When Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen step out at the CFDA Fashion awards tonight in honor of their Womenswear Designer of the Year nomination for The Row, they’ll no doubt be sporting the rumpled bohemian waves and glowing skin they’ve made their well-established signature. And while there’s no denying the sophistication of their present-day look, those who have been tracking the beauty trademarks of the Olsen sisters for the better part of three decades may find themselves
reflecting on an equally scene-stealing series of twinning moments.
The year was 1991, and ponytails hung high, bows were affixed to practically everything, and the sisters were first making a name for themselves playing Michelle Tanner on Full House. Over the next two decades, the twins grew up, grew out their bangs, and experimented together with ever-changing beauty statements on and off the screen.
There was that time when Mary-Kate became a brunette and broke the girls’ classic mirror-image look. Teens everywhere flat-ironed their hair to mimic the twins’ early-aughts center-parted style. And who could forget those revealing halter tops, Ashley’s piece-y crown braid, or Mary Kate’s scene-stealing red lip?
As they’ve built a successful fashion empire, the Olsens’ beauty looks have continued to spark seasonal trends—remember the half-bun craze of summer 2015? Year after year, Mary-Kate and Ashley have distinguished themselves as beauty and fashion icons. Here’s to seeing what they do next.