For many Oscars red carpet walkers, the time spent preparing for the awards ceremony can be longer than their time at the event.

Deciding on what to wear is an arduous task and beyond picking the dress, makeup and hair become crucial elements to complete a star's look.

And as diverse as the gowns, here are our favourite faces from last night's red carpet.

1. Lorde

The kiwi muso kept her makeup reasonably natural, taming her wild locks and adding a dewy nude lip and a pastel blue to her lids.

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Lorde. Photo / Getty
Lorde. Photo / Getty

2. Lily Collins

A dark lip paired with a dark eye doesn't work for everyone. But by choosing slightly softer autumnal tones, Lily killed it with a plum lip and 1920s finger waves.

Lily Collins. Photo / Getty
Lily Collins. Photo / Getty

3. Naomi Watts

For a sure fire classic, nothing works better than a statement lip and a natural wave.

Naomi Watts. Photo / Getty
Naomi Watts. Photo / Getty

4. Jessica Alba

Alba opted for a natural feel with a hint of a bronzed smoky eye. This could be adapted as an everyday look to rock alongside luscious curls.

Jessica Alba. Photo / Getty
Jessica Alba. Photo / Getty

5. Kate Bosworth

Already a striking beauty with two different eye colours, we love the way Kate chose a coral hue to make her eyes pop.

Kate Bosworth. Photo / Getty
Kate Bosworth. Photo / Getty

- nzherald.co.nz