Some celebrities seem so down to earth, you’d never dream of them altering their appearance with plastic surgery or cosmetic injections. Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence.
Now 31, the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actress has masterfully cultivated a “normal” persona over the years. She gets drunk, she’s obsessed with junk food, and she buys her furniture from Ikea. She’s just like us!
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Or is she? A look back at Jennifer’s beauty evolution reveals an actress whose rise to fame was perhaps a little more calculated. At the very least, her look has changed—a lot.
So who is the real Jennifer Lawrence? Let’s see if we can find out.
From 2007-2009: The Teenage Years
At the 2007 Declare Yourself ‘Hollywood Celebrates the Power of 18’ Event
In this first photo, she was just 17 years old. And yes, I checked. This is Jennifer Lawrence, even though it barely resembles her today (which will be a recurring theme over the next few pics!). Back then, she rocked a spray tan with bleached-blonde hair and over-plucked brows... plus a fuller face, wider nose and heavy-lidded eyes.
At the 2008 Turner Network TCA Summer Press Tour
Her hair looked more natural the following year, when her own dark blonde colour started to grow in. She also started wearing the smoky eye makeup that she has remained fond of to this day. Looking at her features front-on, you can definitely see a different nose than she has now.
At the 2008 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party
There’s the JLaw we know—there’s no mistaking that smile! Again, notice how her nose is ever-so-slightly more prominent in relation to her other features, which isn’t the case anymore. We can also see that she always did have straight, even teeth. But we’d never catch her in this daisy headband these days!
At the 2009 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Burning Plain’
See what I mean about her looking like a different person? It’s mainly her hooded eyes. Without any heavy eye makeup to camouflage them, they are especially noticeable (and aren’t like this now). Her face also seems more oblong here, with flatter cheeks, but maybe it’s just because she’s not smiling. Take note of her lips, by the way, because even those will change.
From 2010-2011: On the Cusp of Fame
At the 2010 Hollywood Awards Gala
By age 20, Jennifer was going more glam on the red carpet, to coincide with her breakout role in Winter’s Bone. So her hair is styled in voluminous waves and soft bangs, and she’s wearing distinctly heavier eyeliner and eyeshadow. Compared to 2008, it appears her teeth have been professionally brightened.
At the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
Alright, this is the photo that surprised me the most—where it becomes clear that she was tinkering with fillers. Her lips are suddenly bee-stung, with the upper one equal to if not greater in size than the lower (which was not the case before). Her face is also much fuller overall, despite no apparent weight gain elsewhere.
At the 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2011
Here, too, she has a strangely bloated look, which I suspect may be from injections. Her upper lip is still unnaturally full, but what is even more striking is her newly rounded face shape. Looking at her cheeks and temples, it seems like the fillers were placed there in an attempt to widen her face. The last thing to notice is her nose, because that’s about to change....
From 2012-2013: Hollywood’s Hottest New Star
At the 2012 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Hunger Games’
For the debut of The Hunger Games—which would skyrocket her to fame—Jennifer revealed a brand new look. All of a sudden, her face is slimmer and more angular. So either her fillers settled, or perhaps some kind of fat removal procedure took place. The other big change is her newly petite nose. It’s been narrowed through the bridge, and the tip is more defined.
At the 2012 Toronto Photocall for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
In case you missed it, Jen had dark brunette, nearly black hair for a short time. Although it’s not the best with her skin tone, it really makes her blue eyes pop. Or is there another reason for that? Compared to just a year before, her eyes look more wide-open, without as much skin on the upper lids... which leads me to believe she had a surgical procedure.
At the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Then, in 2013, she lightened her hair a few notches to a golden brown Ombré. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to seeing her as a blonde, but I don’t think I’d have recognized her. This photo also gives us a good look at her new button nose. The work is very skilled—I would never guess she wasn’t born with it!
At the 2013 Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon 2013
This shot was taken only a few weeks before Jennifer would take home an Academy Award. You’d think she would tone down the lip fillers so as not to look obvious—but that doesn’t appear to be the case. At the time, I guess we were all paying too much attention to Kylie Jenner’s changing lips to notice that other celebs were dabbling with injectables, too!
