Sunday marks the 88th Academy Awards and we're expecting to be as wowed by the beauty looks as were are by the fashion. An actress's beauty look carries equal importance, as it's that finishing touch that can take a dress from beautiful to unforgettable. You can't remember Michelle Williams's canary yellow Vera Wang without recalling just how perfectly it matched her crimson red lip. Or how Marion Cotillard's shimmering scalloped Jean Paul Gaultier dress shone brighter against her glossy side-parted waves. And Gwyneth Paltow's pink taffeta Ralph Lauren gown was made all the more romantic by an elegant up-do and soft make-up.
See 15 of our favourite Oscars beauty looks from years past in our gallery above.