Reese Witherspoon's Beauty Evolution Proves She Has The Fountain Of Youth

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
We imagine many important things happened on this day 40 years ago, but right now, we're going to focus on the fact that it's the day Reese Witherspoon was born, destined to bring us all our favorite films.
She educated us on perms and endorphins in Legally Blonde, inspired us to cut our hair after Sweet Home Alabama and Just Like Heaven, and if you put a photo of her from Cruel Intentions beside a shot from Wild, you wouldn't be able to tell any time had passed. It's kind of ridiculous how good she looks, so our only explanation is that she’s discovered the Fountain of Youth and has been sipping from it for years.
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In honor of her birthday, we're paying tribute with a beauty evolution that proves age is just a number and celebrates Reese's best red carpet moments.
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Photo: S. Granitz/WireImage.
1994

When Reese first stepped onto the Hollywood scene, she was practically Cher Horowitz 's twin. That thick, long hair that appears as though it was brushed at least 100 times a day isn't even fair.
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Photo: S. Granitz/WireImage.
1996

Two years later, and Witherspoon had cut her hair post-Fear.
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Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.
1998

There's nothing more '90s than a brick-red lip and powder blue top.
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Photo: Hal Horowitz/WireImage.
2000

She looks great when she goes blonder and bare-faced.
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Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.
2001

Witherspoon opted for barrel curls and minimal makeup for her second walk down the Golden Globes carpet.
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2001

This stick-straight, sharp bob is so chic.
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2002

At the 74th Annual Academy Awards, the actress looked like a '20s flapper with her molded curls and sleek cut.
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Photo: James Devaney/WireImage.
2004

Goodbye, blond. Hello, gorgeous, rich, chocolate-y brunette.
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Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.
2004

With a tan, dark hair, and pink lips, we barely recognize the actress.
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Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.
2005

Witherspoon went back to her roots, but kept a few darker strands to warm up her face.
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Photo: J. Merritt/FilmMagic.
2005

It's hard not to love Witherspoon's voluminous blowout at the Just Like Heaven premiere.
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Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.
2006

Her subtle cat-eye and rosy lip look didn't fail her the night she won her first Oscar.
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Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
2007

The most popular bangs in Hollywood made their first real appearance in 2007, and they're just as cool a decade later.
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Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.
2007

Have S-waves ever looked so good?
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Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images.
2008

Back to the bob. This time, Witherspoon chose an asymmetrical cut to flatter her sharp bone structure.
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Photo: Eamonn McCormack/WireImage.
2009

She makes the case for skin first, makeup second.
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Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images.
2010

We never knew someone could rock side-swept bangs so well.
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Photo: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic.
2010

Even celebrities have to go through the awkward bangs phase — but she's working it.
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Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images.
2011

Witherspoon turned the lob into a trend way back when.
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Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage.
2011

Witherspoon rocked a classic bump and half-up updo for the Water for Elephants premiere in Sydney, Australia.
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Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.
2012

The hairstyle that made us all wonder which salt spray she uses.
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Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage.
2012

Pink lipstick and a ponytail makes for a sunny look.
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Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
2013

Proof that old Hollywood glamour will never, ever fail you.
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2013

The actress is just like us in that it seems she's always cutting her hair short whenever she's in a rut.
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Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2014

There's nothing like an intense bronze shadow to showcase blue eyes.
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Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2014

While the Big Little Lies star is rarely one to rock a bold lip, this orange-red look kills.
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Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage.
2015

Witherspoon put the focus on a mauve lip and smoky brown eye for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild.
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Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.
2015

Sometimes all you need is a subtle glow and spray tan to take a look go from zero to 100.
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Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2016

Gold, pink, and purple is the perfect color combo when it's on Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars.
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Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2016

Loose waves and some lower lash liner are all you need to look completely pulled together.
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Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2017

Deep side parts are still going strong, as the actress showed us at the Golden Globes.
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Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2017

The prettiest undone ponytail ever.
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2017

We're copying her heavy eye makeup from this year's Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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