Unlike other galas or events that have transformed into sartorial extravaganzas over time, Golden Globe Awards night has always asserted itself as an evening for beauty fans. From Marilyn Monroe's stunning cat eye in 1962 to more recent beauty icons — like Dakota Johnson, Janelle Monáe, and Lupita Nyong’o — the evening’s always been the ultimate excuse to pull out all the stops. As such, the best Golden Globes beauty moments of all time also happen to be some of the greatest in general Hollywood history.
Looking back, you can also see instances where a certain look might've had a hand in transforming the beauty industry entirely. Take Beyoncé’s Golden Globes beauty look from 2007 for example. You could practically hear the impact that her shimmering skin, nude lip gloss, and long, honey-blonde hair had on mid-2000s style. All three product categories might've been trending before the award show, but after Beyoncé got on board, body oil and a glossy lip were just as standard in a going-out routine as a swipe of mascara.
Below, explore a selection of TZR’s forever favorite makeup, hair, and all-around beauty moments from the Golden Globe Awards.
Marilyn Monroe, 1962
Monroe’s signature look from the '60s is still on trend, and likely won’t ever go out of style. The cat eye, arched brows, and opaque lipstick are just so good — not to mention her big, bombshell hairstyle.
Beauty icons don’t get much bigger than Cher, and her award show style always delivers. At the 1973 event, she wore bold, spiky lashes just beneath her perfectly fluffed-up brows.
Donna Summer, 1979
Summer’s disco diva vibe electrified the 1979 Globes. Her trademark larger-than-life dance floor curls were in full form, as was her soft indigo eyeshadow.
Brooke Shields, 1985
An enduring icon for 40-plus years, Shields’ star was cemented around the mid-80s. With her lash-skimming bangs and legendarily full eyebrows, it was an inevitability.
Meryl Streep, 1989
All the hallmarks of ‘80s style are present in this glam Streep look. Gold lamé suit set? Check. Big, voluminous bangs? Check. A frosty shade of brick-red lipstick? Cheeeeck.
Whoopi Goldberg, 1991
A dark lip and long, glossy braids were a stunning combination on Goldberg, and an early sign of the '90s beauty trends that would come to define the decade.
Nicole Kidman, 1996
In the ‘90s, regardless of age, it was all about the prom-perfect updo at award shows. Kidman’s one of the ultimate examples, with dramatic bangs and a big, looping bouffant in the back.
Angelina Jolie, 1998
The short hair! The gray eyeshadow! The tattoo! Jolie stepped onto the red carpet in 1998 in this Golden Globes look, and forever changed the definition of “cool girl.”
Halle Berry, 2000
And speaking of short hair — few pixie cuts throughout history have had more of an impact than Berry’s. Spiky and chic, it only highlighted her incredible bone structure.
Cate Blanchett, 2005
From the cherubic blush to the clean eyeshadow to the dreamy lashes, this 2005 Blanchett look is worthy of recreating more than 15 years later.
Rich, warm blonde has always been a Beyoncé favorite, and this bronde shade from 2007 is still on trend to this day. Coupled with her shining décolletage and gold sequined gown, she absolutely glows.
Jennifer Aniston, 2010
Rachel who? Aniston charged into the 2010s with a new, equally enviable hairstyle, proudly shown off at the decade’s first Golden Globes ceremony.
Lupita Nyong’o, 2014
Nyong’o’s classic red lip and cat-eye harken back to Old Hollywood glamour. The shiny lid is an extra-sleek touch, as is her deep side part.
Dakota Johnson, 2015
Johnson secured breakout star status in 2015 with the Fifty Shades series, bringing curtain bangs into the mainstream. Another notable component? This petal-soft, matte plum lipstick.
Janelle Monáe, 2017
Books could be written about Monáe’s hairstyles, including this pearl-dotted beehive-style updo. It’s the perfect extension of her bespoke retro-meets-modern aesthetic.
Lucy Boynton, 2020
Boynton boldly goes where few beauty fans have gone before, and this futuristic silver eyeliner stunned editors and fans alike. The sparkle continued into her platinum blonde bob, a burst of metallics through the side.
Angela Bassett, 2021
Bassett’s brand of revved-up glamour would be a hit in any era, but special attention must be paid to her 2021 Golden Globes look. Her shimmery aubergine eyeshadow is incredible, underscored by the thigh-skimming braid draped elegantly over one shoulder.
Michelle Yeoh, 2022
It’s impossible to pick a standout component from Yeoh’s wildly elegant Globes look — how can you choose between her reflectively shiny hair, glowing cheeks, and delicate satin lipstick?
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