Proof That Jessica Biel Is The Queen Of Effortless Red-Carpet Beauty

Whether you just recently gained a new appreciation for her acting chops after getting hooked on The Sinner or have been following every step of her career since the 7th Heaven days, Jessica Biel's beauty evolution has been nothing short of epic. The actress tends to keep a lower profile than many other red-carpet regulars, but that's part of her appeal: Her aesthetic is subtle and simple, but always impactful, and she somehow manages to make effortless, natural-looking bronde highlights look fresh time and time again.

That said, this is a star who got her start in the early '00s we're talking about, so her biggest beauty moments haven't always been understated. Not just anyone can evolve from being one of the most recognizable teens on TV into a major beauty force, but Biel has pulled it off seamlessly... and married a boy-band icon, too, while she's at it.

There's no better occasion than her birthday to look back on Biel's beauty evolution over the years, so click ahead to see the star's best red-carpet looks of all time... and just try to resist the urge to pull out the crimping iron and smudgy black liner.

Photo: Jim Smeal/WireImage.
1998

In the late '90s, Biel was just getting started on the scene as the big sister we always wished we had. But who knew her timely cut would make a major comeback last year on stars like Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid?
Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.
1999

Crimped hair, bronze smoky eye, gloss, and a choker? Today, this might be too much trend for one person, but back then, this was the It-girl style we idolized from afar (and immediately copied from Claire's).
Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
2001

Biel went with this warm, buttery hue for her first taste of blonde life.
Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
2002

Our favorite hair color trend of the moment — "root beer" hair — was spotted on Biel long before it was ever on our radar.
Photo: Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage.
2003

Just like her future husband, Biel loved a good hair accessory back in the early '00s.
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2004

Biel eventually went back to her roots, pairing the soft brunette color with monochromatic pink makeup.
Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images.
2005

Biel has proved over the years that clear gloss is always a good idea.
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2006

Biel's full, perfectly highlighted lob has us reaching for the volumizing spray.
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
2007

A year later, Biel went back to the dark side with a rich brown that brings out her green eyes.
Photo: Jon Furniss/WireImage.
2008

We barely recognized Biel in this bright blonde hue.
Photo: David Livingston/WireImage.
2009

And so begins Biel's evolution to her final hair-color form: bronde.
Photo: Gregg DeGuire/MTV/FilmMagic.
2010

If you didn't bring this photo to the salon to try and match your ombré to Biel's, did you even go ombré?
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2011

Biel's soft shading provided major contour goals at this red-carpet appearance.
Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images.
2012

Biel's bold bangs were perfectly retro with her classic cat-eye.
Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images.
2013

If you still need convincing that "upside down" liner is the trend to try ASAP, here's your teal under-eye proof.
Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
2014

Channeling some old Hollywood glamour, Biel opted for side-swept waves paired with fresh, modern "no-makeup" makeup.
Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage.
2015

A slightly undone updo and rosy flush make for a look that's effortless yet elegant.
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
2016

Biel's sunkissed hair color is the easiest way for the average person to channel a beachy Cali-girl vibe without, you know, actually being in California.
Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.
2017

If you spot a sleek updo on Biel, it's probably the work of celebrity stylist Adir Abergel. Leave it to the beloved hair guru to reinvent an otherwise predictable look.
Photo: Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/Getty Images.
2018

Going blond can be more than a day-long journey, but Biel achieved her new cream-soda color in under an hour.
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!
Show More Comments...