Meghan Markle’s Beauty Evolution Will Give You Serious Hair Envy

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Over the years, the actor-activist-royal may have traded her beachy waves for sleek chignons, but her effortless elegance proves she’s a true California girl at heart. Take a look back at Meghan Markle’s beauty evolution, from red carpets to royal duties.

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When Suits catapulted her to fame in 2011, Markle’s signature long waves were dyed a coppery chestnut shade. She would soon go darker, but there’s no denying the fresh, youthful effect of her lighter locks.Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
Markle tends to gravitate toward natural makeup looks, but on a red carpet in 2012, she stepped out of her comfort zone with a purple smoky eye. Paired with long, fluttery lashes and a pink glossy lip, the star looked absolutely radiant.Michael Stewart/WireImage/Getty Images
Straight hair is a rarity for Markle, which is probably what makes this 2013 moment particularly jaw-dropping. Her long layers add dimension while a subtle pop of highlighter on her inner corners illuminates her makeup look.George Pimentel/WireImage/Getty Images
Unafraid of a whimsical moment, Meghan Markle’s loose side braid — paired with the fluffiest jacket — is at once casual and glamorous for a 2014 night out in New York City.Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Old Hollywood glamour will never go out of style, and this 2016 look is proof. Markle’s side-parted hair and deep red lip are chic, classic, and always flattering.Desiree Navarro/WireImage/Getty Images
Once she began dating Prince Harry, Markle was thrown into the spotlight in a totally new way. While at a sporting event with her future husband in 2017, she proved that soft waves and simple makeup are fit for a princess.Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
Meghan Markle’s 2018 bridal look was perfectly simple and subtle. Her barely there makeup let her natural beauty shine, while loose, face-framing pieces added a sweet, unexpected innocence to her sleek chignon hairstyle.Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
Just a few months after marrying Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was fulfilling royal duties in style. Despite her intricate fascinator, the Duchess’ gloriously bouncy waves are still the most eye-catching element of this ensemble.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
As a recently initiated British royal in 2019, Markle certainly looked the part in this sleek bun and pillbox hat. Her soft eyeliner, warm peachy blush, and coordinated coral lip don’t hurt, either.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
By 2021, Markle was marching to her own beat, combining elements of polished royal style with her own glamorous aesthetic. The juxtaposition of Markle’s soft, feminine updo and her dramatic eyeliner is enough to prove her beauty icon status.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
These days, things are looking pretty relaxed. Leave it to Meghan Markle to make a simple ponytail look this chic. Along with coral blush and fluttery lashes, this 2022 look is a masterclass in natural glam.Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images