From 2013-2016: The Big Chop
At the 2013 New York City Premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
And then, Jen shocked her fans by cutting her long hair into a short pixie. She explained that it was “fried,” at “an awkward, gross length,” and “couldn’t get any uglier”—so she decided to chop it all off. Not surprisingly, she got bolder and more experimental with her makeup to go with her new look.
At the 2014 Oscars
By the time the Oscars rolled around, Jen’s hair was starting to grow out, so she glammed it up with an effortless, slicked-back style. If this doesn’t say “A-list,” I don’t know what does! She has always had nice skin, but it is especially beautiful here. And I’m obsessed with the “kitten eye” liner application—that takes some serious skill.
At the 2014 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’
Finally, Jen’s hair was getting long enough to put up, although she may have got some help from extensions. Her big, pouty lips also made a return, with the top one overtaking the bottom one in size. With just a nude, shimmery shadow, you can clearly see how her eyelids aren’t as hooded now.
At the 2015 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’
This shoulder-grazing blonde lob was Jennifer’s signature look in 2015, worn here with the textured waves that were trending at the time. She was 25 by this point, and there’s a sense that she’s finally settled into her features, as well as hit her stride on the red carpet. Our JLaw is all grown up!
At the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Another year, another Oscars—but when Jen showed up this time, there was a lot of speculation about her “new face.” To me, her lips look natural, but the way her cheeks are projecting suggests that she may have topped up her injections there. She could do it on the DL in 2011, but now that she’s a household name, these things get noticed!
From 2017-2019: Beachy to Bold
At the 2017 Venice Photocall for ‘Mother!’
The following year, Jennifer embraced a more laid-back, Boho vibe, and I love it. I’m pretty sure this is her real hair now, no extensions, with her natural wave and a more realistic shade of blonde. I also think we’ve found the smoking gun with respect to her suspected eyelid surgery. Look closely and you can actually see a tiny scar!
At the 2018 New York City Premiere of ‘Red Sparrow’
But it was back to the bold eye makeup—as well as bold lips—in 2018, with her most dramatic red carpet look yet. I’m not sure if it’s the eyeshadow, her tight updo, or something more permanent that is causing her eyes to have a pulled-up look a la Bella Hadid. I’m also marvelling at the way her jawline and lower cheeks have been transformed.
At the 2019 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Dark Phoenix’
For her last pre-lockdown public appearance, she paired an undone wavy updo with copious amounts of copper shadow, all the way around her eyes. Something about the way her lips are pursed suggests some tinkering there (which can restrict movement). Plus, she doesn’t have a single line on her forehead, which is unusual.
From 2021: Mom-to-Be
At the 2021 World Premiere of ‘Don’t Look Up’
After a two-year hiatus, Jennifer finally returned to the red carpet in late 2021 with big news: she’s expecting her first child with husband Cooke Maroney. That explains her fuller face, and is perhaps why she’s now embracing those darker roots, too.
Jennifer Lawrence Before and After
Jennifer in 2008 vs 2018
Jennifer Lawrence may be one of the most “relatable” celebs, but she’s no different from our other Before & After subjects. Just like them, she appears to have altered her facial features—but has been lucky enough to fly under the radar.
So which procedures do the pros think she had done? “I believe she may have benefitted from a well performed rhinoplasty,” says Dr. Adam Schaffner. She likely also gets “Botox to smooth her forehead and lift her eyebrows” and “injectable filler in her lips, giving her a nice plump pout,” adds Dr. Anthony Youn.
As for her cheeks, “there’s a high probability that she’s had a facial slimming procedure [such as] buccal fat removal,” says Dr. Tim Sayed. But according to Dr. Susan Evans, that’s not all. “She looks as if she’s gotten cheek implants, and removed the buccal pad, [and] thinned out her cheeks.”
Dr. Sayed also suspects a blepharoplasty procedure, which removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids. “Eyelid surgery could have opened up her eyes, as there is a noticeable difference in the shape of her eyes in comparison with the older photos.”
“She’s taken care of her skin; she’s [doing] Botox to keep her nice and smooth; she’s using fillers where needed in moderation; and she’s probably using a retinoid like tretinoin to give her skin that youthful, healthy look,” says Dr. Fred Colville. “This is how you stay young forever, and this woman is never going to need a face lift.”