Reese Witherspoon's Beauty Evolution: Her Best Looks

With season two of the hit HBO drama hitting TV screens today, we look back at the Big Little Lies co-producer and star’s best beauty moments


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1993

A fresh-faced Reese beamed at one of her first-ever red carpet appearances in 1993. The 17-year-old looked every bit the 1990s kid with her barely-there brows, crisp white blouse and Wayfarer-style sunglasses, but dressed things up a little with a lick of crimson lipstick.

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2010

Ah – here’s the Reese we know and love. Bottle blonde and showing off that Los Angeles tan, the Legally Blonde star sizzled at the Vera Wang x Vogue party. Shimmering bronze eyeshadow and a glossy taupe lip solidified her California-cool look.

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2011

Reese looked like every bit the Hollywood icon at the 83rd annual Academy Awards in 2011, courtesy of a coiffed updo and sophisticated smoky eye. The faux pony was achieved by using a separate hair piece to create the illusion of luscious, flowing locks.

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2012

Another day, another high kilowatt smile. Reese debuted her finger fringe and choppy bangs at the premiere of This Means War in London in 2012, flanked by co-stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.

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2013

The lady sure does love a glamour wave. Her creamy blonde tresses were separated into a deep side parting, with undulating curls spilling over her right shoulder at the 85th annual Academy Awards. A wash of powder blue eyeshadow and winged liner defined her eyes, while her defined cheekbones popped under a swirl of pink blush.

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2014

The bangs were back in 2014, when Reese stepped out sporting a much shorter ‘do at the Great American Songbook event. Her tousled locks sat just above her shoulders, in a fresh and fun cut we hadn’t seen the actress, producer and businesswoman wear before.

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2015

Not usually one to dabble in an all-out smoky eye, we were surprised to spy Reese in this black and silver eye look at the 26th annual Producers Guild of America Awards in 2015. She kept the rest of her beauty look relatively pared back, with a low slung ponytail and a swipe of pink lip gloss.

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2016

Let’s all take a minute to appreciate that contour. Her already striking jawline appeared even more so when sculpted below her cheekbones and under her chin at the 88th annual Academy Awards. Gilt and cream eyeshadow didn’t detract from her perfected, glowing skin, nor did the red satin-finish lipstick.

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2017

Glowing, healthy skin was the hero of this beauty look. Reese was radiant at the premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies in 2017. Her softly bronzed visage and sunset-inspired eye look have us yearning for some summer sun.

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2018

Harking back to her Legally Blonde days, bombshell waves and hot pink lips were Reese’s look du jour at the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards in 2018. Her signature cheesy smile completed the look.

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2019

This picture accurately represents our faces when we thought Reese had traded in her honey looks for shoulder-length, chestnut brown hair last month. Fear not, the actress was simply sporting a brunette wig on set while filming her upcoming Apple TV+ series, The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston.

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She's spent more than 25 years in the spotlight, and her star only continues to rise.

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