We’ve seen it over and over again on the big screen—an ugly duckling is transformed into a beautiful swan. Why does this formula always seem to click with movie-goers? Because everyone loves a good makeover! Here’s a round-up of our top picks of movie makeovers:

1. Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada

Who can forget the amazing transformation of Andy in this novel-turned-movie about an unstylish fresh grad who lands a job as the assistant of Miranda Priestly, the notoriously ruthless editor of Runway magazine. Andy spends the first part of this movie convinced that she doesn’t have to look the part to play the part. Things begin to change for her when she nearly gets fired, and she realizes that she badly needed style advice, loads of free designer clothes, and makeup magic from the mag's art director, Nigel.


Makeover tips we learned from this movie: When in doubt, go for classic red lips for evening events, and a little extra effort goes a long way.

2. Kim Chiu as Sandy Veloso in Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush Mo

Kim as Sandy starts this movie with seriously frizzy hair, unplucked and unshaped brows, and a unique take on fashion (think huge bows and mismatched, over-the-top clothes) but when her new boss, Alex (played by Xian Lim), realizes that his top employee needed an ego boost, he gives her his credit card and hooks her up with a stylist and a salon. The result? A gorgeous new Sandy!


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: Well-groomed brows  and hair that’s right for your frame and face shape can dramatically change how you look.

3. Rachael Leigh Cook as Laney Boggs in She’s All That

High school heartthrob Zach just got dumped and he makes a bet with his friends (including the late, great Paul Walker) that he can turn anyone into the Prom Queen. The friends choose the mousey bespectacled Laney, who gets made over with the help of Zach’s sister (played by Anna Paquin).


Makeover tips we learned from this movie: Ditch the glasses for contacts once in a while, and a sassy red dress can do wonders!

4. Cristine Reyes as Aica Tabayoyong and Anne Curtis as Zoe Tuazon in The Gifted

Zoe is rich, overweight and will do anything to get to the top, while Aica is a poor nerdy student with a bad case of  acne and crooked teeth. Both are gifted with extremely high IQ. Eventually, competition gets in the way of their friendship and they graduate bitter enemies. Both move on from high school and undergo drastic makeovers (even cosmetic surgery). When they meet again, trouble brews anew.


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: No makeover can ever cure an ugly heart. Real beauty comes from the inside.

5. Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill in Working Girl

Back in the 80s when this movie was shown, really big teased hair and blue eyeshadow were all the rage. When Tess, a smart but struggling secretary, gets an opportunity to further her career by pretending to be her boss, she realizes she needed to change her look. So she gets a makeunder–she cut her hair short and ditched the Aqua Net, mastered the no-makeup look, and picked simpler, more classic outfits.


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: When it comes to beauty, most of the time, less is more.

6. Bea Alonzo as Basha in One More Chance

Chances are you know this movie inside out. Basha and college sweetheart Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) were the perfect couple. They’d been together for many years when Basha starts to feel caged in, that maybe there is more to life than being part of this relationship. She breaks up with poor, heartbroken Popoy and sets out to build a new life. First task: go to the salon for a sassy, new haircut.


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: Want a big change? Cut your hair!

7. Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries

Shy and awkward Mia is thrown for a loop when she learns the shocking news that she's a real-life princess! Her grandmother, the Queen (played by Julie Andrews), acquires the services of a consultant to turn her into a real looker.


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: Accentuate the eyes with full, groomed brows, some eyeliner, and a swipe of mascara.

8. Kathryn Bernardo as Patchot in Must Be Love

Growing up in an all-male household, Patchot was always taught to dress and act like a guy. She was perfectly content with that until she starts developing feelings for her best friend, Ivan (played by Daniel Padilla). Things get more complicated when Patchot’s pretty cousin, Angel (played by Liza Soberano), visits and Ivan falls for her. Then Patchot gets a makeover and Ivan begins to see her in a different way, but by this time, he and Angel are already an item.


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: Dresses do make a difference.

9. Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman

Who hasn’t seen this 90s classic? Vivian is a prostitute working Hollywood Boulevard, and Edward (played by Richard Gere) is a rich and handsome businessman who gets lost driving to his hotel. He asks Vivian for directions, and ends up inviting her to spend the night. He enjoys her company so much that he asks her to stay the week to accompany him to some meetings and a polo match, no emotions involved. She agrees for the sum of $3,000 and unlimited access to his credit cards for clothes and shoes!


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: When in doubt, go for classic, expensive-looking (but not necessarily expensive) clothes!

10. Sandra Bullock as Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality

Who can forget tomboy FBI agent turned beauty queen Gracie Hart? When the Miss United States pageant gets a bomb threat, the FBI has to send an agent undercover as one of the contestants. Gracie reluctantly accepts the role but soon learns it takes a LOT to transform a tomboy into a believable beauty queen.


Makeover tip we learned from this movie: A good blowout can make you look va-va-voom.

PHOTO: Miramax Films

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