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Why Lauren Conrad Is and Will Always Be the Ultimate Summer Babe

Aug 12 2014 - 4:30am

Lauren Conrad may have gotten her start thanks to reality TV, but she has come a long way since her Laguna Beach days; she's writing young adult novels, starting her own brand for Kohl's, and launching the coolest website (The Beauty Department) — besides POPSUGAR Beauty, of course. Currently, she's known for her chic topknots, beach waves, golden-girl glow, and retro cat eyes. But she didn't always style her look like that [1]. So we honor one of our favorite Summer babes by capturing her top beauty red carpet moments through the years.

— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards

2005

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.

2006

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.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2011

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!

2011

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!

2011

Lauren played with a curled faux bob style at a benefit. She went with a bright pink pout and flicked liner.

2012

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.

2012

Another Lauren signature is her voluminous topknot. She mastered the look at New York Fashion Week.

2012

Lauren was busy with another book, Starstruck. For a signing, she wore her classic makeup paired with a playful high ponytail.

2013

For the Kentucky Derby, Lauren played the role of spectator perfectly when she was spotted wearing this oversize hat and dainty frock.

2013

Nobody does ombré quite like Lauren Conrad [2]. And at the Malibu Rum Island Spiced launch party earlier this year, the star accentuated her multidimensional blond with a hot-pink lipstick.

2013

For a classic LC look, go with winged liner, pink lips, softly bronzed cheeks, and an oversize topknot.

2013

It's rare we see Lauren in bangs, but at the Young Hollywood Awards, the designer opted for this long and piecey fringed look.

2013

At a Downy event last September, Lauren debuted a much lighter version of her go-to ombré style.

2013

At the launch of her collaboration with BlueAvocado, Lauren opted for her signature ponytail, cat eye, and red manicure combination.

2014

As a guest on Extra, Lauren paired a textured lob with ultraflattering peach blush.

2014

Lauren hosted a party for Malibu Island Spiced Rum at the Mondrian South Beach [3] Hotel sporting a bolder brow and a red manicure that popped against her blue dress.


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