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Brie Larson, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the 'Captain Marvel' star.
Brie Larson before and after

You know you've made it in Hollywood when you're the star of Marvel Studios' first-ever superhero movie with a solo female lead. That's what Brie Larson has achieved with Captain Marvel, a box office sensation that surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide.

But long before she was waging war on aliens—or winning an Oscar and Golden Globe for her role in Room—the 31-year-old was a child actress and teen pop singer. And she has been walking the red carpet since the tender age of 12!

In recent years, Brie has often appeared in our celebrity beauty reports, but she never struck me as an obvious candidate for a Before & After. (Not like Khloé Kardashian or Ellie Goulding, where you just KNOW their faces have been tweaked.)

However, when I learned that she'd been acting for such a long time, I couldn't resist tracking down her early photos... and I was surprised at what I found!

Let's take a look at Brie's beauty evolution from 2002 to the present.

Brie in 2002

Brie Larson The Time Machine Los Angeles premiere 2002

Brie Larson at the 2002 Los Angeles premiere of 'The Time Machine.'

Our first shot is a 12-year-old Brie, rocking the short, piecey bangs that so many of us had back in middle school (!!). If this was her natural hair colour, it's gorgeous. But hairstyles in general were just BAD in the early 2000s... and I've got an even worse example next!

Brie Larson Hey Arnold The Movie Los Angeles premiere 2002

Brie Larson at the 2002 Los Angeles premiere of 'Hey Arnold!: The Movie.'

Right?! She really went for it here—the stiff curled bangs, the knotty updo, the faux flower, the one red streak of hair. All essential elements in anyone's early 2000s look.

Brie in 2003

Brie Larson The Cat in the Hat Los Angeles premiere 2003

Brie Larson at the 2003 Los Angeles premiere of 'The Cat in the Hat.'

The following year, Brie went blonde, and actually, these highlights are pretty good. Plus, most importantly, the bangs were growing out! She was 14 by this time, so her features were starting to look more grown-up. Two things stand out for me here: her nose, and her hooded eyes. Keep an eye on how they change.

Brie in 2004

Brie Larson Home on the Range Los Angeles premiere 2004

Brie Larson at the 2004 Los Angeles premiere of 'Home on the Range.'

In 2004, Brie channelled a cowgirl with braids and a bandana tied around her neck. She looks so fresh-faced with just the lip gloss. (Although already, she was plucking her brows—such was the trend!) Fun fact: Brie was one of the Six Chicks in 13 Going on 30 that same year!

Brie in 2006

Brie Larson Snakes on a Plane Los Angeles premiere 2006

Brie Larson at the 2006 Los Angeles premiere of 'Snakes on a Plane.'

Two years later, Brie made a radical change to her look with a wavy blonde bob and side-swept bangs. Isn't this hair colour so 2006?! Hairdressers loved the brassy tones back then. She was only 16 in this shot, but somehow looks far more mature than her years. 

Brie in 2007

Brie Larson The Beautiful Ordinary Los Angeles premiere 2007

Brie Larson at the 2007 Los Angeles premiere of 'The Beautiful Ordinary.'

Then, another completely different look in 2007. (This will be a theme with her!) Suddenly, Brie's hair was long again, perhaps from extensions, with a new sandy, ashy colour. Her foundation—which isn't quite the right shade—is camouflaging some breakouts. 

Brie in 2009

Brie Larson Showtime Winter TCA Party 2009

Brie Larson at the 2009 Showtime Winter TCA Party.

Brie was more put-together for this United States of Tara event in 2009, at age 19. No, her makeup doesn't have the polish that it has now, but she still looks really pretty... in a different way than before. Why? I'm going to venture a guess that she had the first tweak to her nose, and perhaps even her eyelids!

Brie in 2010

Brie Larson Scott Pilgrim vs the World London premiere 2010

Brie Larson at the 2010 London premiere of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.'

The red carpet struggle is real! For this event, Brie's eyeliner and lipstick were on point, but she didn't have the glossy hair and perfected skin finish that we're used to with A-list celebs. She was also still dealing with some breakouts. As for her nose, the width hasn't changed much, but the tip looks like it's been refined.

Brie in 2011

Brie Larson Elle Women in Television Party 2011

Brie Larson at Elle's 2011 Women in Television Party.

Then came this inexplicable wavy 'do, with a frizzy texture and random straight and kinky pieces. I will say that I like the mint green eyeliner... just not with this hair. Her skin is perhaps a little clearer here, and her brows have grown out nicely after the '00s over-plucking. 

Brie in 2012

Brie Larson Art of Elysium Heaven Gala 2012

Brie Larson at the 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala.

And then Brie became a redhead! It's cute on her, although the styling is perhaps not the best (I'd have ditched the bedazzled headband, at least). With barely any foundation on, we can see how much her skin has cleared up. Maybe she grew out of it, or maybe she had a little help from medication or dermatologist procedures.

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Brie in 2013

Brie Larson The World's End Los Angeles premiere 2013

Brie Larson at the 2013 Los Angeles premiere of 'The World's End.'

