The best celebrity throwback beauty looks from their teenage years
We’re throwing it *way* back
Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / September 27 2019
Do you ever flick through old photos of yourself and think “wow – I’m like a different person now”? Us too! Yep, there’s nothing quite like the nostalgia of thumbing through photo albums and reminiscing on all of your different beauty looks over the years.
And if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably also get a kick out of looking over old snaps of your favourite celebs and seeing their impressive beauty transformations from teens to now.
Some went through the classic awkward teenage stage of dabbling in pencil-thin eyebrows and ill-advised hair experiments. Meanwhile, others escaped their younger years totally unscathed by beauty blunders. But regardless of whether their beauty transformation has come a little (or a long!) way, we think you’ll agree, these celebrity teen throwback photos are rather fascinating.
Let’s compare, then and now.
This child star won our hearts in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial before going on to have one incredibly successful acting career (that’s still going!). We’re obsessing over her gorgeous golden curls and just check out that brownish red matte lipstick shade she’s got going on. Clearly Drew has always been a bit of a beauty icon so it totally makes sense that she now has her own beauty brand – Flower Beauty.
Could baby-faced Selena be any cuter?! It looks like the former Disney star’s love for black eyeliner started young. Now that she’s all grown-up, she still has a dark smoky eye in heavy rotation and considering how well it suits her, we understand why. And the straightened hair with heavy side fringe combo? Classic 2000s!
Kim Kardashian West
Kim is now one of the most widely recognised faces in the world so we were very interested to see how her beauty evolution began. From the long tendrils framing either side of her face to the over-manicured brows and moody wine lip, this look is so ‘90s it HURTS. And is that a glimpse of a scrunchie we can see holding her hair back in a half-up, half-down do? Iconic.
Any child of the late ‘90s/early noughties will remember teenaged Mandy Moore and her wholesome, all-American beauty vibe. Look at that sweet little dewy face and beachy blonde locks! These days the Candy singer chocolate brown hair hue and her eyebrows have made a full recovery from their previously over-plucked state.
Emma basically grew up in front of our eyes while playing Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and we’re so used to seeing her with Hermione’s characteristic wild curls that we had to do a double take when we saw this photo. Look at that smooth, straight hair and cutesy fringe! And we’re all about this shimmery silver eyeshadow situation she had going on.
Shimmery pink lip gloss? Check! Tadpole eyebrows? Check! Squiggly curls? Check! This look is the epitome of the 2000s and we’re absolutely here for teenage Leighton. This was snapped at the beginning of her on-screen career before she shot to stardom in the role we’ll forever remember her in – Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl.
It’s no secret that this former Friends star’s appearance has changed rather substantially over the years. She’s spoken openly about her previous use of anti-wrinkle injections and fillers – and revealed that she’s now had them dissolved. All that aside, we’ve just uncovered this treat of a photo of a 19-year-old Courteney back in 1983 and her voluminous ‘80s hair is bringing us SO much joy!
Kate Bosworth shared this stunning throwback headshot on her Instagram and we are fawning over the American actress’s angelic face. With her piecey fringe, flawless skin and unusual eyes, she looks like a teenage dream. These days, Kate is still rocking her natural blonde hair and looking just as amazing. In fact, her skin looks like it hasn’t aged at all!
It might be hard to believe that the brunette, cherub-faced child in the left-hand pic is none other than Miley Cyrus... BUT, who are we kidding, we’d recognise that cheeky grin anywhere! The former Hannah Montana star has been through one seriously wild beauty transformation over the years with multiple transitions between blonde and brunette while experimenting with basically every haircut there is. In fact, Miley’s beauty transformation is so fascinating that we’ve documented the whole shebang here.
In case there was any doubt, these photos of a teenaged Reese Witherspoon confirm that the actress has always been insanely gorgeous. Seriously, how did she escape the awkward adolescent years that the rest of us had to endure? Not fair. Rocking the trademark honey blonde looks Reese remains true to today, and those baby blue eyes, Reese looks even more adorable than we could have imagined.
With beachy blonde tresses and a sun-kissed face, Gwyneth looks every bit the California girl she is. And, comparing the two pics, it seems that not a whole lot has changed! These days, Gwyneth is still rocking long golden tresses and remains partial to a fresh-faced look.
If you love checking out celebrity beauty evolutions, you might also like to check out our story on the best celeb hair transformations of this year.
Which celebrity’s teenage beauty look is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.
Image credits: Getty
Isobel is a Digital Content Editor at BEAUTYcrew, marie claire and InStyle. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously BEAUTYcrew's Junior Beauty Writer.