The First Red Carpet Appearances of Blake, Selena, and More

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We’ve all had beauty moments we’d rather forget. Unlike common folk, however, celebrities have to deal with these beauty moments living down for infamy on the one place where things never, ever die: the internet. In the spirit of #TBT, let’s take a trip down memory lane, and see the beauty looks our favorite celebs decided to debut for their first-ever red carpets, shall we? Some of them are adorable (hi, Ari), some are serious early ‘00s throwbacks, and all of them make us smile.

From Blake Lively to Gwen Stefani, keep scrolling to see them all! (Heads up: Use the sliding widget to compare then versus now.)

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie knows when a beauty trend just works. Case in point: the smooth, straight strands and the sleek part she’s been debuting since her first red carpet. 

Photos: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; VCG/Getty Images

Ariana Grande

You’ll rarely (if ever) find Ari without her requisite perky pony on the red carpet, which is why we’re slightly obsessed with her curls at her first-ever press event. 

Photos: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images; Jeffrey Mayer/Getty Images

Blake Lively

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One thing about Blake that hasn’t changed at all through the years: her dazzling, megawatt smile. 

Photos: J. Merritt/Getty Images; Jim Spellman/Getty Images

Emma Stone

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It’s hard to remember a day when Stone didn’t have her softly-waved, Titian lob, but clearly, she has a face for bangs, too. 

Photos: Mark Mainz/Getty Images; Steve Granitz/Getty Images

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Gwen Stefani may have found the Fountain of Youth, but we will never, ever forget her in the height of her leopard coat-wearing No Doubt days. 

Photos: Mitchell Gerber/Getty Images; Frederick M Brown/Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence

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J.Law traded her beach-babe beauty aesthetic for cascading waves and a look-at-me smoky eye. 

Photos: Mirek Towski/Getty Images; Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Kerry Washington

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We LOVE that Kerry Washington has been rocking her natural curls on the red carpet, just like she did for her first-ever appearance. 

Photos: Ron Galella/Getty Images; John Shearer/Getty Images

Kylie Jenner

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We truly feel like we’ve watched Kylie Jenner grow up before our eyes, trading her raven locks for every hue in the rainbow along the way. 

Photos: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images; Presley Ann/Getty Images

Rihanna

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We’re very happy to see that Rihanna hasn’t left her metallic, glimmery eye shadow days behind. 

Photos: Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Krista Kennell/Getty Images

Selena Gomez

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Aww who can forget young Selena Gomez in her Wizards of Waverly Place days? Since then, she’s traded her curls for sleek, straight strands. 

Photos: Patrick McMullan/Getty Images; Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Which of these before-afters were you most surprised by? Click here to celebrities’ yearbook photos that are too good. 

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