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Olivia Wilde’s Beauty Evolution, From OC Blonde to Chic Auteur

Her best hair and makeup moments.

Olivia Wilde has undergone a huge career evolution since she first started out on TV as Marissa’s iconic girlfriend Alex on The O.C. Since then, she’s stared in films and been on Broadway. Now, Wilde is also a director with critically acclaimed Booksmart already under her belt and her next film Don’t Worry Darling (starring her boyfriend Harry Styles) set to release in September. She has definitely proven she has the range and poise to pull everything off in Hollywood. It also comes through in her beauty looks as she goes from paparazzi photos to the red carpet always looking effortlessly cool, with an ease to her breezy hair and often sharply-lined eyes.

Up ahead, let’s take a look some of Olivia Wilde’s best beauty moments so far.

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2004

Olivia sported surfer blonde hair, the same year she was featured on The O.C. (But never forget her character Alex also had a punk purple hair streak.)

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2006

A couple years later, she took her blonde strands darker to a rich brunette shade.

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2009

At the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards she went for a soft glam look with chocolate side swept curls.

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2011

By 2011 Olivia switched it up with blonde balayage and straight-across bangs.

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2012

In 2012 she’s back to full blonde—this time with voluminous layers and side bangs with a smoky eye at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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2013

Still with the side bangs here, Olivia opted for a retro bump hairdo and unexpected purple shadow.

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2016

For the 2016 Oscars, Olivia served elegance with her hair in a braided bun and a soft smoky eye.

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2018

A chic, wavy bob and slick liquid liner was a fun, flirty look for the 2018 Oscars Party.

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2020

In 2020 she attended the Critics Choice Awards wearing her hair in a twisted topknot and an intense cat eye.

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2020

Blonde and beachy once again, Olivia went totally glam with loose curls and a fierce bronze smoky eye

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2021

Keeping the glam understated with a full sequin Gucci dress, Olivia wore her sun-kissed brunette hair loosely tousled.

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2022

Olivia looks professional and powerful with her long brunette waves styled in a center part and an all-over glow.