Miley Cyrus' 10 Best Hair and Makeup Looks

The new face of MAC Viva Glam has had one of the biggest beauty transformations of all time.
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The new face of MAC Viva Glam has had one of the biggest beauty transformations of all time.

Miley Cyrus is so well-known for her short, platinum hair and daring fashion choices that it's easy to forget she had tons of different looks before that. The singer, actress and songwriter got her start in her teens as a clean-cut Disney kid before amping up her red carpet glam with hair extensions and long lashes. Now 21 years old, she's definitely going for an edgier persona these days—and so it makes total sense that MAC recently chose her as the newest spokesperson for Viva Glam.

Miley sure has come a long way! Come see what I mean with her top 10 hair and makeup looks so far:

1. Auburn Hair with Texture and Peach Cheeks

Miley Cyrus, Grammy Awards 2010

Miley Cyrus at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Can you even believe this is the same person?! Back in the day (age 18), Miley had extra-long hair extensions, and for a hot minute, this rich auburn colour, which makes her eyes pop like crazy. Makeup is a little heavy-handed, but I love how the warm blush echoes the tones in her hair.

2. Balayage Waves and Purple Smoky Eyes

Miley Cyrus, MuchMusic Video Awards 2010

Miley Cyrus at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.

Next, she ditched both the extensions and the red colour for this lovely mid-length cut and a not-quite-blonde, not-quite-brown hue (we'll just call it "bronde"). It's very Gisele in that the highlights look hand-painted (balayage) and are concentrated around the face. I think this is Miley's Life Colour, even though she's lucky and can get away with just about anything. Makeup-wise, while the inner corner highlighting is a bit extreme, I love the purple smoky eyes against the fresh skin texture and barely glossed lips. Such gorgeousness here.

3. Sleek Ponytail and Glossy Pink Lips

Miley Cyrus, American Giving Awards 2011

Miley Cyrus at the 2011 American Giving Awards.

This is the one and only time I've ever seen Miley in a ponytail, and a slicked-back one at that. Why she didn't do this more often when she had long hair is beyond me! She's pretty as a peach—beautiful hairline, dewy skin, darkened brows and the most amazing pink lip colour. I'm not even bothered by the false lashes.

4. Smooth Blowout, Pale Lips and Long Lashes

Miley Cyrus, Grammy Salute to Icons event, 2011

Miley Cyrus at the 2011 Grammy Salute to Icons event.

This look is more subdued, with Miley's hair blown out soft and smooth with lift at the roots. Again, I'm loving this bronde hair colour for her, and how well it flatters her skin tone and eye colour. Her skin looks super-plump and perfect here (no surprise for a 19-year-old!), and the combo of pale lips with defined lashes is SO nice.

5. Wavy Faux Bob with Red Lips

Miley Cyrus, Vanity Fair Oscar party 2012

Miley Cyrus at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party.

And here's where Miley starts to REALLY step things up. For this event, she went full Hollywood glam: big waves in a deep side part and faux bob, with black liquid liner and bright, creamy red lips. (Hair is more blondified, too.) I have to say... it all looks fantastic on her.

6. Straight, Mid-Length Hair with Pink Makeup

Miley Cyrus, Australians in Film Awards, 2012

Miley Cyrus at the 2012 Australians in Film Awards.

Now her hair started getting shorter, starting with this collarbone-grazing cut that's been dried in a smooth, side-parted blowout. I'm not sure this colour is the best for her (bit too brassy), but she looks so healthy and radiant here. Nice job on the darker brows and deep black lashes to define the eyes.

7. Wavy Ombré Lob and Pink Lips

Miley Cyrus, The Hunger Games premiere 2012

Miley Cyrus at the 2012 premiere of 'The Hunger Games'.

Then, during the peak of the Ombré trend, Miley darkened several inches of roots to achieve this two-toned look. Goodness, it's cute on her! I think the waves and the shorter length help make it work, as does her skin tone (which is quite versatile, pulling off both the warm and cool tones). Good call going even darker on the brows, and making the lips pop with pink.

8. Platinum on the Top with Red Lips and Black Liner

Miley Cyrus, Billboard Music Awards 2013

Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

Alas, the Ombré was short-lived because Miley soon traded it in for her now-signature platinum chop! This one here is my favourite short look for her—there's something that just works with the dark roots, dark brows and strong makeup on lips and eyes. It's punk meets pretty, and gives off major confidence.

9. Slicked-Back Hair and Green Eyeshadow

Miley Cyrus, Night of Stars gala, 2013

Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Night of Stars gala.

After her initial platinum-blondification, Miley rocked this toned-down colour, which she wore here slicked back off the face with lots of height. Paired with the sparkly green gown, it fakes the look of an evening updo, even though it's short hair. The real standout, however, is the pale green eyeshadow worn runway-style, as a wash all over the lids. Who knew Miley could look so refined?!

10. Platinum Crop and Fresh Skin

Miley Cyrus, Pre-Grammy gala, 2014

Miley Cyrus at the 2014 pre-Grammy gala.

Fast-forward to 2014 and Miley's got the platinum colour again, but this time, with matching sides and no roots to speak of. She's also been wearing her hair directed down and forward on the forehead (instead of back and up). Notice how she kept her brows dark... it's all about that contrast. She's also got ultra-fresh skin and is wearing less makeup than ever. It took a long time to get here, but I love her new au naturel vibe!

Have Your Say

Do you think Miley Cyrus is a good fit for MAC? Which of these looks is your favourite?