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Oscars: Pati Dubroff picks top beauty looks from past Academy Awards

February 27, 2011 |  8:00 am


When the Oscars broadcast starts Sunday, those of us at home will be treated to quite a fashion show as stars sashay down the red carpet in gorgeous gowns.

Most of them will have gorgeous hair and makeup, too. We asked celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff -- who is the go-to artist for some of the most recognizable beauties in town -- to name the top three Oscar looks from years past. Bonus: Click here to find out how you can recreate the look Dubroff devised for client Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2005 awards. Yes, of course, it's one of her three favorite looks of all time!

Here, in Dubroff's words, are her choices:


Gwyneth Paltrow, 77th Academy Awards (2005)
For this look, I wanted to define Gwyneth's eyes and lips yet still maintain a purity in order not to overpower the softness of the dress and her gorgeous blond hair. I chose pewter metallics for her eyes to really bring out the blue and let them shine. Lots of coats of black mascara to further enhance and frame her eyes. The lip was a lipstick the same color as her naturally rosy lip -- just amped up so she wouldn't get washed out.


Elizabeth Taylor, 26th Academy Awards (1954)
What I love about this look is that as much as it says "classic Hollywood," it also feels that it could be right now -- spunky, sassy and refined at the same time. The haircut and the defined brow speak to the strength of her character and ... [a] red lip is always perfect on the red carpet.


Halle Berry, 74th Academy Awards (2002)
I love that Halle always looks polished and never overdone. Her skin is perfectly radiant, and eyes and lips are defined yet not overpowering. The tones complement her skin and dress, yet don't distract from that perfect skin.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Top photo: Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubrof's demonstrates how she got Gwyneth Paltrow's look from the 2005 Oscars. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Second photo: Gwyneth Paltrow at the 77th Academy Awards. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Third photo: Walt Disney displays four Oscars he won at 26th Academy Awards to actress Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Michael Wilding, on March 25, 1954. Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photo: Halle Berry at the 74th Academy Awards. Credit: Mike Nelson / AFP/Getty Images