She may have gotten her start thanks to reality TV, but Lauren Conrad has come a long way from her Laguna Beach days. Lauren, who turns 28 today, has blossomed into a style star with a casual-cool look that everyone wants to copy. We're taking a look back at Lauren's beauty evolution, from her signature beachy waves to her golden-girl glow. Go ahead and steal a few of her looks for yourself.
— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards
Lauren was getting a taste of fame from her reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. For an appearance with the rest of the crew, she went with stick-straight hair that was pinned back at the crown.
At the MTV Movie Awards, Lauren showed off her penchant for waves. Back then she curled her hair toward her face for a look that's a little different from her signature après-beach style. And she hadn't quite discovered her signature cat eye yet.
The style star hit Barnes & Noble to sign her latest books: Sugar and Spice and Lauren Conrad Style Guide. She accented her white lace dress with an updo, face-framing tendrils, and a sparkling accessory. She went for soft makeup, but you can see her cat-eye eyeliner behind her voluminous lashes.
For her appearance at theVH1 Save the Music Foundation Gala, Lauren went with a side bun and a deep red lipstick to pair with her winged liner.
Spotted at CoverGirl's 50th anniversary party, the star changed up her signature blond mane for a brunette style. She paired the flattering rich hue with rosy cheeks, pink lips, and a touch of eyeliner — of course!
At Fashion's Night Out, Lauren was seen in her signature style: loose blond waves, natural makeup, and black cat eyeliner. Not a bad look, at all!
Lauren played with a curled faux bob style at a benefit. She went with a bright pink pout and flicked liner.
To promote her book The Fame Game, Lauren showed up in her signature makeup look but took some risks with her dip-dyed ponytail. The hot pink hue definitely turned heads.
Another Lauren signature is her voluminous topknot. She mastered the look at New York Fashion Week.
Lauren was busy with another book, Starstruck. For a signing, she wore her classic makeup paired with a playful high ponytail.
For the Kentucky Derby, Lauren played the role of spectator perfectly when she was spotted wearing this oversize hat and dainty frock.
Nobody does ombré quite like Lauren Conrad . And at the Malibu Rum Island Spiced launch party earlier this year, the star accentuated her multidimensional blond with a hot-pink lipstick.
For a classic LC look, go with winged liner, pink lips, softly bronzed cheeks, and an oversize topknot.
It's rare we see Lauren in bangs, but at the Young Hollywood Awards, the designer opted for this long and piecey fringed look.
At a Downy event last September, Lauren debuted a much lighter version of her go-to ombré style.
At the launch of her collaboration with BlueAvocado, Lauren opted for her signature ponytail, cat eye, and red manicure combination.