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Beyoncé, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the music superstar.

As one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Beyoncé has been at the top of her game for quite some time now. She has achieved a record-setting number of Grammy Awards, scored a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in 'Dreamgirls', and in her personal life, is a mom of three.

Girl has so much going on that it's easy to forget just how long she's been in the biz. But it's been 16 years, people! SIXTEEN.

Now 33 years old, Bey got her start as a teenager back in the late '90s, with girl R&B group Destiny's Child. (Oh my God, those trashtastic outfits... remember?!)

While Bey was clearly a beauty way back then, she's looking more gorgeous than ever these days. Did anything change along the way? Let's dive into her beauty retrospective...

Beyoncé in 1998

Beyoncé Knowles at Maxwell's album launch in 1998.

Our first pic is from when Bey was 17, wearing a very Gwen Stefani-esque bindi. Ah, the '90s! I identify her so much with the blonde hair that I'm not sure if I would've recognized her here, as a brunette. Of course, the makeup is totally different, too—I can't see her wearing those dark metallic lips today. As always with these Before and Afters, take note of her nose.

Beyoncé Knowles with Destiny's Child at the Soul Train Awards in 1998.

Here's another 1998 shot, of the entire group. The outfits aren't that outrageous yet, but sooo '90s! Beyoncé had started to lighten her hair here as well, though it's cut Jennifer Aniston-style.

Beyoncé in 1999

Beyoncé Knowles in 1999.

In 1999, she had a brief flirtation with cornrows... and over-tweezed eyebrows! 

Beyoncé Knowles with Destiny's Child at the Soul Train Awards in 1999.

For a while there, the braids became Bey's signature look in Destiny's Child. This is about when the cray costumes started up as well. This is probably House of Deréon! 

Beyoncé in 2000

Beyoncé Knowles at the Billboard Music Awards in 2000.

In 2000, the braids were out but the blonde stayed. I would say she was bleaching her eyebrows in this era as well.

Beyoncé in 2001

Beyoncé Knowles at the MTV Movie Awards in 2001.

By 2001, age 20, Beyoncé had found a version of the glam waves that she still wears to this day. Already you could see that star quality, you know?

Beyoncé Knowles with Destiny's Child at MTV TRL in 2001.


Beyoncé in 2004

Beyoncé Knowles at the Grammy Awards in 2004.

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Moving on, the next look is from 2004, and she's changed her hair colour to a warm brown. I feel like I'm looking at a young Paula Abdul here. Are you seeing the resemblance? I'm also wondering if she's wearing (lighter) coloured contacts.

Beyoncé in 2006

Beyoncé Knowles at the UK Music Hall of Fame awards in 2006.

In 2006, age 25, Beyoncé's hair was even darker, and her style more sophisticated. She looks incredible with her hair pulled back like this. Whether her nose has been surgically altered by this point or it's just clever contouring, I can't tell. It does seem a little more refined.

Beyoncé in 2007

Beyoncé Knowles at The Palazzo opening in 2007.

You probably remember this phase; she was all about giant curly hair and slinky, sparkly dresses for a while there.

Beyoncé in 2009

Beyoncé Knowles at the Academy Awards in 2009.

Suddenly, at age 28, Beyoncé's style skyrocketed to the A+++ list. Quite a change, no? She went from being sort of "showgirl"-like to perfectly elegant and sophisticated. This cat eye look is just beyond gorgeous.

Beyoncé in 2010

Beyoncé Knowles at the Heat fragrance launch in 2010.

This is another example of her style elevation. Super-cute bangs and hair colour, and great, understated makeup. In this one, I think you can see a difference with her nose. It definitely seems pointier at the tip, with a more prominent bridge. I'm also questioning her eye colour again. In the early days, her eyes were a darker brown.

Beyoncé in 2011

Beyoncé Knowles at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011.

I always loved this photo, from when Beyoncé was pregnant for the first time. Basically, it's the side ponytail of my dreams. She is just SO pretty!

Beyoncé in 2013

Beyoncé Knowles at the Grammy Awards in 2013.

Another great shot of her is this one from 2013, age 32. I love this rare red lip sighting. Again, check out her nose.

Beyoncé in 2014

Beyoncé Knowles at the Chime for Change One-Year Anniversary in 2014.

I'm not crazy about the super-blonde ends of her Ombré, but the light hair colour as a whole really works for her. I definitely prefer her as a blonde, versus her natural brunette. The whole effect is super-beachy and glowy. 

Update: Beyoncé in 2015

Beyoncé at the Tidal X 1020 Benefit Concert in 2015.

OMG, who else could look so amazing in a cheerleader-style side ponytail?! She pulls off the light blonde, and wisely keeps the makeup on the softer side.


Beyoncé in 1998 (left) and in 2015 (right).

Beyoncé is SUPER-beautiful, there's no arguing that. And I especially love her fearlessness when it comes to her style choices. The blonde is high-maintenance, no doubt, but it's so transformative and inspiring. The coloured contacts really change her look as well.

As for her facial features, I think the photos speak for themselves—what has changed over the years is her nose. I'll defer to plastic surgeon Jeffrey Spiegel, who was quoted in Hollywood Life on this exact issue. He says: "It's extremely likely she’s had a rhinoplasty. I think she has had her nose narrowed and the tip refined. She looks gorgeous and the surgeon did an excellent job." Would you agree?

How do you feel about Beyoncé's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?