Meryl Streep at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood sporting an elegant updo and light makeup. Meryl Streep at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood sporting an elegant
updo and light makeup.

Yes, it really is possible to predict Oscar winners based on previous winners’ hair and makeup.

Award winning actresses all share the remarkable ability to transform themselves on the silver screen. Beyond a good performance, they often share something else: a sense of style, especially
when it comes to beauty.

Vogue caused a tizzy with their report “How to Predict the Golden Globes 2017 Winners by Their Hair and Makeup Looks.” Really, it was a fun chance to look back at the last 38 years of Golden Globes red carpet style. “The results are in,” Vogue reported. “Few things, it seems, win over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association like the demure pairing of an evening updo and natural makeup — just ask Meryl Streep.”

Setting out to put Vogue to the test, we investigated the last 60 years of Oscars trends and came to the same conclusion. More women have in fact won an Academy Award when wearing an updo with natural (or red) lips than any other possible combination. Want the exact statistics? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to supply you with them. Just for now, here’s a look at some of the most memorable appearances to have graced the Academy Awards, updos and downdos, winners and non-winners alike. — ema