|"With 12 albums, 5 Grammys and 175 million albums sold, no one would blame Mariah Carey if she chose to kick off her signature stilettos and just take it easy with her husband Nick Cannon. Not a chance! In the last year, the 40-year-old songbird released her 12th album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, debuted a new fragrance, M by Mariah Carey, and turned out a critically-acclaimed performance in Precious. In fact, the only nod Carey is making to her veteran status is the revival of the natural curls she wore on her very first album cover. Let's just hope that the break from blowouts will give the diva some well-earned time for bubble baths and beauty sleep." |
1987: The hairspray enthusiast and Harborfields High School senior graduated despite missing so many classes she earned the nickname "Mirage." (Photo: Yearbook Archives)
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|"Christina Aguilera refuses to be typecast. Just when the public had come to love her baby blond looks, the Irish-Ecuadorian singer stopped playing Barbie and defiantly embraced cornrows and a gaggle of hair colors--even granny gray with black lowlights. Hairstylist Peter Savic, who often transforms her with hairpieces, says, "She's not trying to please anyone." (Well, with her latest looks, maybe at least husband Jordan Bratman.) "Christina is in love, so she softened it up," Savic says of her current Old Hollywood platinum locks. And, although she loves to experiment, she's not above a signature product or two. As she says, "Whenever I'm in the studio, even if I'm wearing sweatpants, I have my red lipstick on." |
1985: "I've always been a girlie girl," Aguilera told InStyle of her youth. "I used to sit at my mom's vanity and play with her perfume and lipstick. I've had a love affair with makeup since Day 1." (Photo: Getty)
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|"Beyonce's mirror apparently has two faces: Beyonce Knowles and Sasha Fierce. "I love that there are two sides to her," says makeup artist Mally Roncal. "One is the natural side, which is about her being real and not wearing much makeup. Then there's her adventurous side, where I can put strong green shadows on her eyes and fuchsia or orange on her lips. Beyonce's got such incredible skin tone; she looks great in every color of the rainbow." And when it comes to her full mane, the singer loves to let loose. "She likes the feeling of it being big, long and free-flowing," says hairstylist Kimberly Kimble." |
1998: The Destiny's Child lead took beauty cues from her mother: "She made sure we had our lip gloss or blush in our purses. She made us pay attention to the details." (Photo: Michael Schreiber/Retna)
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|With little besides a blond wig separating her from alter ego Hannah Montana, it's a good thing 17-year-old Miley Cyrus has a strong sense of self. "I like being myself, doing my thing," she has said. Like any teenage girl, the multi-talented star loves to play around with her looks, trying out everything from bright highlights to pitch-black locks. "I've had my awkward stage," she has said, "but luckily everyone sees me with my makeup on." |
1994: The 2-year-old cutie was already a fan of Elvis--and of dad Billy Ray Cyrus. (Photo: Yearbook Archives)
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|A little bit hip-hop, a little bit Hollywood, Fergie has gone from being an angelic blond Kids Incorporated actress to tomboy Black Eyed Peas frontwoman to ultra-G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S. solo star. "Fergie has always been a chameleon when it comes to her fashion and beauty style," says her makeup artist, AJ Crimson. "She has never been afraid to take her own risks." Indeed the inventive singer has colored her long hair every hue from baby blond to gothic brunette and sported both elaborate braided hairdos and soft waves. "Fergie is very involved in creating her looks," says makeup artist Torsten Witte, who also works with the star. However, when off-duty, the Nine beauty favors a look that's both hip-hop and Hollywood: "Sunglasses--that's my day makeup. A good pair and you're set." |
1992: Fergie was a cheerleader at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, California. (Photo: Yearbook Archives)
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|"Pretty can turn into pretty awful if you act that way," Whitney Houston once said. "I was taught that by my mom. She saw what happened to women who took their looks as everything." Following gospel diva Cissy Houston's advice, she turned from teen modeling to a singing career than would garner nine albums, six Grammys and over 140 million records sold. Houston died tragically on February 11, 2012, by accidental drowning in a bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. |
