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In The Devil Wears Prada it was Miranda Priestley's immaculately coiffed silver cut; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again brought on the fresh skin and long, tousled waves, and who could forget the sculpted glamour of Madeline Ashton in Death Becomes Her? There's no doubt that Meryl Streep, who turns 73 today, is a master at shapeshifting for her on-screen roles – physically and otherwise. 

As for her own off-screen beauty signature? She has always favored balance, often choosing to wear lighter, peachy tones to complement her fair skin tone while experimenting with darker colors around her eyes for definition.

Always working to shift the narrative when it comes to ageing in the film industry, Streep has financially supported screenwriting labs for women over 40 – the age at which many female actors have historically been written off by Hollywood as "too old." 

"I remember as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really," she told WSJ magazine in 2016. "And all the evidence of other 40-year-old women at that time – this is 27 years ago – would lead you to believe it was over." 

To celebrate her birthday, we're revisiting the icon's very best beauty looks from over the years.

1980

Image may contain Human Blonde Teen Kid Person Child Face Meryl Streep and SmileMichael Ochs Archives

1979

Image may contain Clothing Apparel Meryl Streep Human Person and SleeveJack Mitchell

2014

Image may contain Face Human Person Meryl Streep and DimplesWalter McBride

2021

Image may contain Clothing Apparel Meryl Streep Robe Fashion Human and PersonRaymond Hall

1976

Image may contain Face Human Person Meryl Streep Freckle and SkinJack Mitchell

2015

Image may contain Meryl Streep Human Person Accessories Accessory and FaceSteve Granitz

1983

Image may contain Clothing Apparel Human Person Karen Silkwood Coat and Lab CoatABC Photo Archives

2015

Image may contain Meryl Streep Glasses Accessories Accessory Human Person Necklace and JewelryBruce Glikas

2003

Image may contain Glasses Accessories Accessory Human Person Meryl Streep Clothing Apparel Jacket Coat and FaceJim Spellman

1980

Image may contain Face Human Person Meryl Streep Blonde Teen Kid Child Clothing and ApparelBachrach

2006

Image may contain Face Human Person Meryl Streep and HeadJ. Vespa

2012

Image may contain Meryl Streep Human Person Face and SkinJeff Vespa

1989

Image may contain Meryl Streep Face Human Person Necklace Jewelry Accessories Accessory Head Clothing and ApparelRon Galella

2010

Image may contain Meryl Streep Human Person Fashion Crowd Premiere and AudienceSteve Granitz

This story originally appeared on vogue.co.uk.

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