Shailene Woodley, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the 'Divergent' star.
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Shailene Woodley before and after

After being nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award, it's safe to say that Shailene Woodley is one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood right now.

But it's not just her roles in Big Little LiesThe Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series that have garnered attention. The 29-year-old has become equally well-known for her unconventional approach to health and beauty. 

In an interview with Into The Gloss, she famously claimed that she eats clay, washes her hair once a month, and likes to sunbathe her vagina. According to InStyle, she also roasts beets to use as lip stain and wears spirulina, a type of algae, as eyeshadow.

More recently, when asked to name her favourite beauty product, her answer was: "Just happiness, man!" (Best response EVER.)

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But is that (and a good hair and makeup team) all that's behind Shailene's changing looks over the years? Or did she succumb to cosmetic alterations, like so many of her celebrity peers?

Let's take a closer look at her beauty evolution to find out.

Shailene in 2008

Shailene Woodley A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival 2008

Shailene Woodley at the 2008 Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival.

Shailene has been acting since age five, but she didn't walk the red carpet until 16  (when she scored her first big leading role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager). I, for one, appreciate seeing that her teenage years were just as awkward as everybody else's. Weird hair, zits, over-plucked brows... we've all been there. 

Shailene in 2009

Shailene Woodley Teen Choice Awards 2009

Shailene Woodley at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

By age 17, her skin had cleared up and her natural medium brown hair had acquired a lighter, slightly reddish tint. But I'm not sure what's going on with this updo (if you can even call it that, with the long pieces at the front). She's also rocking an unfortunate style known as the "bang combover." 

Shailene in 2010

Shailene Woodley Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party 2010

Shailene Woodley at the 2010 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party.

While her previous look was kind of edgy, she next stepped out looking uncharacteristically sweet. The half-up waves (in a deeper brunette) and rosy flushed cheeks aren't really her style, but even still, they're very pretty. As for her features, we can see that her nose was definitely more prominent than most in Hollywood.

Shailene in 2011

Shailene Woodley The Descendants London premiere 2011

Shailene Woodley at the 2011 London premiere of 'The Descendants.'

It wasn't until age 19 that she started to look more like the Shailene we know today. That's also thanks to her styling team, of course—and she would've been working with the very best as a cast member of The Descendants. Although not long after this, she cut it all off, her hair at the time was glorious: long, thick and shiny, with the most beautiful sun-kissed Ombré.

Shailene in 2012

Shailene Woodley Producers Guild Awards 2012

Shailene Woodley at the 2012 Producers Guild Awards.

You can always tell you need a haircut when you find yourself wearing a ponytail all the time. Maybe that's what was happening with Shailene in 2012, when this was her go-to hairstyle (right before she got her dramatic, career-changing chop). I especially love her bold red lipstick and defined lashes.

Shailene in 2013

Shailene Woodley Elle Women In Hollywood Awards 2013

Shailene Woodley at the 2013 Elle Women In Hollywood Awards.

Then, she lopped off her hair—and like so many actresses before her, this pixie cut surely helped propel her to new levels of stardom. (It's practically a rite of passage for young celebs, but in this case, I think it really suits her!) Sometimes, celebs use a radical haircut to distract us from a sneaky cosmetic procedure or two, but I don't see any evidence of that here.

Shailene in 2014

Shailene Woodley Teen Choice Awards 2014

Shailene Woodley at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.

I don't know about you, but when most celebrities get short hair, I can't wait for it to grow back. (See: Katy Perry and Scarlett Johansson, for starters.) Not so with Shailene. She looks incredible in this pixie, even with barely any makeup. With the slicked-down style, blonde highlights and a subtle tan, I'm into this whole vibe.

Shailene in 2015

Shailene Woodley MTV Movie Awards 2015

Shailene Woodley at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.

Nobody said that growing out short hair would be easy. While I can appreciate her solution of a reverse French braid, Shailene is definitely going through that awkward in-between phase. It doesn't help that the makeup is washing her out, which might be because she only lets organic products touch her skin. We all know how hit-and-miss organic foundations can be (or at least they were, back in 2015!). 

Shailene in 2016

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Shailene Woodley at the 2016 New York City premiere of 'Snowden.'

A year later, Shailene debuted another radical beauty transformation: a deep tan, much longer hair (thanks to extensions), and a dark brunette colour. I'm not a fan of the latter, which doesn't have enough dimension. But I do like the rest, including the nose ring. And speaking of noses, I don't see any change there so far!

Shailene in 2017

Shailene Woodley Emmys 2017

Shailene Woodley at the 2017 Emmys.

The hair changes keep on coming, and this might be the most unexpected look yet. Much to everyone's surprise, she showed up to this red carpet as a bleached blonde. (Actually, there are a few different tones going on here—cool blonde, brassy blonde and visible roots—but they somehow look a lot better on her hairstylist's Instagram.) For someone so into natural living, it just seems off-brand. 

Shailene in 2018

Shailene Woodley Art of Elysium Heaven Gala 2018

Shailene Woodley at the 2018 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala.

She kept the blonde through 2018 (she was 26 by this point), but with a few inches of regrowth and a more gradual transition, it looked a lot more realistic. Her makeup game improved, too. Her eyes are enhanced with just the right amount of smoky shadow, and the red lipstick adds a face-brightening pop.

Shailene in 2019

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Shailene Woodley at the 2019 Harper's Bazaar Icons Celebration.

Shailene's personal style got even bolder the following year, when she wore this dramatic hat (complete with matching suit) to an A-list party. After all these years on the red carpet, she's now got the necessary confidence to pull it off. You might've noticed that her lips seem fuller than usual, but if you zoom in, it's just because they've been lined outside the edges.

Shailene in 2020

Shailene Woodley InStyle Warner Bros Golden Globes After Party 2020

Shailene Woodley at the 2020 InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party.

And that brings us to her most recent red carpet appearance, where she went all sultry and sleek in smoky eyes and straight, half-back hair. It's her skin finish that keeps this from being too "done"—if she wore a full face of foundation, she wouldn't look like herself at all.

Shailene Woodley Before and After

Shailene Woodley before and after

Shailene Woodley in 2008 (left) and in 2018 (right).

With her hippie reputation, Shailene is the LAST person you'd think would undergo cosmetic enhancements, despite being among the highest-paid working actresses today.

As far as I can tell, any changes to her facial features appear to be a result of clever makeup techniques and normal aging—not plastic surgery.

She has even rallied against Photoshopped images of herself being used in the media. "The reality is that I do not have those lips and my skin is not flawless and I do have a little bit of a stomach. It was not a proper representation of who I am," she told Interview.

She even tries to keep it real when getting glammed. "Day-to-day, I don't wear makeup at all. I will get my makeup done for appearances and events. You have to pick and choose where you are going to represent you and the things you keep sacred, and then there are the things you have to do for the public.... I respect the establishment, but I don't sacrifice my own integrity. I wouldn't wear fake eyelashes or crazy extensions. It's always me—just maybe the public, pretty-in-a-Cinderella-dress me," she explained to Into The Gloss.

After all, she has a bigger goal in mind than just personal fame. "[Celebrities] can make this about ourselves given the platform that we have, or we can use it for a cause," she said in an interview with Global News. "Use all this attention for something that's greater than just an individual life." As an avid environmental and political activist, she is doing just that!

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

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