Michelle Yeoh’s Loyalty To Side Part Hairstyles Spans Decades

Consistency is key for the actor’s beauty looks.

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Michelle Yeoh's approach to red carpet beauty is rooted in consistency. Throughout her decades-long career, the Malaysian actor has brought her signature subtle cat eye and deep side part to every blockbuster premiere. Take a look back at how Yeoh has reinvented her go-to look over the years.

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At the 1996 premiere of Supercop, Yeoh channeled the decade’s elegant ease with flipped side part, soft curls, and brick-red satin lipstick. Evan Agostini/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Every Hollywood actor goes through a bang phase, and Yeoh is no exception. In 2000, she entered the new millennium with trendy wispy fringe. Vince Bucci/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
In 2001, Yeoh was already experimenting with new side-part hairstyles. For the British Film Awards, she went with a timeless half-up half-down wavy look complete with a swoopy side bang. UK Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Yeoh brought the glamour to the 2006 Cannes Film Festival with her bombshell curls and soft smoky cat eye. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Demonstrating that the bob transcends decades, Yeoh faked the short length at the 2009 Broken Embraces premiere by pinning up her curls and leaving a few face-framing tendrils out. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
When Yeoh isn’t letting her waves flow free on the red carpet, she’s wearing an artful updo, like this loose chignon from The Lady 2011 TIFF premiere, which she accessorized with a pretty white flower. Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
A rare straight hair moment in 2018, Yeoh upped the red carpet beauty ante with a sultry side-parted sleek bun and bold smoky eye.MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
While Yeoh knows what hairstyles and makeup looks work for her, she isn’t afraid to have fun on the red carpet, which is exactly what she did with this pompadour ponytail in 2019. She grounded her new updo with her go-to cat eye. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Throughout the 2023 award season, Yeoh has remained a beauty heavy-hitter, topping every best looks list. Her bold cat flick liner, rosy lip, and soft, wavy, side-parted low ponytail are fresh twists on her tried-and-true favorites.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Fifteen years after she faked a bob, Yeoh is back at it again. This time, she left a front section of waves out of her side-parted bun, and complemented the romantic hairstyle with fresh skin and a neat cat eye. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images