Kerry Washington, 2016 Oscars, Academy Awards, Beauty

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Every Oscars, we can expect a certain standard of beauty looks. Cat-eyes are fierce rather than more classic. Red lips are as precise as they come. Skin looks damn-near flawless and radiant. This year, however, celebs took red carpet mainstays to the next level.

Kerry Washington, Sofia Vergara and Saoirse Ronan made a statement with bold colors and dramatic techniques.

Even celebs donning natural-looking makeup (see: Julianne Moore, Jennifer Garner and almost every other celeb) somehow managed to make wearing less look so much more.

Don't just take our word for it—click through to see the best beauty looks at the 2016 Oscars!

Watch E!'s live 2016 Oscars red carpet coverage starting at 1:30p.m. ET/10:30a.m. PT on Sunday, February 28th

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