Nicola Peltz has been appearing on both the big and small screens for more than a decade, but after recently tying the knot with Brooklyn Beckham (celebrity offspring of David and Victoria), she has reached a whole new level of fame.
The 27-year-old already had an impressive list of acting credits under her belt, including roles in Transformers: Age of Extinction and Bates Motel. She also happens to be a billionaire heiress (dad is Wendy’s chairman Nelson Peltz), and modelling is in her blood (mom is former fashion model Claudia Heffner).
No wonder I first took notice of Nicola on the red carpet way back in 2016. Not only did she have poise beyond her years, but she also had the most incredible hair and makeup—done by the same sought-after glam team that got her ready for her wedding. (Actresses don’t normally get that kind of access until they’re solidly on the A-list, so I knew she had to have connections.)
But it wasn’t until later on, when her lips began to inflate, that I wondered if other enhancements—not just makeup—played a role in creating her look. To say that I was surprised at what I found would be an understatement!
Keep scrolling to see Nicola’s dramatic beauty transformation.
From 2008-2011: Nicola as a Teen
At the 2008 New York City Premiere of ‘Harold’
Although she started acting at age 11, it wasn’t until she was 13 that Nicola began attending events and getting photographed. I, for one, would never have recognized her. Sure, she has the same striking green eyes, but she looks totally different with braces, her natural nose, and her natural brown hair colour.
At the 2010 Rebecca Taylor Spring 2011 Fashion Show
Two years later, and there’s even less resemblance to the Nicola we know today. Her hair is an even darker chocolate brown, and I suspect that it was dyed, since her eyebrows are a noticeably lighter shade. But the main thing that stands out is her nose, of course—it’s much wider than the shape she has now. I also think that her chin seems pointier and her eyelids seem heavier compared to now.
At the 2011 BCBG Fall 2011 Fashion Show
She was still favouring the darker hair at age 16. (This particular brunette was very trendy back then—it was the Katy Perry and Emily Blunt era, after all.) However, more so than the hair colour, it’s her facial features that make her look so different. Here, it is especially noticeable that she didn’t have much of an eyelid crease. Her upper eyelids have some excess skin and fat that was likely removed later on.
At the 2011 Rebecca Taylor Fall 2011 Fashion Show
Now we’re starting to see a glimpse of that star quality. Despite her young age, there’s a real confidence in the way that she gazes at the camera. (And no more smiling! Isn’t it strange how celebs smile less, the more famous they get?!) The makeup is also getting better, although there’s no way we’d see her now in this much blush.
From 2013-2016: Hollywood Breakthrough
At the 2013 Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Bates Motel’
Nicola wasn’t photographed at all in 2012, but the following year, she emerged with a whole new look. As is often the case, the blonde hair (with matching brows) is completely transformative, and works beautifully with her skin tone. But is that the only change going on here? I’m not so sure. Her nose no longer seems as prominent compared to her other features, and underneath the eye makeup, her eyelids now have a crease.
At the 2014 New York City Premiere of ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’
For her breakout role in the fourth Transformers movie, the 19-year-old looked every bit the young ‘10s-era starlet. Her hair was bleached to an even lighter blonde, and paired with expertly blended smoky eyes. I’m getting Reese Witherspoon vibes, anybody else? This feels dated now (or “cheugy,” as they call it) and also too generic in a sea of Hollywood blondes.
At the 2016 Saint Laurent at the Palladium Show
When Nicola turned 21, she got another major styling upgrade—and this is when she originally got my attention. For those of us who follow red carpet style, she suddenly became one to watch, thanks to her flawless features, meticulous makeup and “cool girl” rooty hair colour. If you compare this shot to 2011, the change in the shape and the size of her nose is obvious.
From 2016-2018: Fillers Gone Too Far?
At the 2016 Tom Ford Spring 2017 Fashion Show
But just when she achieved peak red carpet style, things started to change. If you look at her lips, there is a distinct increase in volume compared to only a few months prior. Still, it’s not super-obvious... yet. Meanwhile, she continues to impress in the style department with glam waves and razor-sharp cat eyes.
At the 2017 InStyle & Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party
The next year, her upper lip continued to grow, to the point where it overtook her lower one in size. (Not only is this atypical, but we know from her earlier photos that her lips were not always this way!) She also returned to an all-over bleached blonde, but this time with a yellowy tone that gives her skin a sallow cast. Compared to 2010, her chin no longer has such a distinct “V” shape, so she may have had work done in that area, too.
At the 2018 amfAR Gala New York
And now for the most shocking photo of all. In 2018, Nicola kept on inflating her lips, especially her upper lip—leading to what I believe is the most distorted result we’ve seen in the history of Before & Afters. (Even Kylie Jenner’s lips were more natural-looking than these!) As if that weren’t distracting enough, there’s also a heavy application of contour to create the illusion of a narrower nose.
From 2020-2022: A More Natural Look
On Instagram in 2020
In recent years, Nicola has been more active on Instagram than the red carpet, especially since the lockdowns of 2020. Perhaps that is why her lips seemingly began to deflate around this time (although the top one still has some unnatural protrusion). With little eye makeup, we can also see that she now has a flatter upper eyelid surface and a distinct crease.
On Instagram in 2021
By the time the Met Gala rolled around in 2021 (which she attended on the arm of her soon-to-be-husband), she was back on her A-game. The platinum blonde returned, but somehow, with smudged roots and a straight texture, it feels more modern. Also notice the fuller, lacquered brows and avant-garde eyeliner application. Her lips are plumped, but now the volume seems evenly distributed.
On Instagram in 2022
A few months before her wedding, Nicola showed off a shorter shag haircut and grown-out roots (although she had ‘em touched-up by the time she wed Brooklyn in April). It doesn’t look like she’s wearing any makeup here, leaving little doubt that her lips have been filled. Fortunately, the “trout pout” look she had back in 2018 is long gone!
Nicola Peltz Before and After
Nicola in 2011 vs 2018
When you compare these two photos of Nicola, the difference in just a few years is astonishing. If I didn’t know they were the same person, I would never identify the brunette on the left as the younger version of the blonde on the right.
But hair colour only plays a minor role in this transformation. The most drastic, immediately noticeable change was to her lips. Yes, they might be exaggerated with lip liner, but makeup tricks alone could never create this increase in volume, especially to the upper lip.
The same goes for her nose. It has obviously been contoured with makeup, but you can still see that underneath, it has become narrower and less bulbous.
But that’s not all—the shape of her jawline is different, too. While it’s possible to reduce the size of the chin with bone surgery (genioplasty or mentoplasty), that is a very invasive surgery with a long recovery time. I think it is more likely that injectable filler was used to round out the “V” shape and add some projection to her chin.
We also know that eyelid surgery is becoming commonplace among celebrities, and usually flies under the radar (see Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lawrence, for starters). Looking at the transformation of Nicola’s eye area, I suspect that she had some excess skin and fat removed from her upper lids to create a more wide-open, defined eye shape (and the perfect canvas for eye makeup).
Without a doubt, her “makeover” was a success—after all, coming from a billionaire family, she can afford the very best. But I have to wonder how it feels to undergo such a radical transformation. Almost everything about her look has changed!