Beauty evolutions are always fun, but Taylor Swift's is a particular treat thanks to the iconic curls she started out with. Remember those? For years, long, sun-kissed ringlets were her signature—a symbolic connection to her country roots, often paired with breezy sundresses, cowboy boots, and a whole lot of glitter eye shadow.
But over the years, as Swift's music and career have evolved, so has her look. Over the past decade, she has gradually shed her Nashville-centric style. Who could forget 2012 (that was the Red album era, for you superfans), when she finally straightened her hair and transitioned into a red-lipped Tumblr girl? Since then she's chopped her hair, tossed the red lip, gone platinum, and back again. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.
The following timeline chronicles Swift's most memorable beauty moments. Click through to see how she has changed over the years (and enjoy some serious beauty inspiration along the way).
This post has been updated by Amanda Montell.
At one of Swift's earliest red carpet apperances, for the Country Music Association Awards in November of 2006, she went for deep side-parted curls with a serious smoky eye.
2009 was the first year Swift started to rock a semi-red lip, as she inched closer to making it a part of her beauty identity. Her 2009 version of it was still soft and girly, nothing like the femme fetale, crisp and clean hyper-defined red lips of later years.
In December 2009, Swift honored her curly roots for one of the last times (tears!), with a parted updo and face-framing tendrils.
2010 ushered in a new era for Swift, when she dramatically debuted a banged, super-straight new hair style that made it clear she was growing up in front of our eyes. One thing that hasn't changed since the beginning (straight through to today) is Swift's penchant for dramatic eye makeup.
In 2012, she experimented with wearing her hair in softer waves, paired with a sharp, matte red lip and one of our personal favorites: the smoky cat eye.
2013 was another year of beauty experimentation for Swift. Here she opted for a bubblegum pink lip and her hair pulled back with a fierce cat eye.
In one of our very favorite looks of hers to date, Swift went fully outside of her beauty comfort zone with tousled, mussy waves, bare lips, and bronze-gold cheeks and eyes. We also daresay Swift bares a striking resemblance to bestie Karlie Kloss in this smouldering look.
In February of 2014, Swift made a defining beauty decision and cut her hair into a bob that we've been loving ever since. At the Teen Choice Awards in August of that year she wore it with loose, unstudied texture along with her typical black feline eye makeup and a fresh watermelon lip—and looked cooler and sexier than ever.
At the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion show where she famously performed, Swift opted for classic glamor with a red lip and retro-inspired waves.
In February 2015, Swift shook things up and showed the world she can take a beauty risk. Looking like a total smoke show, she wore her hair hair slicked back with bare skin and lips.
Next Tay transitioned to side-swept lob and another iteration of her beloved smoky eye.
2016 welcomed a sleeker era. This blunt bob and subdued smokey eye from the Vanity Fair Oscar party gave us futuristic vibes.
Taylor's platinum debut was the hair color makeover of the year. She premiered it on Vogue's May 2016 cover and followed up with this punky look at the BMI Pop Awards.
Which brings us to the more neutral Taylor of today. What will be next? Only time will tell, but one thing's for certain, we're excited to see.
What was your favorite look of Swift's? Sound off in the comments!