1985: The fresh-faced former teen model released her first album, Whitney Houston. (Photo: Rex Features)
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|""I've always been a weirdo," Lady Gaga once said. Born Stefani Germanotta in New York City, the singer attended Catholic school before her musical gifts led to work as a songwriter for stars like Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block. Hand in hand with the hooks that fill her two albums, The Fame and Fame Monster, is a look so outrageous it amounts to performance art. "I spend all my money on wardrobe and props," she has said. The star works with a collective of stylists and artists called Haus of Gaga and, when all else fails, "I design, I hand-make, I borrow--whatever it takes." But just don't accuse her of being a part-time diva. "I'm not a character," she told People. "I really am all the things that you see." |
2005: The fresh-faced student at Convent of the Sacred Heart wrote that her dream was "headlining at Madison Square Garden." (Photo: SplashNewsOnline.com)
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|Jennifer Lopez may be the hyphenate to end all hyphenates. Let’s see: singer-actor-dancer-perfumer-producer--is there anything she can’t do? It’s no surprise, then, that her beauty secret is self-assurance. "Jennifer's look is a reflection of her deep inner confidence--it's almost otherworldly," her longtime hairstylist Oribe has said. She shows flawless taste as she moves between short hair and long, bronzed skin and pale, dark locks and light. "She doesn't mind taking a risk, as long as she looks beautiful," hair colorist Rita Hazan has said. And, needless to say, she's never looked better than in her latest role as the (add another hyphen!) mother of twins, Emme and Max. |
1987: Lopez graduated from Preston High School in the Bronx with big dreams. "I remember watching Rita Moreno in West Side Story and going, ‘That's what I want to do. I want to sing and I want to dance and I want to act,’” she has said. (Photo: Yearbook Archives)
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|If "celebrity transformation" were a dictionary term, the entry would read "Madonna." In the past decade alone, the pop star and actress became a mother, a yogini, a Kabbalah enthusiast and a children's book author. "She embraces huge changes completely," says hairstylist Luigi Murenu. Most recently, the 55-year-old star's transformed into a disco queen for her latest album, Hard Candy. Says Murenu, "She's way ahead of us all. By the time the rest of the world is raving about the 'new' Madonna, she's bored and ready to move on." |
1983: She released her self-titled debut album and brought downtown N.Y.C. club style to the masses. (Photo: Michael Putland/Retna)
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|Queen Latifah's transition from rap royalty to beloved movie star has been as smooth as her voice. Despite a few misguided bouffants, her looks have evolved just as naturally. "She hates extensions," says Julie Baker, her longtime stylist. "She could wear a ponytail for the rest of her life and be happy." Roxanna Floyd, Latifah's regular makeup artist, says the star's skin "has undertones that adapt to light or super-deep colors. She likes subtle makeup, effortless glam." The Valentine's Day star is also a sweetheart. "When we finish an event," says Floyd, "she showers until the hotel bathroom is steamy, rips off her false lashes, and draws a smiley face in the mirror with them. That's her way of saying goodbye." |
1992: The rapper turned actor with Juice and let her hair down in cornrows. (Photo: Lisa Rose/Globe)
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|Rihanna is no cookie-cutter diva. When she released her first album, Music of the Sun, her record label decked her out in long wavy extensions and frilly outfits. "At the time I was, like, 'OK, I'll do whatever you want me to do.' But I love doing edgier things," she told InStyle. "So I had to grow up and figure myself out." Four years later, the Barbadian songstress is a 21-year-old trendsetter with neon nails, ever-changing locks and a love of experimentation--up to a point. "I let hairstylists and makeup artists try anything, but I'll say 'I'm not too sure if I like this' if I need to," she has said. "Because at the end of the day, my face is what's out there, so I have to make sure it's right." No worries, RiRi--it's right! |
2005: "I'll never have my hair long and light brown again," the Music of the Sun chanteuse has said of this look. "It was too generic." (Photo: David Livingston/Zuma Press)
