Today is a special day—it’s the birthday of none other than the eyeliner-flicking, ponytail-flaunting, cat ear–donning Ariana Grande. And what better way to celebrate the pint-size songstress’s birth than with a deep dive into her beauty evolution? After all, the Ari we love today had to go through quite a few beauty transformations before she ended up at her current coquettish state. From red hair to berry lips, keep scrolling to see Ariana Grande’s beauty evolution!
With super-curly strands and black liner, Grande is practically unrecognizable in this snap from 2008.
We’re getting serious Little Mermaid vibes from this photo. This was the debut of Grande’s soon-to-be-recognizable red strands.
A year later, Grande debuted longer, purple-tinted strands paired with long lashes and a glossy lip.
Behold—the first appearance of the ponytail that would soon evolve to become her signature.
Grande took things down a notch with a low pony and steadily darkening strands, but her lashes and perfectly groomed brows stayed the same.
Copper shadow, a glossy taupe lip, and gold hoop earrings—this makeup look was very ’90s J.Lo, and we’re kind of into it.
No perky ponytail would be complete without a flowered, bejeweled headband, as Grande proved at the 2013 Radio Disney Music Awards. Her cat eye–and–nude lip combo was just starting to flourish at this time…
This look was quintessential Ari: big, bouncy pony; shimmery shadow; a flick of liner; and a matte taupe lip.
Just kidding! A few months later, Grande threw everyone for a loop by ditching her signature pony for sleek, super-straight strands. Was this a mark of a new beauty look for the songstress?
Nope. Grande arrived at this year’s Grammys with a ponytail firmly in place and a cat eye thicker than ever—and we’ll forever love her for it. (To copy her pinkish-nude lip, we suggest trying Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick ($32) in Bitch Perfect.) Long live the Grande pony!
Which of these is your favorite Ari beauty look? Sound off below!