Nobody Can Do A Sultry Hair-Makeup Combination Like Jennifer Lopez

A legend from day one.

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What was Hollywood even like before Jennifer Lopez? From the earliest days of her career, the multitalented star has blessed red carpets with her poise and penchant for sultry hairstyles and all-over body shimmer. Ahead, Jennifer Lopez’s beauty evolution, rife with inspiration.

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Though she’d been a working musician and dancer since 1989, Jennifer Lopez’s career started to truly ramp up when she made the transition to full-time actress. In a 1993 publicity photo for CBS, Lopez’s voluminous, natural curls and arched brows are so distinct.CBS Photo Archive/CBS/Getty Images
Jennifer Lopez’s big-screen portrayal of Tejano legend Selena Quintanilla would act as her major breakthrough to the A-list in 1997. At the Selena premiere, Lopez went for a pretty, polished look that included a swept-back bun and a quintessentially ‘90s frosted lipstick. Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
By 1999, Jennifer Lopez was one of the industry’s brightest stars. A year before her infamous Versace Grammys dress, she opted for a similarly plunging look at the Vh1 Fashion Awards, complete with powder-blue eyeshadow and tons of body shimmer.Kevin.Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
Is there anything more deliciously ‘00s than Jennifer Lopez at the Gigli premiere in a curled, prom-style updo and totally nude lipstick? While every piece of Lopez’s premiere look is unmistakably of the times, it’s all buoyed by her signature poise.Frank Trapper/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
Just a few years later in 2005, Jennifer Lopez set her sights on a more demure look, coinciding with her new marriage to Marc Anthony. At the Monster-In-Law premiere, Lopez stuck to her usual sultry, smoky eye makeup, but opted for straightened, honey-colored highlights and side-bangs. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
The 2010s were an exciting decade for Jennifer Lopez, who continued to thrive on-screen and on-stage. Aesthetically, she left no beauty crazes unexplored — this teased, wrapped bun took the topknot trend to literal new heights. Meanwhile, her steely blue makeup offered a coordinating pop of color.Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images
Jennifer Lopez’s go-to makeup combination of dark, smoky eyes and a lighter, glossy lip gained a rival around 2014. The star began putting the emphasis on her lips, selecting bright, confident colors, like this classic siren-red. To keep things balanced, though, she never neglected strong eyelashes.Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
Jennifer Lopez has always loved matching her makeup to her outfit’s color palette. She’d color-coordinate many times over the years, but her purple-on-purple moment at the 2017 Grammys is one of the best. It’s made all the better by her sleek hair, straightened to flatter her collar’s ruffled tulle.Lester Cohen/WireImage/Getty Images
Landing the Super Bowl Halftime show is a serious accomplishment, so Jennifer Lopez naturally brought her A-game to the event press conference. Her side-parted, honey blonde highlights and gently curled ends were pure sophistication, paired with dewy bronze makeup.Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images
These days, Jennifer Lopez still largely sticks to her favorite beauty looks, which usually includes long, flowing waves and sultry eye makeup. Though she’s unafraid to experiment, it’s nice to see the signature J.Lo look still going strong nearly 30 years into her career.Toni Anne Barson/WireImage/Getty Images

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