Variations on an Elegant Theme: Rooney Mara’s Signature Hair and Makeup Is Always Changing

There’s a pattern to Rooney Mara’s beauty looks: dark hair in an elegant style, porcelain skin, and a deep red lip. But within that space, there’s so much variety. Here, some of Mara’s outstanding looks from the red carpets of the Oscars, where she was nominated for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Carol, to the premiere of her latest film Lion, out this weekend.

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Attending the premiere of her breakout film A Nightmare on Elm Street in 2010, actress Rooney Mara wore her hair in a softly tousled braid swept back with an embellished headband.

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At the The Girl on With the Dragon Tattoo premiere in 2011, Mara wore her dark hair in a sleek side part with a natural face and a red lip.

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Mara stunned at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012, where she received her first Oscar nomination for her leading role in The Girl on With the Dragon Tattoo, with blunt bangs, a natural smoky eye and a red lip.

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Opting for a sleek half-up, half-down do, Mara had a softer look at the Ain’t Them Bodies Saints screening in 2013.

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Keeping it au natural at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2014, Mara arrives fresh faced with a subtle red velvet lip and her light brown locks in a tousled up do.

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Mara looked dark and sultry at the Maison Cartier Celebrates 100th Anniversary Party in 2014 with bold brows, a bronzed glow and a dark berry lip.

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Attending the 8th Annual Museum Of Modern Art Film Benefit in 2015, Mara elevates her classic up do with a twist, rosy cheeks and a dark red lip.

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Mara lets her locks down in classic slicked back do with a neutral smoky eye at the premiere of Pan in 2015.

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At the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Mara plays up her up do with a faux side bang, creamy skin and a glossy lip.

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Staying true to her classic style of a sleek up do, a neutral eye and a red lip, Mara glows at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in 2016 where she received her second Oscar nomination for her role in Carol.