We admit it: we’re big fans of the Marvel universe. And the thing we’re the most excited about as Avengers: Age of Ultron gets ready to hit theatres on May 1? The promise of learning more about Natasha Romanoff, our favorite redheaded super-spy, played with steely determination (and humor, naturally) by Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlett has been one of our favorite actresses ever since she perfectly captured our teenage ennui in Ghost World, and she continues to impress with the fantastic, challenging roles that she takes (Don Jon, anyone?) and the political causes she supports. Though she’s known for her full lips and beautiful blonde hair, we know Scarlett as a bit of a beauty rebel who is totally unafraid to take risks with her hair and makeup. And though she’s taken MANY of those risks over the years, she always looks totally elegant and herself.
As we gear up for a summer of the Avengers (and Scarlett), how could we NOT award her the Woman Crush Wednesday crown? Let’s take a look back at some of her most memorable beauty moments!
Scarlett Johansson is as well-known for her fearless beauty looks as she is for her phenomenal talent. Let's take a look back at her most iconic hair and makeup moments!
At a party for The Horse Whisperer, 1998.
Though far from her first role, Scarlett's part in the Robert Redford-directed Horse Whisperer was her big breakthrough. We love her VERY late 90s front braids and minimal makeup (which, we'll be honest, we rocked ourselves back in the day) paired with a huge smile.
At the Ghost World premiere, 2001.
This was film that launched her career and made a million teenage girls fall in love with her, and this was the first time she attempted a retro-inspired hairstyle for a big event. This casually wavy style is effortless glam, and totally cool for a teenager on the red carpet.
At the Eight Legged Freaks premiere, 2002.
It's as if she could see into the future and know she was going to play redheaded superspy Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers. We love how this deep red shade shows off her perfect skin (and bonus points for the very cute nostril ring, too!).
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At the Independent Spirit Awards, 2003.
Ok, yes: this is a straight-up mullet. But we love a woman unafraid to take a chance with her hair, and we're obsessed with her super-dark smoky eyes. Very Debbie Harry.
At the Lost in Translation premiere, 2003.
This is when Scarlett made an interesting style transition: prior to this, she was hanging out with Paris Hilton and wearing bikini tops on the red carpet. But then Lost in Translation—her beyond big break—was released, and a star was born. Beautywise, her look became far less experimental and more classic: minimal makeup, very sleek hair. But that doesn't mean boring; the pop of pale gold eyeshadow at the inner corners makes this makeup really unique and interesting.
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At the Girl With A Peal Earring Times Gala Screening in London, 2003.
Here is when we begin to notice that Scarlett really has a preferred hairstyle: up and pulled back tightly, with volume and interest in the front. We suspect that she is more comfortable with short hair than long (and no shade, girl, we feel the same way). We also love the green eyeshadow; it takes a bold woman to match her gown to her eyes, and Scarlett is nothing if not bold.
At the Critic's Choice Awards, 2004.
Here we see a slightly more refined version of her 2001 retro-inspired hairstyle; we love the small curls framing her face and bright red lips. This is a perfect example of A Lot Of Look, but worn with a simple white outfit, it's perfection.
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At The Perfect Score premiere, 2004.
This knotted blonde fauxhawk is the perfect fun updo for a teen movie red carpet. Who says that cool hair isn't appropriate for fancy events?
At the Brit Awards, 2004.
Blue-green eyeliner with orange and gold eyeshadow, and pink lips. She looks like a gorgeous tropical fish. We say YES.
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At the Golden Globes, 2006.
Because Scarlett loves wearing her hair up so much, we admit that we get really excited when we see it worn down for events. These piecey curls are still our everything, and really update her signature peach-pink lip and bronze smoky eye.
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At the CFDA Fashion Awards, 2006.
With her hair dyed dark for her role in The Nanny Diaries, Scarlett's pink cheeks and minimal eyeshadow look gorgeous with glossy neon red lips. Also, how perfect is her skin? Just take that in for a second.
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At The Black Dahlia premiere.
Here we have another retro-inspired look. Though people didn't really love this hair at the time, we have always thought this giant beehive is EVERYTHING. We especially love it paired with pale pink lips and dramatic dark eyeshadow; hey, if you're going for a huge look, you may as well commit.
At the Premiere of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008.
This is proof that you don't need to stick to black and grey for a seriously dramatic eye look. Brown liner and bronze eyeshadow, combined with light cheek contouring and orange-red lipstick combine for perhaps her finest makeup look ever. The long Mary Pickford-esque curls combine to create a look that is retro, but not in a costumey way.
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At the Los Angeles Shorts Festival, 2009.
This deep-parted, beautifully curled style is not only perfect for a red carpet, but even as inspiration for a wedding. We also love the color she's rocking as she transitions from very dark auburn hair to her classic blonde shade; a medium strawberry blonde is a perfect way to do it without looking brassy.
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At the Oscars, 2011.
Talk about a bob we love! This amazingly textured, easily styled chin-length bob is basically our dream hairstyle. The fact that she wore it with such an elegant dress to an event like the Oscars makes us love her even more. Total rock n roll dream.
At the Hitchcock premiere, 2012.
We need to talk about this amazing dark lip color. Worn with her no-mascara eye makeup and deep parted, loosely waved dark blonde hair, this is pure vampy glamour.
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At The Under The Skin Pre-Premiere Dinner ,Toronto International Film Festival, 2013.
Under The Skin was one of the finest movies of Scarlett's career; this is one of our personal favorite looks. The baby pink lip gloss, long-lashed eye makeup and ash-blonde hair (with heaps of bounce at the ends) is very Barbie chic, and we are HERE for it.
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At the Late Show with David Letterman, 2014.
Brb, dying over this PERFECT icy blonde hair and amazing victory roll hairstyle.
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At the premiere of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014.
We think that Scarlett may be the best thing about the Marvel universe (sorry, Tom Hiddleston; you can still call us, though). We also love this warmer, deeper blonde with a slight ombre and natural, full brows.
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At the G'Day USA GALA, 2015.
We've mentioned that we've always thought Scarlett is more comfortable with short hair, and finally she's allowed to be great. We LOVE this stylish undercut with platinum bangs pushed back; total Tilda Swinton vibes.
At the Oscars, 2015.
Who says that super-short hair isn't totally chic? This is making us really want to reach for the clippers; unfortunately, even if we made our hair super-short, we still wouldn't have Scarlett's perfect face. Pushing very short hair straight back is a great way to get a sleek updo look, without actually needing the long hair usually required for an updo.
At the MTV Movie Awards, 2015.
Look at how happy she looks with this pink lipstick and short hair! Behold, the power of an amazing cut.
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