The Beauty Evolution of Mimi
Mariah Carey has proven to be one of the most iconic vocalists of her time. She’s released 14 studio albums and headlined 10 concert tours… With a long and prosperous career under her belt, we thought we’d take a look at Mariah’s beauty evolution throughout the years.
Mariah released her first studio album, Mariah Carey, in 1990. The singer rocked teased out curls complete with very late-80’s/early-90’s bangs. Mariah kept her makeup simple, allowing her music to take the spotlight.
In 1991 Mariah released her second album, Emotions, and she showed up to the Billboard Music Awards in a pink ruched dress complete with large hoop earrings. We love her effortless curly up-do and the sultry brown/nude smokey eye. Side note: we are very happy that we don’t see nylon tights like that on the red carpet anymore!
This photo is the epitome of early-90’s Mariah Carey glam. This was the year that Mimi released her 3rd album, Music Box. We love her voluminous curls in that half-up-half-down style, and how iconic is that red dress she wore to the 1993 Grammy Awards?! Her makeup look is more subtle, with perfectly groomed brows and a glossy nude lip.
After the success of Mariah’s 4th album, Merry Christmas (1994), Mariah released Daydream in 1995. The close-up shot of Mariah on the album cover is stunning, of course, and we love how natural her makeup look is. Although it seems Mariah fell victim to the late 90’s trend of over-plucked eyebrows, we’ll forgive her because that windblown hair is giving us major diva vibes and we’re so here for it.
After the release of her 6th album, Butterfly, Mariah Carey showed up to the 1997 VMAs with a different hairstyle. This was one of the first few times we saw Mariah on a red carpet without her curly locks. Instead, she opted for a bouncy blow-out with curls at the bottom and completed her look with bronzer and nude lip gloss. It seems like Mimi rocked side bangs long before they were popular in the mid-2000s… talk about a trendsetter!
1999 was the year Mariah released her 7th album, Rainbow. She went to the Academy Awards rocking an old Hollywood glam look. Her makeup was natural and just look at how perfectly her hair was blown out! We’re not huge fans of that dress but we think her beauty look is pretty timeless.
In 2001 Mariah made her acting debut with the movie Glitter. She also released the Glitter Soundtrack. And seriously, is there anything more iconic than this movie poster? She’s the epitome of a Hollywood diva with that wind-blown hair and extra sparkly bling.
Mariah showed up to the 2003 Soul Train Music Awards in a floor-length denim skirt and crocheted crop top. She rocked her classic curly hair and her makeup was cute with a subtle smokey eye and glossy lips. That outfit on the other hand… no comment.
In 2005 Mariah blessed us with hit songs like “We Belong Together” on her 10th studio album, Emancipation of Mimi. At the 2005 AMAs she styled her blonde locks in beachy waves with a middle part. In true mid-2000s fashion, she was rocking a lot of bronzer and a glossy lip.
2008 was a big year for Mariah. In addition to releasing her 11th album, E=MC², she married actor and comedian Nick Cannon. The bride’s wedding look was classic Mariah Carey with long wavy hair, a peachy-nude lip, and plenty of blush. Although their marriage ultimately didn’t last, we love Mariah’s wedding look.
In 2009, Mariah debuted a slightly darker hair color; however, she stayed true to her classic look and styled her locks in voluminous curls. She also released her 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, featuring her iconic diss track ‘Obsessed’ which is allegedly about rapper Eminem. By this time Mariah was certainly doing well for herself, just look at all that bling on her arm!
This was the year the singer released her 13th album, Merry Christmas II You . Mariah changed up her hairstyle at the 2010 Golden Globe awards, rocking an elegant ponytail and bangs. She went with her signature soft, rosy makeup look and we think she looked as elegant as ever.
After giving birth to twins Morrocan and Monroe, Mariah made an appearance on The Rosie Show in November 2011. She was sporting shorter hair then usual and plenty of blush, of course. She added an extra hint of youthful color with some light pink eyeshadow.
A few years later Mariah released her 14th studio album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. She arrived at the 2014 Fresh Air Fund Honoring Our American Hero with blonder hair than we’d ever seen on her before. She went with her signature brownish-nude smokey eye but upped the drama with glamorous false eyelashes.
Mariah hit the 2016 UNICEF Ball red carpet with long, sleek blonde hair styled in a middle part and looked ah-mazing. She also rocked dramatic false eyelashes and youthful pink lip gloss.
Mariah Carey rang in the New Year with an… interesting… performance at Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Regardless of the performance mishap, the singer looked absolutely gorgeous. She sported long, wavy hair and bronze eyeshadow with subtle pink lipstick.
This year Mariah attended the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards looking as beautiful as ever. Her hair was slicked back into a ponytail with voluminous curls. She went with her standard makeup look, rocking blush, nude eyeshadow and glossy pink lips.
Mariah certainly has her signature makeup look figured out, from bronzer to a brown/nude smokey eye and pink lip gloss. But hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?