There are as many reasons why we’re fascinated by makeovers as there are great movie makeover scenes. As Clueless’ Dionne says of Cher (in perhaps the best one of all), a makeover “gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos.” But maybe the reason we love onscreen transformations isn’t that deep. Maybe we’re just holding on to the hope that all it takes to turn an insecure, overlooked ragamuffin into a celebrated, glamorous goddess is a pair of tweezers and a little elbow grease — and a rotating, computerized closet can’t hurt. Whatever it is that makes watching the “before” become the “after” so much fun, here are 13 of the best movie makeover scenes of all time for your viewing pleasure.
In one of the original on-screen transformations, Audrey Hepburn’s character Princess Ann gets a pixie crop to go incognito in Rome (and gets super short bangs way before Grimes was even born). The makeover had the opposite effect on the actress, making her a sensation overnight.
Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) take the “tragically unhip” Tai (Brittany Murphy) under their wings and transform her into a bona fide baby-tee-rocking 90s high school hottie in a scene that defined the midnight makeover sessions of an entire generation’s sleepovers.
After Julia Roberts’ character Vivian goes on a Rodeo Drive shopping spree in order to play the part of Richard Gere’s high-class girlfriend, she demonstrates the best part of a makeover — getting to watch the haters’ jaws drop. “Big mistake.”