You Won't Believe How Much Cara Delevingne Has Changed Over The Years

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Cara Delevingne's beauty evolution is as bold as her brows. While she's fairly new to the red carpet — she made her film debut in 2012's Anna Karenina — she's made up for lost time in a big way. Specifically, her ability to pivot from old-Hollywood waves to disco-inspired eyes to '90s throwback lips and beyond with ease. All while keeping her enviable arches front and center, naturally.
As an up-and-coming British fashion model back in 2010, Delevingne's go-to look included a subtly smoky eye and free-flowing blonde locks, but that has since given way to a parade of experimental beauty looks. Red lips? Mastered. Smoky eyes? Child's play. Cobalt-blue liner? Executed perfectly.
Despite being widely recognized in the beauty sphere for her look-at-me brows, we'll show that there are many more reasons to appreciate the British beauty’s dazzling evolution. Her best looks through the years, ahead.
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A fresh-faced Delevingne graced the red carpet at a party in Paris in September 2010, showing off her then-signature look: heavily lined eyes and straight hair. Of course, the international brow envy was already brewing...
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In June of 2011, she showed her festival-loving spirit, sporting what appear to be air-dried waves and no-makeup makeup to match.
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In September of that year, she traded her heavy liner for a bronze smoky eye with dense, heavy mascara. Friday night beauty inspo? Yes, please.
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Stepping away from her go-to nude lip, this bright-red shade takes center stage. The secret to the look? Just a hint of highlighter on the skin to make everything shine.
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In one of our favorite summer looks, Delevingne embodies a bronzed goddess with golden eyeshadow and incandescent skin at the premiere of Anna Karenina in September 2012. This beauty flashback is gilded perfection.
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Delevingne sported the ultimate glam-grunge red-carpet look at the 2013 Met Ball: inky liner smudged to perfection and a slicked-back side braid.
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While a red lip and smoky eye together are commonplace on the red carpet today, this was a very bold look at the time. This 2013 Cannes Film Festival look showcased smoldering, heavily smudged, smoky eye with crimson lips and nails. Full glam — and we love it.
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At the 2013 BAFTA Tea Party, Delevingne showed the ultimate cool-girl Cara, courtesy of a smudged cat-eye and a messy side pony.
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Flash forward to 2015 and Delevingne is playing on the dark(er) side with her 'do...
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Delevingne gives '50s-inspired glam a whole new meaning with her deep side part, hairpin waves, and red lips in 2015.
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At the 2015 BRIT Awards, the ever-stylish Delevingne sported beachy waves under her wide-brimmed hat. Her sultry, dark eye makeup added to the model’s grunge-inspired beauty statement.
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A vision in plum — Delevingne opted for a slicked-back ponytail with a deep side part and minimalist makeup for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, a look that was equal parts romantic and edgy.
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At the 2015 Met Ball, she rocked a multitude of faux body tattoos and a deeply lined eye — dark and vampy has never looked cooler.
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With brows like those, why not let them take all the glory in a simple look?
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Delevingne swapped her dark, smudged shadow for a burnt-orange hue at the Australian Premiere of Paper Towns in 2015.
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A rich, red lip transforms this look — and takes only seconds to achieve.
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Experimenting again, this skinny part braid looked rad at the MTV Movie Awards in April. Meanwhile, the dark, matte lip brought edge to the look.
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This girl certainly knows how to drop the mic — in more ways than one. The model turned actress proudly displayed her fresh, new lob at the Comic-Con Convention in San Diego.
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This bright, cobalt liner paired perfectly with the star’s cable-knit sweater at the July 23 Suicide Squad signing at Comic-Con.
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Delevingne continued to impress fans that same weekend, sporting a center part and slightly undone space buns.
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This masterful cat-eye could only be made better with the addition of a sky-high pony, courtesy of Jen Atkin — she was so obsessed, she revealed the look on her personal Instagram.
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At the world premiere of Suicide Squad in August 2016, the model donned Hollywood-glam waves, a rosy red lip, and the sparkliest silver shadow we’ve ever seen.
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By the time her press tour was over for Suicide Squad, Delevingne returned to New York City in November donning a brighter shade of cream-soda blonde.
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Fast forward to March: Delevingne arrived at the Chanel show in Paris rocking a shorter platinum bob.
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Just a few months later, the star ditched her hair altogether to a fully-shaven buzz for her role alongside Jaden Smith in Life In A Year. Soon enough, she had temporarily covered her bare scalp in silver paint for 2017's Met Gala.
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For a moment, Delevingne kept her newly-shaved head its natural shade of brunette — but only for a month.
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By the time Delevingne arrived in Paris to attend the launch of Dior's newest exhibition in July, the actress had dyed her growing buzzcut back to an icy blond.
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That same month, Delevingne debuted what many would say was the pièce de résistance of the press tour for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. It might not be a live bird, but the silk headband and set of faux bangs stole the spotlight at the European premiere of her sci-fi film.
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Just six short months after going rogue with her style, Delevingne let her hair grow out to a shaggy pixie. What's more, she dyed it back to a warmer shade of brown — a color she hadn't rocked in over three years.
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In case you thought Delevingne would just continue to grow her hair out naturally, think again: She went ahead and bleached it instead for a perfectly stark-white look.
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For the 2018 Met Gala, Delevingne took monochromatic hair and makeup to a new level. Sure, her brows were painted gold, but those pink highlights were identical to her blotted lip. Sadly, this color transformation was only temporary: Her hairstylist Mara Roszak swept on Joico Color Butter, a semi-permanent color that only lasts a few washes.
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...and back to blonde she goes. Delevingne debuted a freshly bleached pixie just two weeks after temporarily dyeing it pink.
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In September 2018, Delevingne returned to the runway for Paris Fashion Week sporting an end-of-summer glow and noticeably darker roots for the first time in months.
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Delevingne loves to show up to the Met Gala with a drastic hair change in tow. In 2019, she walked the red carpet with a new bronde hair color and a ponytail so long it could rival Ariana Grande’s.
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A month later, the model and activist attended the TrevorLIVE Gala in New York, where she debuted a blunt lob. As much as we loved the mid-length look, her speech — featuring a subtle dedication to her rumored fiancée Ashley Benson — undoubtedly stole the show.

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