Angelina Jolie’s Distinct Brand Of Sultry, Bombshell Beauty Is Still Unparalleled

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From even her earliest on-screen appearances, it was clear that Angelina Jolie’s easy charisma and distinct, sultry look would soon catapult her to the A-list. Here, take a look back at Angelina Jolie’s beauty evolution, from supporting player to full-fledged star.

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Jolie’s first role put her alongside her then-estranged father, acclaimed actor Jon Voight. Fresh-faced here at age 16, her lash-defining liner and chic, boxy suit hint at the elegant aesthetic she’d soon start cultivating.Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Jolie’s breakout part came just four years later, a leading role in 1995’s “Hackers.” To play a high-tech computer wiz, Jolie chopped her warm auburn hair into an edgy pixie cut, complete with piece-y bangs.Frank Trapper/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
By 1999, Jolie was not only the face of celebrated films like Girl, Interrupted and Gia, but also started exploring more extreme, of-the-moment beauty trends. At the Golden Globes, she brushed her still-short brunette hair back to let her bold blue eyeshadow stand out.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
When Jolie returned to the Golden Globes two years later, she did so with both an Oscar under her belt and an edgier look to boot. In tribute to then-husband Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie had his name and a large dragon tattooed on her bicep. It would eventually be laser-removed and replaced.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Thanks to her maternal lineage, many remark that Jolie is one of the most French-seeming American women of all time. It was never more apparent than at a 2003 premiere, which saw Jolie with fluffy side bangs, elegantly arched skinny brows, and a prim black turtleneck.Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images
So standout was Jolie’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith premiere look — and the rumors that swirled in the movie’s wake — that it would become a legitimately defining image of the mid-aughts. With her “expensive brunette” hair brushed back and fluffed up, it looks all the more voluminous.L. Cohen/WireImage/Getty Images
And just like that: Brangelina. Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt enjoyed countless it-couple photo ops over the years, but her gauzy pink gown and bright red lipstick at 2009’s Cannes Film Festival is absolutely singular.Jean Baptiste Lacroix/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Typically, Jolie eschews intense eye makeup in favor of fluffy lashes and retro cat-eye liner. But when she does go for a smoky eye, like this 2011 version incorporating different shades of brown that emphasize her lighter hair color, it’s always a standout look.Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
As of 2014’s Maleficent premiere, Jolie had around 17 tattoos, including the large wall of Sanskrit text featured on her left shoulder blade. A key part of her signature beauty look, Jolie’s loose, intricate bun and low-backed dress help show her ink off. She’d add three more to the roster in 2017.Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
So much of Jolie’s beauty evolution hinges on her hair color. Even slight adjustments to the shade and tone can make a major difference on her overall look. Just compare her lighter brunette in the previous slide to this moody mahogany hair color from 2018. Future Publishing/Future Publishing/Getty Images
Though she’s largely taken a step back in the 2020s to spend time with her children, Jolie still makes time to star in some of the decade’s biggest franchises. At a 2021 Marvel premiere with her three daughters — Shiloh, Zahara, and Vivienne — she went for casual waves and petal-pink lipstick.Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Jolie’s as known for her humanitarian work as she is her filmography, a mission she continued at a White House meeting in 2022. Though looking serious and sophisticated, her shiny dark brown hair and glossy lips still radiated pure movie star energy.Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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