Lorde's Beauty Evolution Is The Stuff Of Vampy Dreams

Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.
We like to think of Lorde as the anti-pop star. Sure, she may be a mainstream figure with major record sales under her belt (and the Grammys to prove it) — and a lifelong membership to Taylor Swift’s squad of BFFs — but it’s her unconventional beauty game that exponentially ups the singer’s cool factor.

In the few years that she’s been in the public eye, Lorde has made gothic, deep-purple lipstick a must-try, served as a walking Pinterest board for curly haired girls (and those that want to be them), and inspired many a strong highlight.

But what we didn't quite realize was how much the singer’s signature look has evolved in the past year. Her dark statement lips have been swapped out for sweeter shades of peach and pink. Her matte skin has gone dewy. Her winged liner is now accompanied by lots of smoky shadow.

But don’t make us choose a favorite look. Her debut style will always have a place in our angsty hearts, but we're just as into the new soft side.

Check out the singer’s beauty evolution, ahead.
1 of 15
Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage.
2013

New to the biz, Lorde kept her makeup minimal with a low-key cat-eye.
Advertisement
2 of 15
Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images.
As her career picked up speed, so did her makeup game. Check out that sheer, berry lip.
3 of 15
Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.
Everything about this look is classic Lorde. Her effortless ringlets, goth-inspired lipstick, and ethereal highlight look as on-trend today as they did back in November of 2013.
4 of 15
Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.
Think of this as a summer version of Lorde’s signature look: a brighter shade of purple lipstick and flicked eyeliner are true to her style, but a little more playful.
5 of 15
Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage.
The singer steps outside her comfort zone a little more at the end of 2013, with straight hair pulled back in a sleek pony.
6 of 15
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.
2014

Was there ever a more fitting person to create a purple lip color with MAC? Here, she celebrates the shade with natural curls and a big smile.
Advertisement
7 of 15
Photo: Sonia Recchia/Getty Images.
Fact: Subtle, golden eyeshadow plays up blue eyes in a major way. But it’s the singer’s ombré purple lips that steal the show.
8 of 15
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.
2015

Don’t get us wrong, we love noir lips on Lorde. However, this ultra-bright candy-apple-red lipstick, especially when paired with dewy skin, gives the "Royals" singer a fresh vibe.
9 of 15
Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage.
Lorde leans into a softer look at a Chloé fashion show in March of last year, ditching her statement lip color for a peach shade that complements her glowing cheeks.
10 of 15
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.
Rather than playing up her lips, Lorde puts extra emphasis on her eyes at the 2015 Met Gala with a smoky look. It graduates from bright, highlighted inner corners to a graphic cat-eye in deep blue and brown.
11 of 15
Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic.
The singer keeps things simple and clean for the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. Wearing her hair in a sleek half-updo, she rounded out the minimalist look with soft pink lips and delicately-winged eyes.
Advertisement
12 of 15
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.
2016

The perfect thing to complement two-toned, shadowed eyes? A sultry stare to rival Marlene Dietrich’s.
13 of 15
Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.
Looking for a retro makeup look that still feels current? Bookmark this diffused look, which incorporates an ultra-blended smoky eyes in soft peachy tones.
14 of 15
Photo: Via @lordemusic/Instagram.
Lorde rang in her 20th birthday without her signature curls or winged liner. New look, who dis?
15 of 15
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!