Rihanna is known for her looks, style, and makeup as much as her singing abilities. Indeed, few young stars possess the ability to shift looks so dramatically and with such ease. With the snip of a scissor or a new lipstick shade we see a new side to the singer, and, as time passes, she becomes edgier, chicer, and more on trend. Let's take a look back at RiRi's beauty evolution, from her days as a cookie-cutter teen queen to her rock-star status now.
June 2006, CFDA Awards
Peachy lips, eyes, and cheeks may not have been a daring look, but it was cute and girlie, which is what her label preferred. They even wanted her to keep her long extensions in.
July 2006, the Today Show
Fresh-faced and cute, not even the bamboo earrings could give her some edge.
August 2007, Paper Magazine Party
Rihanna's hair may have been darker, but the long, loose waves and barely there makeup still made her indistinguishable from other up-and-comers.
September 2007, MTV Video Music Awards
The asymmetrical haircut that catapulted Rihanna into the beauty stratosphere. Razor sharp, with a blonde streak thrown in for good measure. It pains us to point out that her heavily powdered face appears to be five shades lighter than the rest of her body.
October 2007, Cipriani Wall Street Concert Series
RiRi's look was near perfect: Chic hair, nude lips, and gray eye shadow.
November 2007, World Music Awards
Here she taps into old-Hollywood glamour with exaggerated lashes, deep-red lips, and some spiral-curled hair.
February 2008, InStyle and Grammy Salute to Fashion
Her choppy cut and fuchsia lips were eye-catching, though the length of the bangs is distracting.
June 2008, Lighting the Empire State Building With Cartier
Her hair jewelry is distracting and even a bit young.
July 2008, MTV's TRL
Her makeup is pretty (bubble-gum-pink lips and perfectly separated lashes), but her hair reminds us of a mid-nineties Halle Berry.
September 2008, MTV Video Music Awards
One of our first glimpses of Rihanna as a glam, punk goddess. We love the relaxed, slightly tousled mohawk.
November 2008, UNICEF Snowflake Lighting
Rihanna channels a sixties Motown pompadour, by way of Little Richard. To balance out the statement hair, she kept her lips simple and used a slight brush of purple shadow in the crease.
Feb 2009, Verizon and BlackBerry Grammy Party
More hair in the face, but her smoky metallic eye makeup was amazing.
May 2009, Met Gala
Rihanna's first official red-carpet appearance after the Chris Brown fiasco. Her new hairstyle paired with her Dolce tux caused quite a stir.
May 2009, Derek Lam Store Opening
Even the coolest fashion editors and socialites gawked when RiRi made her entrance. Her bright-orange lips were cool, risky, and sexy.
May 2009, The Third Annual DKMS Gala
The updo returns, this time paired with the tried-and-true peachy makeup, which softens an otherwise severe look.
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