Zooey Deschanel, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the 'New Girl' star.
Michelle Villett
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The beauty evolution of the 'New Girl' star.
Zooey Deschanel before and after

Recently, there's been a lot of speculation about whether Zooey Deschanel has had work done to her face. "We barely recognized Zooey Deschanel!" was The Huffington Post's click-bait headline after the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. 

And it is kind of surprising, given her status as an indie icon. If Zooey did go under the knife or needle, it sort of goes against the whole quirky-cute demeanour she's got going on. Do quirky girls get plastic surgery? 

Let's examine her beauty evolution over the years and find out what—if anything—has changed. Plus, it's SO interesting to see how she went from an early '00s blonde to finding her signature brunette-with-bangs style.

Zooey in 2001

Zooey Deschanel, Hannibal screening, 2001

Zooey Deschanel at a 2001 screening of 'Hannibal.'

Kicking things off is this pic of a 21-year-old Zooey. Nothing too dated here (except for the mustard yellow kerchief!). Her makeup is very simple and pretty. As for her nose, well, I think the next photo will convince you that she later changed it...

Zooey in 2003

Zooey Deschanel, Sundance Film Festival, 2003

Zooey Deschanel at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Surprise! Zooey is now blonde. It's not the best on her, is it? This is a great example of how blonde can happen when colourists see light eyes and fair skin. Unfortunately, it just washes her out and gives her skin a dull cast. The odd curls aren't helping, either. As for her nose, from this angle it looks wider and more bulbous than the one she has now.

Zooey in 2004

Zooey Deschanel, Independent Spirit Awards, 2004

Zooey Deschanel at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards.

The following year, Zooey was on the brunette train, thank goodness. This is actually pretty close to the look that has become her signature today. The bangs are here, although they're a bit short and clumping (as bangs are prone to do). But we'll see improvements on details like that as time goes on—with greater fame comes a better styling team!

Zooey in 2006

Zooey Deschanel, Winter Passing screening, 2006

Zooey Deschanel at a 2006 screening of 'Winter Passing.'

Now 26, Zooey started to rock a more definitive "indie girl" style, but more rock 'n' roll than quirky. I'm getting a bit of a Katy Perry vibe here—you? I feel like this type of haircut was very popular around that time, with the razored bangs and volume at the top tapering down to skinny ends. With heavy liner, her eyes really pop.

Zooey in 2007

Zooey Deschanel, Sci Fi Channel Upfront party, 2007

Zooey Deschanel at the 2007 Sci Fi Channel upfront party.

Here, she improved her fringe game. The bangs have been cut more thickly so they lie flatter to the head, and fall at the right spot, just below the brows. Somehow, she's grown more voluminous hair. Extensions?? Also notice how different Zooey looks without makeup. Her go-to liner and lashes really change her look. This is still the original nose.

Zooey in 2008

Zooey Deschanel, The Happening premiere, 2008

Zooey Deschanel at the 2008 premiere of 'The Happening.'

Look, a rare off-brand moment for Zooey's style. This feels a bit uncharacteristically beachy, don't you think? I can't picture her wearing these earrings or the coppery lipstick now, or her hair so textured and tousled. Still super-pretty though.

Zooey in 2009

Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer premiere, 2009

Zooey Deschanel at the 2009 premiere of '500 Days of Summer.'

I love this. Cute little bump at the crown with hair half back and the curtain of bangs. However, the lashes are a bit much. Can't tell what's happening with her nose, but I don't think she changed it... yet.

Zooey in 2010

Zooey Deschanel, Hollywood Style Awards, 2010

Zooey Deschanel at the 2010 Hollywood Style Awards.

See? Same nose. The bangs are thicker, and by now, she's getting in the habit of always doing something to emphasize the lash line. How incredible are her eyes?! But after this, I feel like her look changed slightly...

