Nicole Kidman’s beauty evolution over the years
She’s changed a lot since her curly-haired BMX Bandits days
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / November 05 2019
Nicole Kidman. She’s one of Hollywood’s top Australian imports and at the age of 52, she rarely looks anything but radiant. However, her smooth and ever-youthful complexion has been at the centre of cosmetic surgery talks for years. There’s no denying that her appearance has changed over time, but as far as we know, the star is surgery-free and has only ever admitted to briefly trying injectables.
So, are the plastic surgery rumours true? To give you a glimpse into her transformation, we’re going back to where it all started. Here’s a look at some of Nicole Kidman’s best beauty looks.
The release of BMX Bandit
BMX Bandits, assemble! Before de-frizzing products and flat irons were a thing, Nicole embraced her naturally curly hair – which, by the way, is absolute hair goals. Some people can only dream of volume like that! At 16, the star looks fresh-faced and youthful.
A portrait session in New York City
With her striking blue eyes, Nicole stood out as she become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. She entered the ‘90s with those glorious curls on full display, looking every bit a natural beauty, with gorgeous freckles smattered across her nose and cheeks.
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards
Now married to fellow actor Tom Cruise (they were co-stars on the set of Days of Thunder), Nicole stepped away from her trademark fluffy curls. She showed off a more polished and structured style, pulling her hair back to highlight her killer jawline.
At the premiere of A Few Good Men
Nicole’s signature ruby red lips juxtapose perfectly with her gorgeous complexion, making her a bona fide beauty. Can we please take a moment to appreciate how clear and luminous her skin looks? Because it’s seriously next-level! You’ll also notice how she’s ditched her usual ringlets for smooth, voluminous waves.
The 66th Academy Awards
And the curls are back! At the 1994 Oscars, Nicole embraced her natural texture. She also looks beautifully natural, showing off her glowing skin and high cheekbones.
At the Sydney premiere of To Die For
The premiere of Eyes Wide Shut
Looking as stunning as ever, Nicole shows off her goal-worthy features (we can’t ever get over those cheekbones!), her glossy lips and straight hair. She’s showing off some smile lines around her eyes, but has an otherwise smooth complexion.
At the Hollywood premiere of Mission Impossible 2
At 33-years-old, Nicole took on the noughties with her iconic porcelain complexion, a metallic lipstick (everyone owned one of these bad boys back in the day), and her strawberry-blonde hair worn in a high ponytail. At this point everything still looks pretty au naturel, however her face is noticeably slimmer.
At the Moulin Rouge premiere in Cannes
Celebrating the premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, Nicole swept her hair back into a high ponytail and opted for a pared-back makeup look with a pink lip. We love how her frown lines make her look natural and fresh.
The 60th Golden Globe Awards
Taking to the Golden Globes red carpet with light blonde hair, the 36-year-old star appears to be completely wrinkle-free, minus a few creases on her nose (also known as 'bunny lines').
The Happy Feet premiere
Sometime around 2006 (after marrying country singer Keith Urban) Nicole’s face started looking a little fuller than usual. When the star walked the red carpet for Happy Feet, she not only showed off a new fringe and lighter hair, her lips, cheeks and chin appeared plumper than years prior.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards
Nicole shut down plastic surgery rumours in 2007, telling marie claire her appearance was “completely natural”. The Oscar-winner attributed her youthful looks to following a healthy diet, holistic beauty routine and wearing sunscreen every day. "I have nothing in my face or anything. I wear sunscreen, and I don't smoke. I take care of myself. And I'm very proud to say that."
At the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Installation Luncheon
With an almost line-free complexion, plump cheeks and incredibly smooth skin, Nicole looked like an absolute bombshell at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Installation Luncheon (around the same time Rabbit Hole hit the box office). Saying goodbye to her blonde shade, her flaming red hair contrasts perfectly against her smooth porcelain skin.
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
At the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the 46-year-old looked as amazing as ever with her angular features and perfect skin. Interestingly, it was at this time she again addressed the plastic surgery rumours, telling the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that she tried cosmetic injectables, but regretted doing so. She called the decision to get injections an “unfortunate move,” and added, “I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again.”
The 22nd Annual Choice Awards
Nicole is 49-years-old here and still looks utterly stunning and youthful, so it’s no wonder the plastic surgery rumours persisted. On the 22nd Annual Choice Awards red carpet, her facial features look a little different, with her eyebrows appearing lifted and her eyes looking a little smaller.
23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards
The star recently attended the premiere of her new movie Destroyer, and fans couldn’t help but notice that the 52-year-old has a bizarrely youthful appearance. Her face appears tight and smooth with frown lines.
Looking for more celebrity beauty transformations? Check out Courteney Cox before and after cosmetic intervention, and the insane beauty evolution of Miley Cyrus.
What do you think about Nicole Kidman’s facial transformation? Which of these looks are your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.