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Taylor Swift’s Beauty Evolution, From Country Girl to A-List Icon

No one embraces a new era quite like Taylor.

Taylor Swift has always known that embracing a new time in her life also requires a new look. Throughout her different eras, including nine original studio albums and two re-recorded albums, we’ve seen her try out a multitude of different hair and makeup moods. Sometimes she sported long spiral ringlets and heavy lashes other times, a lob and red lips. Most recently, she’s been vibing with fluffy bangs and more minimal makeup. Taylor lyrics always come from the heart, but her beauty looks also help convey her mindset before she says anything at all.

To celebrate the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), let us retread some of her best beauty moments. Tap through to check out how Taylor’s red carpet looks have evolved since 2007.

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2007, Country Music Awards

When Taylor first came on the scene, she wore her hair in wild, curly ringlets.

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2008, Country Music Awards

The next year, Taylor’s curls were still strongly intact and she styled them with the trifecta of a side part, side bangs, and a side pony tail.

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2009, MTV Video Music Awards

For the memorable, 2008 “Imma Let You Finish” MTV VMAs, Taylor’s hair was smoothed into a sweet updo with curly tendrils. She also paired a bright red lips and a perfectly matched manicure.

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2010 American Music Awards

By 2010 Taylor’s tight curls were totally gone. At the American Music Awards she tried out a sleek, straight style with full blunt bangs.

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2011, Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Taylor leaned into old Hollywood style with a wavy faux bob and more importantly black liner and cherry red lipstick– elements that would become staples of her makeup style.

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2012, Grammy Awards

In a rare hair moment without bangs, Taylor wore an upswept bun and paired the hairstyle with soft eye makeup and peachy lipstick.

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2013, Grammy Awards

The next year the Grammys, Taylor wore her honey blonde hair in an intricate, braided updo with her strong signature cat-eye liner.

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2014, MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor chopped her hair into a shoulder grazing lob in 2014 and often wore the style in tousled waves. At the VMAs she also wore shimmery blue shadow and fuchsia lipstick to complement the playful vibe.

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2015, Grammy Awards

Taylor styled her lob almost completely straight with side bangs and matched her eye shadow to her aqua dress at the 2015 Grammys.

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2016, Met Gala

Many were shocked when Taylor chaired the Met Gala with punky platinum blonde hair and almost-black, aubergine lipstick.

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2018, Billboard Music Awards

In a return to form for Taylor, she wore her once again ashy blonde hair in a messy updo with rosy pink lipstick at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

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2019, Cats World Premiere

Taylor looks her most Taylor with eyelash-skimming bangs, winged liner and meticulous red lipstick.

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2020, Golden Globe Awards

In 2020, Taylor tried out a more mod makeup look with winged liner and extra wispy lashes on her upper and lower lashlines.

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2021, Grammy Awards

Feeling her Folklore and Evermore moment at this year’s Grammys, Taylor wore her richer dark-blonde-nearly-brown, hair in a cottagecore-inspired updo and sunkissed makeup.