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haven't been too impressed by the hair and makeup looks throughout this awards show season (especially the overplayed rumpled-updo-with-one-lank-piece-drooping-over-the-shoulder). But some of our favorite stars finally redeemed themselves at the ultimate ceremony last night, the Academy Awards. Many A-listers avoided the trendy traps and simply played up their best assets and looked stunning. Here my our picks for the top 5 beauty looks from the Oscars.
Carey Mulligan. Finally, a starlet who doesn't cover up her youthful radiance! Unlike many of her peers who age themselves with heavy makeup and strict hair, 24-year old Mulligan embraces her natural, graceful beauty. Her fresh new platinum hair color enhances her skin, and her makeup is right in tune with her age: fluttery lashes, pale pink blush, and a sheer, slightly shimmery lipcolor. With such a keen sense of what works and what doesn't, it's no wonder she's the newest darling of the fashion world.
Kate Winslet. Yes, she played it safe, but wow! I love her with her hair down, and the loose finger waves accentuate her glamour. The understated eye makeup with rosy cheeks and lips could have been a little too understated for the Oscars, but the addition of strong, defined brows bumps everything up a notch.
Sandra Bullock. She looked absolutely radiant in a Marchesa silver beaded column gown with embroidered illusion bodice as she arrived at the Kodak theatre for the Oscars. She definitely won my vote for Best Look at The Red Carpet. Check out how the Glam Squad achieved her youthful glow here.

Jennifer Lopez. By J. Lo standards, her hair and makeup is rather tame. But with such a statement-making Armani Privé dress, she didn't need to go all out. I love the ethereal peachy-pink cheeks and lips and soft smoky eye makeup, highlighted by those distinct lashes. And this is how you do a messy updo the right way—keep the shape neat and contained, but the finish wispy.

Charlize Theron. A gorgeous example of how to balance all the elements. Her red lips are bright, not vampy, and the rest of her makeup is clean and luminous. Even her simple updo with a deep side part manages to look sexy, by keeping the texture of her hair soft.