Actress & Activist Emma Watson's Beauty Evolution: Her Best Red Carpet Looks

Ahead of her 29th birthday later this month, we reveal Emma’s most bewitching beauty looks


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Hermoine takes Hollywood — Emma Watson has grown up in the spotlight.

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2000

A 10-year-old Emma was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at her first ever photo call to present the new cast of the Harry Potter film franchise. Flanked by her equally-adorable cast mates Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, the trio were only at the beginning of their spellbinding journey into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

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2010

How’s this for a dramatic hair transformation?! The formerly blonde actress dyed her tresses a shade of auburn and chopped off the lot. Emma debuted her razor-sharp pixie cut and vampish makeup at a Warner Brothers event held at Claridges Hotel in London.

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2009

In the interest of saving time, I’m going to skip forward 10 years. Sadly you’ll miss out on witnessing Emma wearing braces and making some questionable early Noughties fashion choices (celebrities — they’re just like us!) but we don’t have all day. Meet us in 2009, at a photo call for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Emma kept things youthful by opting for a relaxed half-up, half-down hairstyle and minimal makeup.

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2011

Judging from the amount of gel used to create this sleek hairstyle, we’re guessing Emma was tiring of her cropped locks. Her hair was separated into a deep side parting, and slicked behind both ears with what we can only imagine was a generous dollop of gel and/or multiple spritzes of hairspray. Couple this with kohl-rimmed eyes and fluffy brows, and Emma sizzled when she arrived at the Ed Sullivan theatre in New York.

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2012

You’d be forgiven for doing a double take — we did too. Victoria Beckham’s doppelganger wore a sophisticated beehive and a subtle bronze smoky eye to Elle’s 19th annual Women in Hollywood celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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2013

All the benefits of cheekbone-skimming hair minus the scissors? We’re sold. Emma’s faux bob at the This Is The End premiere inspired us to invest in a few more bobby pins. Dewy, perfected skin and rose-hued lipstick had her looking refined while walking the red carpet.

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2014

This spellbinding look stood out from the typically polished appearances adopted by the Hollywood set at the 2014 Academy Awards. For hair, Emma’s half-up hairstyle included bejewelled star hair slides to secure twisted strands of hair haphazardly around the nape of her neck. Blue-toned red lipstick and smudged kohl eyeliner completed the look.

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2015

While not dissimilar from the previous beauty look in the makeup department, it’s this hair-raising, coiffed ‘do that really piqued our attention. Emma attended the 2015 Time 100 Gala at the Frederick P. Rose Jazz Hall rocking some big hair and an even bigger attitude.

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2016

Cast your mind back to the Met Gala a couple of years ago, and beauty buffs will recall fawning over Emma’s 1920s-inspired hair and makeup ensemble. Finger waves created volume at the root of her hair, which were then brushed back towards her crown and smoothed down with gel. The ends were kept free and curled under to add bounce to her blonde bob. Delicate rose hues adorned lips, eyes and cheeks.

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2017

We’re starting to think the Beauty and the Beast actress has a thing for accessories. Emma looked nothing like her angelic character Belle at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s most tortured love story — opting for a messy up-do with gold serpentine accessories snaking their way from ear to ear.

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2018

Baby bangs were back last year in a major way — seen everywhere from the runway to the red carpet. Even Emma wasn’t immune to the trend; and sported a ‘bronde’ micro fringe at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party. Double points for keeping it choppy and extra short.

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2019

Emma’s flown under the radar for much of 2019 so far, save for an appearance at the G7 Advisory committee for women’s equality. She’s clearly growing out her finger fringe, which was parted in the middle to form face-framing bangs. The remainder of her hair was swept back into a loose ‘n’ low ponytail. Understated chic.

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