When People asked a younger Selena Gomez to describe her style back in 2009, she answered, “80-year old woman.” She was kidding, but also not completely. And, as beauty trajectories go, the advanced M.O. has served her well.
Unlike many of her peers, Gomez's red carpet evolution is noticeably absent of rainbow hair or fleeting makeup trends. Instead, she opts for classics like old-Hollywood waves, soft updos, smoky eyes, and crimson lips. Still, she’s managed to pull off sophisticated beauty without appearing pearl-clutchingingly conservative. The secret? Modernizing the looks with an edgy outfit, like this Atelier Versace number.
The strategy has served as a best case scenario for transitioning from Disney tween to graceful megastar. Ahead, the unexpected leader of old school shows us how it’s done, 29 different ways.
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Is it just us or can you actually see your reflection in Gomez's glossy mane? Her 2013 strands had us Googling “how to get really shiny hair now.”
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Simple, center-parted hair (worn here in 2014) not only became a major trend during 2015’s award season, but the look serves as a perfect compliment to a bright red lip and mega lashes. Oh, and can we talk about those matching earrings for a sec?
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Gomez shocked Instagram fans when she chopped her waist-length hair into a layered lob in 2015. When styled with peek-a-boo bangs weeks later, we were instantly smitten.
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Our favorite part about Selena’s 2016 Grammys look? It was created with drugstore makeup — and the genius hands of makeup artist Linda Hay.
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Gomez's '70s-inspired bangs complemented her honey blond highlights and wavy texture‚ which she wore for the rest of her Revival tour.
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Gomez chopped her hair — and then lopped off a few more inches to her collarbone shortly thereafter. We hadn't seen the star like this since her Wizards of Waverly Place days — and we dig it.
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Are we all getting the sense that this shoulder-grazing lob is Gomez's favorite? And when she adds this beachy texture, it might just be ours, too.
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