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Dakota Johnson’s Beauty Evolution, From Miss Golden Globe to Movie Star

50 shades of Dakota.

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Whether you’ve seen her in the Fifty Shades of Grey film series or when she first appeared on the screen with a minor role in the dark comedy film Crazy in Alabama with her mother Melanie Griffith (at only the age of ten), over the past twenty years we’ve all gotten to know and love Dakota Johnson.

A master of classic looks, Dakota’s beauty evolution has been slow and steady but definitely noteworthy. Here are the subtle changes you may have missed since her emergence on the scene– just in time for her role in the new movie The Lost Daughter.

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Dakota was looked just like her mother, with side-swept bangs and golden blonde hair, as Miss Golden Globe in 2006

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We love this curly shorter look for Dakota, seen in 2008. Her hair was a deeper golden tone and she had started experimenting with smudgy black eyeliner.

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In 2010, Dakota opted for a more bare-faced look, losing the eyeliner and trying out for statement red lipstick.

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By 2012, Dakota had her now-signature curtain bangs but her hair was bright California blonde.

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Dakota’s hair went darker this year and hasn’t turned back since. She pulled her hair back into a sleek updo for the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala.

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By 2014, Dakota had perfected the hair combo we’ve grown to love— effortlessly wavy brunette hair with her signature bangs.

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In 2016 Dakota tried out a breezy shoulder-length lob for a change.

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For the 89th Annual Academy Awards, Dakota slicked back her now long fringe for a quick change up and blessed us with a matching peach lipstick and eyeshadow moment.

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At the 2019 Oscars, Dakota’s hair was a richer chocolate brown that paired perfectly with deep plum lipstick and dark eyeliner.

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Dakota’s dark hair and fringe looks just as good in a loose chignon as it does long and flowing.

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The Dakota we know now has soft honey highlights with her signature fringe and has mastered the art of blushed, glowing makeup (usually opting for either a bold lip or dark eyeliner). While her style has evolved with trends, her classic approach to beauty has remained throughout.

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