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13 of Mariah Carey’s Best Beauty Moments From the ‘90s & ‘00s That You’ll Want to Copy Today

The most natural glamour.

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Mariah Carey has long been known as one of the most glamorous superstars of modern day. With that distinction, it'd be easy to assume that over-the-top makeup and dramatic beauty looks would be her norm, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

For Carey, less was always more when it came to her glam, while her (very of-the-times) experiments with hair still hold up today. Ahead, click through for Mariah Carey's very best beauty looks from the '90s and early aughts.

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1990, Portrait Session

Natural curls, glowing skin, and brushed-up brows were all Carey relied on at the start of her career.

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1991, The 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

Keeping with her natural curls, Carey began to make a classic '90s brown lip and matching eye shadow her go-to glam.

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1993, Portrait Session

By '93, Carey began to straighten her hair with soft waves, while also experimenting with thinner brows.

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1993, American Music Awards

Volume, volume, volume was the key to Carey's AMA appearance in '93.

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1994, Autograph Signing

With more prominent, wispy curtain bangs, Carey worked with a half-up, half-down hair look.

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1996, Photocall

In true late-'90s fashion, Carey went for a bumped ponytail worn out in crimped texture.

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1997, Justin's Restaurant Grand Opening

A look straight out of 2020, Carey wore a half-up, half-down ponytail, along with face-framing, two tendril bangs.

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1998, Essence Awards

Carey returned to her classic natural curls with extra volume and honey highlights.

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1998, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards

In full glam mode, Carey took the Soul Awards red carpet with choppy layers and high-shine lip gloss.

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1999, Tower Records In-Store Appearance

For this in-store appearance, Carey wore laid-back braided pigtails tied together with thick, twisted ties.

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2000, Blockbuster Awards

The 2000s arrived, and so did Carey's middle part, face-framing layers, and her skinniest brows yet.

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2001, the Late Show with David Letterman

Carey gave full Farrah Fawcett vibes for this 2001 appearance, wearing her hair long, wavy, and feathered out with bangs to match.

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2001, Glitter Screening

With a nearly bare face, Carey's choppy, piecey bangs were the star of this look.

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