Halle Berry Is A Timeless Icon & Her Beauty Evolution Proves It

Take a look back at the beginning.

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Halle Berry is the most influential sort of beauty icon. Not only would her timeless appeal and classic charm make her an star in any era, but she simultaneously managed to forge her own instantly-recognizable aesthetic and leave her personal style’s mark on Hollywood — and that goes beyond just the legendary look she wore for her big Oscar win in ‘02. Through the three full decades since she stepped into the spotlight, Berry’s beauty evolution charts not only her ascent to the A-list, but chronicles some of the most memorable moments in general movie star history. Somehow, no matter how many trending hairstyles or makeup finishes she indulges in, she always manages to put her distinct stamp on them all.

There so many red carpet looks practically synonymous with Berry’s top-billed name — her massively influential pixie cut and long, sultry bangs to name just two — but the actor is so naturally glamorous that even her most low-key moments are enough to spark inspiration for a fresh, bold haircut choice or new lipstick color.

Just ahead, take a look back at some of Berry’s best-ever beauty looks over the years, starting with her earliest days on the Hollywood scene.

Quintessential ‘90s Glam, 1992

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Like a time capsule for all of the decade’s best beauty crazes, one of Berry’s earliest red carpet moments is one of her coolest. The piece-y, Toni Braxton-style bowl cut is unforgettable on its own, but paired with her glossy brick-red lipstick? Perfection.

Peach Lips & Glossy Curls, 1995

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Playing around with a more demure but equally impactful hair-makeup combination, Berry’s short, tousled waves are an early precursor to the “wet look” style that has such a grip on modern Hollywood. Her peach lipstick adds a delicate, summery feel.

Baby Bantu Knots, 1998

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In itty-bitty Bantu knots, Berry makes a huge statement. The miniature wrapped buns circle the back of her head, led up to by a series of glossy, twisted cornrows. To add a decade-ideal finishing touch, the star complemented the style with a frosty gloss and soft brown lip liner.

The Iconic Pixie, 2002

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Berry’s history Best Actress win for Monster’s Ball brought her a tidal wave of attention — so did her Oscar night look. To suit the themes of her sultry-sweet sheer floral gown, Berry opted for a petal-pink nail polish, matching metallic eyeshadow, and one instantly-legendary pixie cut.

Long, Lush Curls, 2006

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There’s so much to love about Berry’s veritable waterfall of perfectly-shaped curls. There’s the cascading factor, of course, and her hair’s well-defined spirals, but there’s also the color to consider. The reddish tone is stunning, and still a sought-after shade today.

Texture & Tone, 2009

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Berry never misses with a short haircut, and this voluminous chop is proof. The staggered bob adds tons of texture and volume toward the crown of her head, like a 2000s-modern beehive. Meanwhile, the brilliant blend of golden highlights are like a spotlight for her rosy blush.

Bouncy Bangs, 2012

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Fans were in for a treat when Berry arrived at a Revlon event with full, glossy curls and a eye-obscuring set of bangs. Not only does her natural spiral pattern look to be at peak health, but the curly bangs are the sweetest, most effortlessly elegant touch.

Bronze All Over, 2015

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Berry’s really had a thing for bangs since the 2010s, and every style she tries is equally excellent. Just a few years after her curly bang debut, she tried a straightened version of the look, paired with a full, voluminous topknot.

Long & Sleek Side-Part, 2018

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Going the simple yet sophisticated route for the 2018 Oscars, Berry showed off the stunning color dimension in her long, elbow-length hair by going for a sleek, straight blowout. The side-bangs, carefully tucked behind one ear, add a bit of shape.

Artful Asymmetry, 2021

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Perhaps her most daring, exciting cut yet, Berry’s asymmetric nano-bob instantly stole the show when she unveiled it on the red carpet. The fun shape and angle is cool already, but the razor-cut baby bangs just take it all to the next level.

Carmel-Colored Highlights, 2024

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These days, Berry seems to be keeping things rather simple. For several events, she’s opted for a simple medium-length cut, softly brushed-out curls, and a beautiful blend of caramel-colored highlights — pure excellence.