From Edward Scissorhands to Stranger Things: Winona Ryder's changing beauty looks

From Edward Scissorhands to Stranger Things: Winona Ryder's changing beauty looks

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Text: Renée Batchelor

We'll skip the Winona forever pun, but here's how the iconic actress has evolved from trendsetter to someone who's settled into a mature, polished look

Winona Ryder has long been due for a comeback, and with her role as frazzled single mother Joyce Byers in Stranger Things — that's her with co-star Millie Bobby Brown — she's arguably had her most recognisable part since Girl, Interrupted. But what we missed as much as her hauntingly expressive eyes and earnest acting was her hair and makeup, especially on the red carpet. From pixie cuts, to marcelled waves, to smoky eyes, here are some of her most memorable looks over the years.

At the premiere of Edward Scissorhands in 1990, she arrived arm-in-arm with one Johnny Depp, sporting a sleek dyed black bob and dark brows, that contrasted with her pale skin and red lips. This was the first sign that Ryder dared to be different from the hundreds of sunny and blonde actresses that were trending then.

Winona Ryder Edward Scissorhands premiereVINTAGE GLAMOUR
Known for her love of all things vintage, Ryder reportedly has been passed lots of clothes, accessories and other sartorial treasures from Hollywood style legend Audrey Hepburn. For her appearance at the 1996 Academy Awards, her marcelled waves paired with a vintage, sequinned flapper gown, was the hairdo that launched a thousand appreciative sighs. 

Winona Ryder Oscar 1996

With darker hair cut in a layered pixie 'do and punked up with product, plum-tone lips and a fabulous fur coat, Ryder seemed to be channelling a late 70s rock musician at The Crucible premiere later in 1996. 

Winona Ryder The Crucible
The Winona we all remember and aspired to be was an effortless (almost) ingenue. Here her minimal makeup and fuss-free hair shows off her perfect complexion, beautiful, pixie cut and heart-stopping, Edward Gorey eyes.

Winona Ryder Armani party

At the premiere of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan in 2010, where she had a small, but memorable role, Ryder's soft and romantic locks, smoky eyes and petal-soft skin are spot-on.

Winona Ryder Black Swan premiere

In Stranger Things, she plays the mother of two teenaged boys. Ryder, 44, seems to be embracing her sultrier side at the show's premiere with tousled, dark curls, smudged liner and tonnes of mascara. She is the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty after all.

Winona Ryder Stranger Things