We look up to the performers walking the Oscars red carpet this year probably more than ever before. In a political climate where sharing your activism with reporters is just as important as revealing why your brows look so good, women are freer than ever to express themselves, intellectually and physically, in an authentic way.
That became really clear as the Oscars 2018 red carpet looks started to roll in. This year's top films feature a diverse array of fresh faces, from Get Out's Betty Gabriel to Baby Driver's Eiza González and more. This year, we saw super-glowy skin, pink and purple lips, and romantic hairstyles—perhaps a loving homage to the power of femininity itself. Want to feel majorly inspired by the 2018 Oscars red carpet beauty looks? Just click through.
Leave it to Salma Hayek to look like an actual queen in monochromatic purple. The grapey lip and soft half-up hairstyle scream 18th-century goddess.
Old Hollywood glamour was clearly the goal for Get Out actress Allison Williams this year. We also can't help but think her shiny '40s hairstyle, pale lips and long lashes would make a gorgeous wedding look.
When we first saw this romantic half updo on Get Out's Betty Gabriel, we may have gasped (but like, a subtle gasp). Her soft berry lip and long lashes complement the royal motif.
Margot Robbie is giving us every reason to cut our hair to lob length. And we are living for that subtle, bendy wave.
What we would give to look as glowy and effortless as Ashley Judd. Her soft blowout and nude makeup are an understated take on red carpet makeup.
You can always trust Viola Davis to bring '70s goddess vibes to the red carpet. They should literally model the Oscar statue after her.
Baby Driver actress and Neutrogena spokesmodel Eiza González went with an orangey-red lip that would look simply fire on anyone with warm undertones.
Big, big fans of Elisabeth Moss's watermelon pink lip over here. Paired with her sunshiny blonde, it's perfection.
Writer and transgender activist Janet Mock went for big, soft curls and a showstopping smoky eye.
Gina Rodriguez's slicked-back pony allows her radiant skin and light shimmery eye shadow to take center stage.
Mary J. Blige's sky-high blonde pompadour and fierce cat eye are what glamorous events like the Oscars are all about.
Helen Mirren's bright pink blush and coordinating lip are impossibly pretty.
Taraji P. Henson and Salma Hayek must have taken their lip inspiration from the same place. That deep grape is incredibly flattering on olive complexions.
Ladybird director Greta Gerwig sports her signature reddish lip and bright blonde '20s-esque bob. Obsessed, per usual.
We always look forward to Zendaya's risk-taking red carpet looks. We're inspired by this sultry smoky eye and slick topknot. Perhaps we'll attempt to re-create this for our next formal event.
Getting Brigitte Bardot–meets–California girl vibes from Jennifer Lawrence's free-flowing waves this year.
Ladybird star and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan couldn't look more youthful with her straightened bob and barely-there coral-pink makeup.
Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o looks truly superhuman with her futuristic navy eye look and gold hair piece.
There has never been, nor will there ever be, a movie star more jaw-droppingly glamorous than Nicole Kidman. Who else in Hollywood has hair blonder, eyes more piercing or better taste in red lipstick?
Emily Blunt's ice blonde updo and pink lip are perfectly British-girl chic.
Gal Gadot's brick red lip is a standout on the carpet this year.