Zooey in 2011

Zooey Deschanel, GQ Men of the Year party, 2011

Zooey Deschanel at the 2011 GQ Men of the Year party.

Scroll up and then come back and look at this again. You have to admit, her nose looks different now. It's more petite and button-like. Are you seeing this? It could be the balance created by the dramatic lashes (which somehow look good on Zooey, but would be too over-the-top on anybody else)... but I don't think so.

Zooey Deschanel, TV Guide Hot List party, 2011

Zooey Deschanel at the 2011 TV Guide Hot List party.

Here's another shot from the same year. Again, I think you can see a touch more refinement around the tip. And some really overdone blush. Notice how her beauty styling is also getting better and better.

Zooey in 2012

Zooey Deschanel, Teen Choice Awards, 2012

Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

Here's the photo that actually got all the Internet whispers started. Often, little surgical changes celebs go through aren't picked up on because there hasn't been a big media event in a while. So possibly the rhinoplasty surgery happened sometime in 2010 or 2011, but nobody picked up on it until 2012. Other than that, 2012 was a big year for Zooey in terms of style refinement. Her hair looks amazingly smooth and shiny, the bangs finally fall perfectly and the eye makeup enhances without overwhelming her face. 

Zooey Deschanel, Fox All-Star party, 2012

Zooey Deschanel at the 2012 Fox All-Star party.

Here's another one from 2012. More adorableness—her hair and makeup look great. (The lipstick has worn off, is all.) Are you seeing the new button nose?

Zooey in 2013

Zooey Deschanel, Paleyfest, 2013

Zooey Deschanel at Paleyfest 2013.

The beauty looks keep getting better and better. I love her loose waves, softly parted bangs and the emphasis on the upper lashes.

Zooey in 2014

Zooey Deschanel, Fox All-Star party, 2014

Zooey Deschanel at the 2014 Fox All-Star party.

To match her A-list status, Zooey now has A-list hair. This is the shiniest and most perfect I've ever seen it. And look at how nicely those bangs fall! Her makeup is getting more subtle, with a lighter touch on the lashes and glossy red-orange lips. Notice how the upper one seems to have lost its 2012 volume.

Update: Zooey in 2015

Zooey Deschanel, Rock the Kasbah New York premiere, 2015

Zooey Deschanel at the 2015 premiere of 'Rock the Kasbah.'

Zooey had a baby only a few months before this photo, so if she looks a little tired, well, that's normal! I prefer her with a lighter brown hair colour, stronger bangs and a more defined upper lash line.

Update: Zooey in 2016

Zooey Deschanel, Trolls premiere, 2016

Zooey Deschanel at the 2016 premiere of 'Trolls.'

That's more like it! Now 36, Zooey looks fantastic. The hair is a shade lighter and warmer, which is more flattering with her complexion—as are the soft bangs and waves. Her makeup is subtle, with just enough definition around her eyes. Love!


Zooey Deschanel before and after

Zooey Deschanel in 2003 (left) and in 2014 (right).

I always assumed Zooey was all-natural. And I think she mostly is—but it looks to me like she had a minor refinement of her nose, along with a brief experimentation with lip fillers.

What do the pros say? According to Dr. Julian de Silva, a London-based cosmetic surgeon, Zooey now has a straight nose, narrowed bridge and shaped tip—all more refined and complimentary to her face compared to her nose in earlier photos. "Zooey Deschanel has a great looking nose," he says. "The fact it is difficult to tell whether she has had surgery is a good sign. I tell all my patients, 'If people you meet cannot tell you have had surgery, then we should consider this a success.'"

As for the lip injections, "her lips are more defined and accentuated," says Dr. Vincent Afsahi, a Newport Beach surgeon. "Overall, she looks good, not over the top. Very natural."

All in all, I think these changes have put even more focus on Zooey's pretty blue eyes, although it may have taken away a little of that uniqueness she had before. C'est la vie in Hollywood! What do you think?

How do you feel about Zooey's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?