The 5 Best, Most Interesting Beauty Looks From the Oscars

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Why do beach waves when you could look like Kerry Washington or Rooney Mara?
Why do beach waves when you could look like Kerry Washington or Rooney Mara?Photo: Getty Images

The Oscars red-carpet beauty roundup is short this year, and for good reason: Save the five looks below, the red carpet was pretty predictable. Standouts included a great high pony, a dinosaur-like hairdo, a romantic twist on a typical braid, and a grown-up look for an ingenue.

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Photo: Christopher Polk

Rooney Mara’s Rey-like buns stood out as a stylish and beautiful respite from all that red-carpet beach hair. She looked a bit like a clipped, chic triceratops from the side, but the edginess of her three mini buns, created by Adir Abergel, worked well with her Givenchy dress and her strong side eye.

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Make Room for Brie Larson's hair. Photo: Kevork Djansezian

If Brie Larson’s sapphire gown said “ho-hum,” her hair sang a much livelier tune. Hairstylist Mara Roszak for L’Oréal Paris curled Larson’s hair in soft waves before twisting and pinning the front section back. She weaved a piece of diamond-like fabric through the twists for a dreamy finish that screamed, “Look at me!” even if her dress said otherwise.

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A high ponytail that's kicking ass and taking names. Photo: Kevork Djansezian

The ultimate companion to a gladiator-inspired Oscars dress? A high ponytail, of course. Longtime hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew teased Kerry Washington’s roots and added a clip-in extension or two, for maximum length. Washington’s breathtaking presence, however, is au naturel.

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If only this was the Brooklyn look. Photo: Jason Merritt

Saoirse Ronan paired pretty, loose waves with a smoky eye that practically burned through the screen. A glittery Calvin Klein dress matched her emerald shadow, which was made complete with a rim of black eyeliner. Not quite sure this is a Brooklyn look, but we’ll take it, nonetheless.

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Hair so good it almost makes up for her cheese wheel loss. Photo: George Pimentel

Naturally Tresemmé spokeswoman Chrissy Teigen employed the hair-care brand for this Rapunzel braid on steroids. Celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood first spritzed her roots with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer for a bit of lift. He then went to work on the braids. Don’t worry if this look seems impossible to pull off with your feeble hair. Wood used extensions too.