Kate Middleton’s Beauty Evolution Is A Lookbook Of Effortlessly Glam Hairstyles

Talk about crowning glory.

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Over the years, the world watched Kate Middleton blossom from young college student to the regal queen-to-be she is today, with countless chic hairstyles along the way. Kate Middleton’s beauty evolution doubles as a guide to effortlessly glam hair and the best Y2K beauty trends — now that’s range.

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Graduating from the university where she met her future husband, young Kate Middleton looks polished in classic side bangs, a subtle side part, and minimal, fresh-faced makeup — ideal for the elegant 2005 ceremony. Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage/Getty Images
Cutting loose at a roller disco-themed party night, a 2007-era Kate Middleton reflected the biggest beauty trends of the day with a deep spray tan and bright-blushed cheeks.Johnny Green - PA Images/PA Images/Getty Images
The flipped-in ends look was a popular one in the mid-2000s, and Kate Middleton was a documented fan. The hairstyle would come back en vogue approximately 15 years later, popularized on TikTok and Instagram.Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images
Just a few years before her own royal nuptials, Kate Middleton’s 2008 wedding guest look featured Y2K-era spiral curls, subtle touches of blue eye makeup, and a feathered fascinator headpiece.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Five years after graduating from St. Andrews, the college sweethearts made it official by announcing their royal engagement to the press. For the monumental occasion, Kate Middleton went for a very glossy side part with densely curled ends and a muted pink nail polish.Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
Kate Middleton’s wedding makeup and hair were tasked with looking fresh and feminine in-person while still standing out on camera — 162 million people were tuning in, after all. Her Bobbi Brown makeup, which Middleton applied herself, included lipstick in shade Sandwash Pink.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Post-wedding, Kate Middleton mixed up her signature bouncy blowout by adding a pair of long “bottleneck bangs” in 2012. The popular bang trend — which counts plenty of other celebrity fans — is so named for its signature tapering which helps them seamlessly blend with the other layers.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
On the heels of the birth of her second child, Charlotte, Kate Middleton’s home-from-the-hospital look included a slightly off-center part with plenty of teased volume at the crown for a retro look reminiscent of a ‘60s starlet.Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Now several years into her royal tenure, Kate Middleton went for a minor haircut that made a big difference. Often accessorizing her brunette waves with headbands, bows, and clips, the headpieces help mix up her look and add an exciting element to her always-coordinated outfits.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Though dramatic rumors swirl now, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle were all smiles at Wimbledon 2018. While Middleton opted for her usual polished blowout in a deep, rich brown, Markle swept her own waves back into a loose, casually-glam bun with plenty of free-flowing tendrils.Nic Bothma - PA Images/PA Images/Getty Images
Kate Middleton started really shaking things up at the start of the new decade, experimenting with hairstyles and makeup colors fit for Hollywood royalty. At a 2021 premiere, she went for tight, ‘70s-style curls with a bright coral blush-lipstick combo that looked right at home on the red carpet.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Later that year, she’d step out in another (relatively) extreme look, featuring an intricate updo and bronzed cheeks. Her always-neat brows were fluffed up — even Kate Middleton loves a TikTok-approved trend, it seems — while plenty of dewy highlighter illuminated her complexion.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
2022 has been a whirlwind year for Kate Middleton, and her hairstyles and makeup reflect it. Mixing it up more than ever, the Top Gun film premiere even convinced her to ditch her favorite side part in favor of a sleek, trendy center part that gave way to long, straightened hair. Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images