Now, here's the most au naturel look of all, when Brie was 23. Gone is the red hair, replaced by a natural light brown with blonder ends. And for once, there's nothing contrived about her makeup. With dewy skin, flushed cheeks and a slick of mascara, she looks fresh and healthy.

Brie in 2014

Brie Larson Critics' Choice Awards 2014

Brie Larson at the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards.

It was around 2014 when I first took notice of Brie, and I can still remember commenting on her hair here. Just when she'd transitioned to a natural-looking colour, she added these streaky highlights—which often looked ashy and grey in different lighting! Also, the knots have returned from 2002.

Brie in 2015

Brie Larson Room Los Angeles premiere 2015

Brie Larson at the 2015 Los Angeles premiere of 'Room.'

In 2015, Brie seemingly began working with a styling team. It always happens—when celebs get cast in bigger movies, the studio has the budget for better hair and makeup people. Hence, her face is flawless, and she's sporting an expensive "bronde" hair shade. But do I think this is the same nose she has today? Nope!

Brie in 2016

Brie Larson Oscars 2016

Brie Larson at the 2016 Oscars.

For her Academy Award for Best Actress, Brie had never looked better. Compare this smooth hair and perfect makeup to her red carpet style a few years before. It's a huge improvement! But I don't think it's JUST styling. I suspect she had a second procedure on her nose to make it even narrower.

Brie in 2017

Brie Larson Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party 2017

Brie Larson at the 2017 Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.

Whoomp, there it is! It's Brie's newest nose, after what I believe was a second rhinoplasty. It's a baby nose now... and see how it makes her eyes and lips stand out more? If you also zone in on her eyelids, I think she had some of the excess skin removed (called a blepharoplasty) as well, or possibly even a brow lift.

Brie Larson Kong Skull Island Los Angeles premiere 2017

Brie Larson at the 2017 Los Angeles premiere of 'Kong: Skull Island.'

Here, she looks every inch the Hollywood star, with a face-framing retro wave, sophisticated makeup and a brighter smile (suggesting a little cosmetic dentistry work). But again, it's her newly sculpted nose and eyelids that make the real difference versus her earlier red carpet appearances. (It's normal for your nose look wider when you smile, but hers is still much narrower than before!)

Brie in 2018

Brie Larson Avengers Infinity War Los Angeles premiere 2018

Brie Larson at the 2018 Los Angeles premiere of 'Avengers: Infinity War.'

By this time, Brie was 28, and she went even darker with her hair colour (or at least for the top half!). I have to say, I like the brunette on her a lot—it really makes her eyes pop. And it seems that she's found her groove, beauty-wise, with this straight hairstyle and simple makeup.

Brie in 2019

Brie Larson Captain Marvel Los Angeles premiere 2019

Brie Larson at the 2019 Los Angeles premiere of 'Captain Marvel.'

But Brie is a woman who likes to change her hair colour, so then she switched things up and went bright blonde. I can't say I'm a fan, although it helps that her roots and brows were kept darker. (Isn't it amazing how well her brows have grown back?) 

Brie in 2020

Brie Larson Oscars 2020

Brie Larson at the 2020 Oscars.

And here's Brie's latest red carpet look, a sleek updo with minimal makeup. While I don't love the hair colour (it's like those 2014 highlights!), I do like how her makeup keeps getting subtler, a phenomenon I've observed many times with celebs. Is it their newly chiseled features that give them the confidence to be seen with less?

Brie in 2021

Brie Larson 2021

Brie Larson in 2021.

Without any red carpet appearances lately, we have to rely on Instagram for glimpses of Brie—like this shot, where she's sporting a new mane of blonde, '70s-style waves. I swear, I thought this was Cat Deeley for a second! Looking at her eyelids, I actually suspect that she had a second blepharoplasty or brow lift done during quarantine. The area is flatter, with higher brows and even more lid space than before!

Brie Larson Before and After

Brie Larson before and after

Brie Larson in 2003 (left) and in 2017 (right).

I don't know about you, but I think Brie's before and after is one of the most surprising we've seen. She keeps such a low profile (and is basically the opposite of a Kardashian), so I NEVER suspected this!

There's no doubt that hair and makeup were responsible for a lot of these changes. We can all relate to her many styling faux-pas, and it's strangely satisfying to see her blossom into the polished beauty she is today.

But it's also very obvious that a rhinoplasty procedure (or two!) played no small part in this transformation. In addition, I suspect a blepharoplasty and/or brow lift, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and some type of acne treatment. Who knows, there could even be a little Botox and filler happening too—although if there is, it's extremely natural.

Brie looks beautiful, of course, but I couldn't help but notice something she said in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Talking about all the rejection she faced early on in her career, she revealed, "I wasn't pretty enough to play the popular girl, I wasn't mousy enough to be the mousy girl, so I never fit in. And so I'd get close [to the end of the audition process], but I never got anywhere, and it was really painful."

It's no coincidence that her career took off after having these cosmetic procedures. That's Hollywood for you... don't hate the player, hate the game!

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