As we prepare for the Kentucky Derby (just a few short weeks away), we're scrounging up our best mint julep recipe  and some fancy fascinators. Above all, we're trying to figure out how to balance a big hat with a bold beauty look. That's why we're taking a look back at how stars do it up at the derby. Read on to see how everyone from Miranda Lambert to Lauren Conrad  served gorgeous inspiration in years past — and gave the term "hat hair" a much chicer meaning.
At the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the Miss America winner  wore a sheer hat with coral accents that matched her outfit.
The Lady Antebellum singer wore a fluffy fishtail braid under her floppy hat at the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
At the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the screenwriter wore an intricate, web-like headdress.
The figure skater attended the 2016 Kentucky Derby wearing a red feather-accented fascinator.
The star peeked out coyly from beneath her large black-and-white topper at the 2015 Kentucky Derby, showing off rosy lips and cheeks.
The figure skater attended the 2015 Kentucky Derby wearing a pretty pastel braided fascinator that mimicked the tones in her dress and hair.
At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, the Modern Family star wore a crimson velvet hat with a beguiling cage veil.
At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Kendra's floppy black hat added even more sex appeal to her beauty look, which was focused around a smoky eye.
The model attended the 2015 Kentucky Derby with an elegant maroon fascinator that made her skin look even more luminous.
Model Courtney Bingham matched her floppy magenta hat to her lipstick at the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
At the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Beth's radiant complexion and fiery lipstick hue beautifully complemented her outfit.
Actress Brooke Anderson tucked an updo under her large sapphire topper at the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
Miranda accented her bold hair bow with cascading curls and a matching matte lipstick.
Figure skater Tara Lipinski wore soft shades of pink, peach, and lilac to the 2014 Kentucky Derby, a pretty pairing to her rose-accented hat.
Beach waves and coral lipstick were all Jordin needed to look fresh under her ivory hat at the 2014 derby.
At the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Angela set off her huge floral fascinator with glowing skin and sheer lip gloss.
Always one for feminine beauty, Lauren Conrad  paired her signature glossy hair with pink lipstick and plenty of blush.
A pop of red on the lips and a flick of black liner comprised Krysten Ritter's look for the 2013 Derby.
Actress Angela Bassett tucked her pixie under her elaborate chapeau and opted for rosy cheeks and bold brows.
British beauty Jane Seymour looked gorgeous with glossy hair and natural makeup.
Peach lipstick and inky black eyeliner paired beautifully with Miranda Lambert's beachy waves at the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
In 2013, Coco Rocha paired her pink floral fascinator with her lip hue and a sexy cat eye.
At the 2013 Unbridled Eve Gala, Lauren Conrad  opted for brushed-out waves and a sparking brooch.