Britney Spears' Beauty Evolution Will Make You Feel Old

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Britney Spears’ beauty look is one that appears unwavering: long blonde hair, nude lips, and smoky eyes seem to be woven into the woman’s DNA. But what some may not remember are the stylistic curveballs she’s thrown over the years — hair dyed darker shades of brown (and even jet black) or the occasional flirtation with bold lipstick.

What’s more, Spears has been a proponent of the lob long before it was everywhere on Instagram. It’s a style that she's worn time and again since her breakthrough years as a teen. (We know, because we took the cover art for "...Baby One More Time" to our hairstylist on more than one occasion.)

To see the full spectrum of Brit's best beauty looks, we’ve assembled a collection of favorites from her '90s-girl days to today. Do you like your Britney when she’s rocking wild curls or mermaid strands? Or are you still just trying to figure out how to get her smudgy bedroom eyes IRL? Check the images, ahead, and see how much the perennial pop star has evolved over the years. Get ready for lots of blue eyeliner.
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1999
As a baby pop star in January of 1999, Britney wore soft curls with her natural brown hair color. A simple, bejeweled headband takes us way back.
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1999
It wasn't long before Brit-Brit hit the peroxide — and the bottom of her bronzer pan. Her smoky-blue shadow makes its debut.
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1999
During her "Oops!...I Did It Again" Tour, Britney finds the beginning of her signature look: nude lips, peach-dusted cheeks, and bright blonde hair cut in piece-y layers.
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2000
Between Britney, Lizzie McGuire, and the Olsen twins, we're pretty sure every famous blonde had this cut in 2000.
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2000
With lavender eyeshadow that brings out the bling in her dress and plenty of blush, Britney is ready to hit the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party.
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2000
If anyone could make haphazardly crimped hair cool, it's Britney, bitch.
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2001
Minutes before balancing a python over her shoulders, Brit balanced loose waves, false lashes, and a drawn-out cat-eye on the MTV VMAs red carpet.
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2001
This look is one of our all-time favorites. Her layered hair, roots, and killer smoky eyes are something we'd try tomorrow.
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2002
The icy-blue liner is thoroughly 2002, but the overall look stays timeless thanks to her rosy cheeks and lips.
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2002
In a rare move, Britney tries Flashdance curls for a more youthful look at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards.
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2003
At the TRL Awards in 2003, the singer goes back to the lob — this time worn in piece-y, devil-may-care waves.
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2003
You might remember this as the VMA show when she kissed Madonna. But did you know she also wore the prettiest, sootiest streak of grey liner under her eyes? That's what we thought.
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2003
Britney pulls a Christina Aguilera and tries auburn extensions on for size.
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2003
After seeing this look at the American Music Awards, what school-aged beauty junkie didn’t want to replicate Britney’s smooth, center-parted hair, lit browbones, and touch of blue eyeliner?
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2004
Major lashes and an extended cat-eye give the sweet pop star major edge.
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2007
Hello, extensions. They were hot in 2007 and they're hot again now.
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2007
In a rare style move, the singer wears bright-red lipstick — a big departure from her usual nude.
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2010
Britney, is that you? Her ultra-dark hair might have been short-lived, but it's a career standout.
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2011
By the next year, Spears' hair was blonde (our scalps burn just thinking about it) and styled in tumbling curls.
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2011
It's rare to see Britney in a topknot, but paired with frosty-green shadow and pale-pink lips, the look is surprisingly fresh.
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2012
Britney went brighter and shorter with her hair this year, and pulled out her lavender shadow again — this time sweeping it on in a softer, more subdued shape.
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2012
And boom! There were bangs.
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2013
Britney starts edging over to the dark side again, pushing her blunt bangs into wispy side-fringe.
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2014
In a drastic color change, Britney tries auburn locks that fall away from her shoulders in big, loose curls.
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2014
As always, it's back to blonde. Britney tries a half-updo with Bardot-level teasing.
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2015
She's not a regular mom; she's a cool mom. The star rocks fun mermaid extensions at the MTV Video Music Awards, with sons Sean and Jayden (plus her niece, Lexie) in tow.
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2016
The singer swaps out her trusty nude lip for a more pale, '60s mod shade. The long, blonde waves are here to stay...for now.
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