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|Whether wearing pigtails or glamorous long extensions, Britney Spears has been in the spotlight since her teenaged debut as the singer of "…Baby One More Time." Along with her ultra-catchy songs and tabloid-friendly personal life, her heart-shaped face and huge chocolate eyes have helped the mother of two to reach icon status. "Britney has beautiful eyes, so I focus on accentuating them," makeup artist Elan Bongiorno has said. In addition to false eyelashes, Spears uses highlighters to draw attention to her baby browns. This year, Britney is back with a world tour in support of her latest album, Circus. |
1998: The one-time brunette 16-year-old scored a major hit with "…Baby One More Time." (Photo: Ernie Paniccioli/Retna)
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|Gwen Stefani isn't ashamed to admit that she enjoys being a girl. "I know I'm vain," she has said. "I have so much makeup--I'm not kidding." Her bold '40s-style lipstick is so iconic that she goes without when she doesn't want to be recognized. But with a career that includes penning a pair of solo albums, designing L.A.M.B. (her flourishing clothing and accessories line) and --whew!--reuniting with her pop-ska band No Doubt, it's safe to say that the days of anonymity are far behind her. It's also safe to say that the platinum blond mother of two will never get tired of trying new things. "I've always loved beauty. I was the girl who was like, 'Ask your mom if we can play with clothes or makeup,'" she has told InStyle. "And you know what? I'm doing the same thing now that I was doing when I was 10." |
1996: "I'm the girl who would wear baggy jeans but didn't forget to put on tons of makeup," Stefani has said of her early days with No Doubt. (Photo: Eddie Malluk/Retna)
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|"One thing’s for sure: Now when I look at Funny Girl, I think I was gorgeous. I was too beautiful to play Fanny Brice." So said Barbra Streisand of her Oscar-winning 1968 movie debut, and she's got a point. Perhaps she's always been an unlikely star in the galaxy of Hollywood lookalikes, but her full lips, almond-shaped eyes and strong silhouette have cemented the legendary artist's status as a legendary beauty. "I like my profile, but people made fun of the way I looked," she told InStyle of her early career--and favorite camera angles. "[One] side's better. But hey, the other one isn't really bad." Nope, not bad at all. And with a career that has earned her nine Grammys, four Emmys, two Oscars and a Tony, it's clear that Ms. Streisand is more than just a funny girl. |
1959: Streisand started taking beauty risks in high school: "I put streaks in my hair with hydrogen peroxide, then put a rinse on to try and cover some of it. But the rinse was made of all different colors…]so the streaks turned all those colors!" (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)
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|"I adore being girlie," December cover girl Taylor Swift told InStyle. And with a red-carpet repertoire that includes sparkling dresses, metallic shadows and her signature spiral curls, there's no reason to doubt her. However, this 20-year-old has grit enough to justify the title of her hit second album, Fearless. Famously, her lyrics are inspired by real-life heartache. "Vulnerability and honesty are themes in my music," she told us. It's no wonder, then, that when Kanye West interrupted her VMA acceptance speech, she reacted with poise and humor in both backstage interviews and during her hosting gig on SNL. And, although she loves her Chanel Inimitable mascara and NARS Dragon Girl lip color, she has said: "It's important to be comfortable with who you are and go natural once in a while." Clearly, Swift is as wise a woman as she is girlie a girl. |
2005: The Hendersonville High freshman had the tiara, but didn't feel like a princess until she left to begin recording her first album. "I really don't miss much about high school," she said during her homeschool days, "because the moment I'm in right now is like waking up in a dream." (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)
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|"Some people think all country singers wear cowboy hats and rhinestones," 27-year-old Carrie Underwood has told InStyle. "I'm changing that image." From taking home the top prize on American Idol, to scoring three number-one albums, to collecting five Grammys, Underwood has proven herself as a major star. And with her favorite smoky eyes ("me and black eyeliner go way back") and pumped-up locks ("I wish that big hair would come back in style") Underwood shows that she can turn on the glitz--even without rhinestones. "You want people to see you and think, 'Wow! She looks awesome,'" Underwood has said. "'Wow! She's a star.'" |
2001: As a high school senior in Checotah, Oklahoma, Underwood showed her familiarity with the curling iron. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)
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