We love awards shows for the amazing fashion, but we're also obsessed with how stars style their hair and makeup. Over the years, we've seen celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow look rather drab, while Drew Barrymore made retro hairstyles look completely fab. Ahead of the 2021 Golden Globes, which air on Feb. 28, Wonderwall.com is rounding up some of the most buzzed-about beauty looks from previous years. First up? Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999. That year, the actress won a Golden Globe for her work in "Shakespeare in Love," but her long locks and simple makeup left a lot to be desired. In fact, that half-up, half-down straight-hair look seemed more appropriate for an afternoon outing than the red carpet at a major awards show. Keep reading for more memorable looks…
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"Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker always has fun when it comes to fashion and hairstyles — much like the show's Carrie Bradshaw. But on the evening that she took home a Globe for her performance on her hit HBO show in 2001, her hair was a major faux pas. Not only was the color too blonde for her complexion, but it also looked harsh next to her dark eyebrows. Plus, simply pulling her locks into a ponytail seemed like the easy way out for such a glamorous night. Also underwhelming? That pink shade on her lip. SJP, you should know better!
At the 2001 Golden Globes, Beyonce was just on the cusp of her huge career — all at the tender age of 20. And she looked it! We love that she kept things youthful by letting her curls down and matching her lip color to her bright dress.
Ellen DeGeneres's other half, Portia de Rossi, looked very different in 2002. Between the cat-eye makeup, the bouffant and those layers of choker necklaces, the actress looked more goth than glam at the 2002 Golden Globes. We can't imagine Portia stepping out of the house with her hair and makeup looking like this today.
Speaking of goth, get a load of Sharon Stone at the 2003 Golden Globes! While she looked fabulous in a black glittery dress, her beauty look was questionable. First off, there's that shaggy hairstyle that seems unsightly for an awards show. And, though she's wearing diamonds, the "Casino" star added a collar-like choker — a strange accessory addition.
Charlize Theron was up for best supporting actress for her performance in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" in 2004. And while she didn't win, she definitely garnered attention for her girl-next-door look. At 29, Charlize looked fresh-faced with natural makeup and a simple 'do. In fact, it was so breezy that all she did was pin back the left side of her hair with a glitzy clip. And though it was understated, it was a winner!
Part of Scarlett Johansson's charm is that she can easily transform her look into something retro. At the 2005 Golden Globes when she was just 19, ScarJo stepped out with her hair curled in big ringlets to create this illusion of a bob. And she was already an expert at painting her signature pout a red wine color.
Hello, '80s eye makeup! While these days we rarely find anything wrong with Rachel Weisz, this colorful makeup was not a good choice in 2006. The purple eye shadow looked too matchy-matchy with her gown and her hair appeared more disheveled than styled. Rachel won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her work in "The Constant Gardener" that year.
Snooki, is that you? No, sadly, it's "Entourage" star Emmanuelle Chriqui, who sported a super-high poof at the 2007 Golden Globes. Surely she could have come up with something a little bit more glamorous for her long, curly brunette locks?! At least her makeup looked good!
Yikes! Mary Kate Olsen really should've looked in the mirror before she left the house! Her peroxide blonde hair along with her dark makeup and very pale skin created a disastrous look at the 2007 Golden Globes. Thankfully, the star learned that blonde isn't her color.
When it comes to red carpet looks, Drew Barrymore more often than not goes for something quirky. But at the 2009 Golden Globes, we loved her wild look! Her icy blue eye shadow and dark eyeliner perfectly complemented her dress, while her retro-inspired hair was teased and voluminous.
Fergie usually looks glamorous on a red carpet, but that's not what happened at the 2010 Golden Globes. The usually blonde singer was brunette that year and the dark shade washed her out. Her neutral lip did nothing to enhance her red carpet look either. Demure isn't your thing, Ferg!
Sofia Vergara, is that you? The "Modern Family" star stepped out with her dark hair pulled back in a messy ponytail at the 2010 Golden Globes — a far cry from her usual red carpet vibe. Sadly, the laid-back hairstyle and frumpy dress didn't make a winning combo.
The best part of Michelle Williams' red carpet style is that she always manages to look beautiful, but also like she's not trying too hard. Like this look where she donned simple makeup and styled her cropped hair flawlessly at the 2011 Golden Globes.
Don't worry! Bad choices are not just for Hollywood's most glamorous women — sometimes guys like Johnny Depp make missteps too. At the 2011 Golden Globes, Johnny made the effort to get dressed up in a tux, but seemingly forgot to brush his hair.
Most people with gray hair are older, but Kelly Osbourne chose to sport a grayish-lavender hue when she was 28. Sure, she added a touch of purple to her hair, but this pastel slicked-back 'do did nothing to boost her style. Instead, it just looked stuffy and strange at the 2012 Golden Globes.
Leave it to Rooney Mara to wear a simple low-placed ponytail to the Golden Globes when she was nominated for best actress for "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in 2012. We appreciated her subtle take on glamour: black dress, black hair, black eye makeup.
Her rendition of "Skyfall" from the 2013 James Bond movie of the same name landed Adele an invite to that year's Globes — and she made quite the splash. Mere months after giving birth to her son, Adele looked graceful and sophisticated thanks to this well-done retro beehive on the night she took home her first Golden Globe Award.
Yikes! Though we're used to Jennifer Lawrence wowing on red carpets, her look at the 2014 Golden Globes was an entirely different story. She showed off a super-short 'do, which we would have loved to have seen paired with phenomenal makeup. Unfortunately, we got a sparkly silver eyeshadow and dramatically dark lip that clashed horribly with those coral and green earrings.
Old Hollywood waves? Check! Bold red lip? Check! Heidi Klum knocked it out of the park in 2015, rocking these glamorous curls and matching her vibrant red lip shade to her equally beautiful red gown.
We're used to Lady Gaga being a chameleon when it comes to her red carpet appearances, but this 2016 Golden Globes look was not one of her finest. That fake shade of blonde certainly didn't suit her, nor did the curls and short length. Despite the dreary hair, we have to admit that her eyeliner was perfectly on-point.
Kerry Washington's beauty look wowed on the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet. Just look at that beautiful berry-hued lip and the warm-toned bronze eyeshadow. And with such phenomenal makeup, keeping her hair sleek and straight was the perfect decision.
Mandy Moore opted for a very low and center-parted slicked-back bun at the 2018 Golden Globes. That wise decision was complemented by her choice of subtle pale pink eyeshadow and a bold red lip when it came time to add makeup.
What was she thinking?! Kate Mara's hairstyle at the 2019 Golden Globes left us all scratching our heads. The sky-high part-braid, part-ponytail attached to the back of her head was a bold choice for such a big event. Unfortunately, it fell flat and even her dramatic berry-hued makeup couldn't help.
Jennifer Lopez's makeup was flawless when she stepped onto the red carpet at the 2020 Golden Globes. Her hair, however, was a veritable nest of problems. Why she added an enormous braided hairpiece when a simple bun would have sufficed remains a mystery.