justice. Is a bouncy blowout so much to ask for?

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I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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