We Had No Idea Mandy Moore's Beauty Evolution Was THIS Extreme

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
Sure, we'll never forget Candy, but Mandy Moore’s longevity as an actress and musician has proven she's far more than a teen star we all sang along to in our formative years. Fun fact: Mandy was only 15 years old when her first album was released — and she's been racking up the accolades ever since. From making our teenage selves weep at the end of A Walk to Remember to her Golden Globe nomination this year for This Is Us, Mandy has been a mainstay on the red carpet for the better part of the past two decades.

We’ve always kept an eye on Mandy’s hair and makeup, as she’s gone through every trend right alongside us, for better or for worse. Looking back on her beauty evolution is practically like a walk down memory lane. In a committed relationship with her flat iron in 1999? Us, too. Loving bold lips in 2016? Same — and all the trends in-between, too!

Mandy shows no signs of laying off the beauty experimentation — and, true to form, her latest look is still one to watch. Check out this comprehensive look back at Mandy’s transformation from teen pop sensation to celebrated actress and musician, with a few stops along the way.

1 of 31
Photo: Jim Smeal/WireImage.
1999
When Mandy first hit the scene, her long, straight hair and love of nude lip gloss was basically 1999 personified — and everything we wanted out of our own flat-iron addictions.
Advertisement
2 of 31
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.
2000
Yes, even Mandy fell victim to the layered, shaggy, shoulder-length cut colloquially known as “the Rachel.”
3 of 31
Photo: Evan Agostini / ImageDirect.
2001
The singer paired her loose, barrel-curled updo with lush lashes and a touch of pink gloss at her second Oscars after-party. The result? A fun, flirty, very of-the-moment look.
4 of 31
Photo: S Granitz/WireImage.
Mandy ditched her usual blond locks later that year for a more dramatic chocolate-brown shade — but she held on to that trusty pink lip gloss, of course.
5 of 31
Photo: S Granitz/WireImage.
2002
While the rest of us were still weeping from A Walk to Remember, Mandy showed off her voluminous hair and glowing complexion promoting the film.
6 of 31
Photo: S Granitz/WireImage.
A few months later, she chopped her longer locks in favor of a short, piece-y bob.
Advertisement
7 of 31
Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage.
2003
Mandy went for a flattering pink lip color, and blush to match, at the NYC premiere of How to Deal.
8 of 31
Photo: J. Merritt/FilmMagic.
The brow-grazing bangs and black eyeliner here make for a completely different — and much edgier — look.
9 of 31
Photo: K Mazur/WireImage.
It wasn’t long before Mandy returned to her playful bob, which she wore with trendy, light-blue eyeshadow at the Billboard Music Awards.
10 of 31
Photo: Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic.
2004
Beige lipstick, a new pixie cut, and a pop of blush make the low-key star edgier than normal — with a hint of glamour, to boot.
11 of 31
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2005
With a light, strawberry-blond hair color and fresh, dewy skin, Mandy’s green eyes became the star of the show.
Advertisement
12 of 31
Photo: Scott Kowlchyk/Patrick McMullan/ Getty Images.
Long extensions made Mandy look like a true pop star.
13 of 31
Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic.
2006
With her hair a much darker brown — and a sheer wash of blue shadow on her eyes — Mandy’s aesthetic took a dramatic turn.
14 of 31
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.
2007
Soon enough, however, she switched it up with a lighter shade and the full-on bronzed look for the Hollywood premiere of License to Wed.
15 of 31
Photo: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images.
2008
Face-framing bangs and a subtle cat-eye complemented a more pared-down, natural look.
16 of 31
Photo: Todd Williamson/WireImage.
Later that year, she rocked loose, romantic waves in a flattering caramel-blond color.
Advertisement
17 of 31
Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
A shoulder-length cut made Mandy’s newly dark hair look thick and healthy, while a wash of peach-toned blush added a flattering touch.
18 of 31
Photo: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.
2009
These side-bangs put major emphasis on Mandy’s cheekbones.
19 of 31
Photo: Charley Gallay/ Getty Images.
2010
She went back to black at the Hollywood premiere of Frankie & Alice. The new hue, combined with subtle, mauve lip color and a touch of blush, couldn’t have been more flattering.
20 of 31
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2011
With her hair a rich, natural-looking brown and a gorgeous neutral lip color to boot, Mandy looked perfectly polished.
21 of 31
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
This dewy skin, orange lips, and pulled-back updo trifecta was totally on-point for the Academy Awards.
Advertisement
22 of 31
Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.
2012
The combo of straight, shiny hair and bold, berry lipstick — and not much else — gave Mandy a cool, modern look.
23 of 31
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2013
Old Hollywood, '40s-inspired curls and a radiant, dewy complexion strike the perfect balance between classic and modern.
24 of 31
Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage.
2014
This is the year Mandy mastered the perfect tousled texture and grown-out ombré.
25 of 31
Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.
2016
Mod bangs and glossy, poppy-red lips? Sign us up.
26 of 31
Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images.
This center-parted style is proof of just how versatile a proper set of bangs can be.
Advertisement
27 of 31
Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images.
Mandy threw us for a loop with this curly 'do and glam makeup look — a huge departure from her usual style choices — and we love it.
28 of 31
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
She returned to her softer side, but added a vivid, orange lip color for good measure at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic this year.
29 of 31
Photo: Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images.
A deep side-part and the perfect amount of wave gave this red carpet-ready look all the glamour it needed.
30 of 31
Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
Mandy stunned at the Critics’ Choice Awards with her modern take on the bouffant and neutral, matte lips.
31 of 31
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!
Advertisement