Sophie Turner's Beauty Evolution Is So Underrated

One can’t help but look at Sophie Turner’s red-carpet beauty style — dotted with romantic loose waves and braided updos — and think she must have grabbed at least a little inspiration from Sansa Stark. Then again, with hair like that, she has no reason not to.

What really separates the actress's look from her on-screen persona's is the way she uses modern makeup to give classic styles a fresh twist. It’s a trick Turner has mastered from day one: take what looks good on you — in her case, a rosy complexion that lets her freckles shine, taupe eyeshadows, and lashes doused in mascara — and add a surprising new element, like a show-stopping matte red lip or flick of black liner.

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The result is a trademark beauty look that feels authentic to Turner, but is never repetitive. See how the star has elevated a natural beauty look to one that matches her growing stardom, ahead.

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2012



For one of her very first Game of Thrones red carpets — when Turner was just 15 — she looked every bit the budding teenage star, with a high pony, silver shadow, and tweezed brows. (We can relate.)
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2013



Just one year later, the actress took the same look and made it a bit more polished. The lower ponytail had a sophisticated vibe, and the makeup was more cohesive yet still very natural-looking, thanks to glossy lips, rosy blush, filled-in brows, and golden eyeshadow, which brought out the tones in her hair to accentuate her eyes and complexion.
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2014



By 2014, the pencil-thin brows were gone, and Turner was experimenting with a braided updo (a little bit of Sansa there, perhaps?) and pink lipstick — a hue she rarely wears on the red carpet.
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2014



Turner took a few of her trademarks — long, flowing hair, golden-yellow eyeshadow — and punched them up for the carpet by adding sparkle to the eyes, pin-straight hair, and a knockout matte red lipstick.
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2015



Can we talk about that hair? Waves that would make a Disney princess (and the rest of us) jealous.
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2015



What a difference a change in hair part makes. Here, Turner traded her signature deep part for one cut right down the centre, giving her once-romantic hair an edgier effect.
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2016



Barely-there waves pulled to the side, ultra-light lipstick, and jet-black mascara all make for signature Sophie style. But it's the use of greige eyeshadow at the centre of the lids that highlighted her metallic dress and pulled the look together.
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2016



Monochromatic makeup offset by aubergine shadow and a halo braid straight outta Thrones made for an unexpected — and super romantic — look on the star.
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2016



Just when we were beginning to think monochromatic makeup and lob haircuts were played out, the actress turned up in this twist on the on-trend pairing, thanks to a few extra coats of eyeshadow and a faux lob created with braid that started at the base of the neck.
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2017



How long do you think it takes Turner to hit pan on her go-to eyeshadow that's slightly darker than her skin tone? Not that we're complaining — her signature look just works, especially when paired with a matte crimson lipstick and flowing waves.
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2017



This was the first time we'd seen Turner with a graphic cat eye, and certainly not the last. Alongside "no-makeup" makeup and her signature S-waves, the look was more than premiere-worthy.
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2018



This look offers everything we love to expect from Turner on a red carpet: dark waterline eyeliner, pink shadow, and a freckle-revealing complexion. But the surprising twist in this style is a big one: Turner's signature long hair was reframed as a mid-length haircut.
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2019

Turner said goodbye to her tenure on Game of Thrones with this dramatic smoky eye at the show's final premiere in New York.
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2019

This past June, the actress reprised her role as Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix, and schooled us all in French-girl beauty while on a European press tour.
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2020


For her first red carpet appearance of the year, Turner went full-on Barbie with her blonde hair teased in sexy, voluminous waves and pale-pink makeup to match.
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