Celebrity Transformations Jennifer Lopez's Beauty Evolution, From the '90s to Today From the Bronx to the red carpet, see J.Lo's most memorable looks. By Krista Carter Krista Carter Krista Carter is a writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience working in beauty and fashion. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on January 9, 2023 @ 09:14AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic She sings, she acts, she dances. Jennifer Lopez does it all. Over the course of her three-decade career, the performing artist has always managed to leave us entertained (see: heart-fluttering rom-coms, epic Super Bowl halftime performance, stunning red carpet moments) and coming back for more. Her imposing talent and arresting beauty make her one of the most successful and sought-after celebs in the industry. To celebrate the icon (and perhaps stoke our obsession even further), we are taking a look back at her most memorable beauty looks to date. Jennifer Lopez in Her Own Words (and Everyone Else's) Keep scrolling for Jennifer Lopez's beauty evolution from the '80s to today. 01 of 25 1987 Yearbook Archives Lopez graduated from Preston High School in the Bronx with big dreams. "I remember watching Rita Moreno in West Side Story and going, 'That's what I want to do. I want to sing and I want to dance and I want to act,'" she said. 02 of 25 1997 Steve Granitz/Retna Lopez landed the title role in Selena. "Our styles are very different," she said of playing the singer. "I'm into a more minimalist look. But part of getting into character for me was to look in the mirror and see her face and not my own." 03 of 25 2000 Jeff Vespa/WireImage She stole the show at the Grammys in a down-to-there Versace dress. "Sometimes I like to be glamorous and sexy in a Marilyn Monroe type of way," Lopez has said. Jennifer Lopez Just Wore Her Iconic Green Grammys Dress 19 Years Later 04 of 25 2006 Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Mrs. Marc Anthony settled into married life and began "making her appearance a little more natural," makeup artist Scott Barnes has said. Big caramel curls balanced out her understated look. 05 of 25 2007 Evan Agostini/Getty Lopez attended the El Cantante premiere wearing '60s-inspired pale shadow, major lashes, and soft ringlets. The Biggest Makeup Trends For 2022 Will Be From the Sixties 06 of 25 2008 Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images On February 22, the superstar gave birth to twins, Max and Emme. But with fiery red lips, fully-rimmed eyes, and sleek retro curls, her vibe is more Jessica Rabbit than new mom. 07 of 25 2009 Jason Kempin/Getty Images The busy mother of twins went all out for an Inauguration gala with a high-glamour updo, peach gloss, and dramatic blue eye makeup. In Case You Haven't Heard, Baby Blue Eyeshadow Is Back! 08 of 25 2009 Jun Sato/ WireImage J.Lo freshened up her look with a shag haircut and blunt fringe. Their length and texture work to complement her diamond face shape by creating softness. 09 of 25 2010 Gustavo Caballero/WireImage Back in full force, Lopez released her seventh album, Love?, and starred in The Back-Up Plan. With a grueling work schedule, she opted for a more low-maintenance beauty look, albeit one that still slays. Her slicked-back bun and nude lips allow the focus to fall on her dramatic lashes. 10 of 25 2010 Christopher Polk/Getty The singer experimented with voluminous curls at the Grammy Awards. A bold smoky eye and glossy lips took her to diva-level new heights. 11 of 25 2010 Lopez exuded romance as she attended the Academy Awards sporting a messy updo and soft lavender shadow. 6 Updos That Are Actually Easy to Do 12 of 25 2011 Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Gillette Venus The American Idol judge let her locks flow, telling us: "I'm a Leo, so I need my mane." To get her hair's volume and body, opt for long layers. 13 of 25 2011 Rex For a BAFTA event, Lopez sported a warm, radiant complexion that she complemented with earth-toned makeup. Call it her J.Lo glow. 14 of 25 2012 AKM-GSI Lopez worked spiral curls while on tour in support of her latest album. Their color melt sombré effect is stylish sans effort. 15 of 25 2013 Jason Merritt/Getty Images According to hairstylist Lorenzo Martin, the actress's deep side part modernized her old Hollywood waves for the Golden Globes. After curling small sections with a one-inch iron, Martin pinned and set each section, waiting 15 minutes before brushing through the curls, parting the hair, and finishing with styling spray. 16 of 25 2013 Steve Granitz/WireImage Lopez heated up the red carpet at the Grammys with a sleek top knot and graphic eyeliner. The Best Drugstore Eyeliner for Every Makeup Look 17 of 25 2014 Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic The American Idol judge sported her signature voluminous mane with feathered layers. Her voluminous lashes and bright red pout are what make this look next-level. 18 of 25 2015 Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images The singer opted for a messy high ponytail, aubergine smoky eye, and nude lip that we're still dreaming out. If you have brown eyes, a purple shadow can really help to make their color pop. 19 of 25 2016 Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Lopez went for a sleek, straight look at a screening of Ice Age: Collision Course, keeping her eyeshadow and lip color neutral, albeit with shimmer and shine. 20 of 25 2017 Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic Jenny from the Block gets a dose of glam with a standout smoky eye. Meanwhile, her curtain bangs give her simple ponytail a little something extra and frame her face beautifully. 10 Ways to Style Curtain Bangs, According to Celebrities 21 of 25 2018 Steve Granitz / WireImage At the American Music Awards, J.Lo seduced us with her sultry stare and glossy nude pout. Her loose, face-framing updo is effortless and adds to her allure. 22 of 25 2019 Jon Kopaloff / WireImage Lopez pulled out all the stops at the Oscars. From voluminous curls to her tantalizing smoky eye to her lip-gloss-and-liner combo, she oozed Hollywood glamour, but with a modern twist. 23 of 25 2020 Emma McIntyre / AMA2020 / Getty Images for dcp In 2020 — and beyond — everyone was doing wet-look hair, J.Lo included. Hers has got honey-blonde color, undulating texture, and a collarbone-grazing length that hits just right. Spring's Most Popular Hair Trend Is Looking Like You Just Got Out of the Shower 24 of 25 2021 Steve Granitz / FilmMagic Half-up, half-down hairstyles are the best of both worlds. Curl ends outward a bit to add some flirty flair. 25 of 25 2022 Theo Wargo / WireImage J.Lo's long slicked-back 'do and on-point eye makeup are drop-dead gorgeous. Also noteworthy is her baby hair detail which is styled to perfection.