Jennifer Lopez's Beauty Evolution, From the '90s to Today

From the Bronx to the red carpet, see J.Lo's most memorable looks.

Jennifer Lopez with long, straight blonde highlights, nude lipstick, and shimmery brown shadow in 2016
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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.

Keep scrolling for Jennifer Lopez's beauty evolution from the '80s to today.

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Jennifer Lopez pixie cut and eyeliner in her high school yearbook
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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


Jennifer Lopez with voluminous curls and dark red lipstick
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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


Jennifer Lopez in her famous Versace gown, blue eyeshadow, and long brown hair worn half up
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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.

04 of 25


Jennifer Lopez with long, curly brown hair with caramel highlights
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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


Jennifer Lopez with face-framing curls and '60s-inspired makeup
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Lopez attended the El Cantante premiere wearing '60s-inspired pale shadow, major lashes, and soft ringlets.

06 of 25


Jennifer Lopez with red lipstick, fully-rimmed eyes, long lashes, and sleek curls
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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


Jennifer Lopez with a sleek updo, peach gloss, and blue eye makeup
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The busy mother of twins went all out for an Inauguration gala with a high-glamour updo, peach gloss, and dramatic blue eye makeup.

08 of 25


Jennifer Lopez long shag haircut with bangs
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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


Jennifer Lopez with a slicked-back bun, nude lipstick, and voluminous lashes
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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


Jennifer Lopez long, voluminous waves, smoky eye, and glossy lips
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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


Jennifer Lopez messy updo and lavender eyeshadow

Lopez exuded romance as she attended the Academy Awards sporting a messy updo and soft lavender shadow.

12 of 25


Jennifer Lopez long, layered, caramel-colored hair
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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


Jennifer Lopez long, loose waves and earth-toned makeup

For a BAFTA event, Lopez sported a warm, radiant complexion that she complemented with earth-toned makeup. Call it her J.Lo glow.

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Jennifer Lopez long curly sombre hair with glitter eye makeup

Lopez worked spiral curls while on tour in support of her latest album. Their color melt sombré effect is stylish sans effort.

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Jennifer Lopez side-parted long retro curls, smoky eye makeup, and nude lip
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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


Jennifer Lopez sleek topknot, shimmer eyeshadow, and graphic liner
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Lopez heated up the red carpet at the Grammys with a sleek top knot and graphic eyeliner.

17 of 25


Jennifer Lopez caramel-colored feathered layers with voluminous lashes and bright red lipstick
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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


Jlo purple smoky eye and high ponytail
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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


Jennifer Lopez long straight hair with nude lip and shimmery brown eye makeup
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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


Jennifer Lopez updo with curtain bangs, smoky eye, nude lip, and giant hoop earrings

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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.

21 of 25


Jennifer Lopez face-framing updo with smoky eye and nude lip

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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


Jennifer Lopez voluminous honey-blonde curls, smoky eye, and nude lipstick

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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.

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Jennifer Lopez wavy wet-look bob with glossy nude lips and smoky eye

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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.

24 of 25


Jennifer Lopez half-up, half-down long sandy brown hair with lip gloss and smoky eye

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Half-up, half-down hairstyles are the best of both worlds. Curl ends outward a bit to add some flirty flair.

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Jennifer Lopez slicked-back updo with baby hair detail, shimmery eye makeup, and pink lip gloss

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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.

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