It’s hard to believe because it’s like she’s aging backwards, but pop legend Jennifer Lopez turns 50 today. During the span of her career, she has brought us hits like “Jenny from the Block” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”, as well as some iconic fashion moments – remember that green Versace dress? It’s believed to have inspired the creation of Google Image Search because of just how many people were searching for a photo of it.
Her fashion and music have always been loud, proud, and fun, so it’s no surprise her beauty looks have matched. Lopez is a multi-hyphenate: singer, dancer, actor, and businesswoman, and a makeup chameleon over the years, too. In honor of J.Lo’s birthday, Savoir Flair is throwing it back to see how her beauty looks evolved over the years, from when she exploded onto the scene to now, her big 5-o.
Lopez first came into the public eye in the late 90s with her acting and singing. This was a time when low-key makeup was in fashion, and she knew how to work it. She kept her beauty looks pared back and super simple, with an emphasis on glowing skin and a slick of lip gloss for the red carpet.
And yes, there’s a reason it’s called the “J.Lo glow” – her skin has always been luminescent and bronzed. Of course, the popstar also had the obligatory super-thin eyebrows that were so on-trend at the time, but luckily for her, she didn’t go as far as some did with her plucking…
When Lopez started acting in movies like Maid in Manhattan in the noughties, she amped up her Hollywood starlet look. This meant long lashes, strong red lips, and one thing Lopez could always rely on: a giant, sleek bun. Although it was a more noticeable beauty look than we’d previously seen on the star, she still kept things sophisticated.
For a large part of her career, Lopez kept her beauty look subtle, but in the late noughties, she switched things up and started playing around with a more sultry look. This meant amping up her eyeshadow and perfecting the smoky eye – along with consistently bronzed skin, of course.
In recent years, Lopez has been having a bit more fun with her beauty looks and experiments more often on the red carpet. Before, we would rarely see her in different shades of lipstick, but now? Anything goes – the perfect example being this year’s Met Gala, where she opted for a “more is more” approach, complete with a beaded headpiece, metallic eyes, and sky-high lashes.
But don’t worry, the J.Lo glow hasn’t gone anywhere. We should all take a leaf out of her book, as in an interview with InStyle last year she said, “I don’t wear a lot of makeup when not working and am a firm believer in SPF. I try not to stay out in the sun too long.” Simple beauty advice, but obviously effective – although the fact Lopez looks closer to 30 than 50 might be down to some pretty incredible genes as well…