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Best of the beauty: Hair and makeup highlights from the Oscars 2012

As well as studying the dresses, we've also been keeping a close eye on the hair and makeup from the Oscars red carpet, plus all the parties that followed.

angelina-jolie-penelope-cruz-jessica-chastainAngelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Jessica Chastain at the Oscars 2012. Photos: Getty Images

It was refreshing to see that the traditional, rigid updos were shunned in favour of tousled and vintage-inspired styles. (Jessica Chastain and Angelina Jolie were the leaders of this look, with their flowing, loosely curled locks).

As for the makeup, there were two key lip colours: classic red a la Angelina (she looked even more drop-dead-gorgeous than usual with this pillar-box shade) or nearly nude, as seen on the oh-so-stunning Penelope Cruz, who embraced classic Hollywood glamour.

So who else got it right on the beauty front last night? Take a look below to see our top looks from all the red carpets and let us know which celeb got it right in a comment.

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