As a child star turned award-winning actor, musician, and producer, we’ve witnessed Selena Gomez grow up before our very eyes. We’ve been there for all her beauty transformations through the years, from the blunt bobs and bombshell waves to the metallic lids and thick kohl cat-eyes. While Gomez has served us trend-setting beauty inspiration for quite some time, the Rare Beauty founder is also a longtime advocate for embracing one’s natural beauty, often making the case with a series of fresh-faced looks and lightly-applied touchups. Her signature groomed brows, dewy skin, and neutral lips offer a flawless alternative to a heavy everyday look—especially in the heat of summer. However, Gomez is unafraid to make a fierce beauty statement when the event calls for it, with a swipe of coral lipstick or an inventive take on the traditional smokey eye to spice up her red carpet glam. Thanks to the Pantene ambassador, we’ve learned to never underestimate the power of a blow-dry. On the daily, Gomez’s enviable brunette tresses are usually loose in luscious layers or artfully arranged into an intricate bun.
Yet, one of the most important beauty lessons we’ve learned from the Hollywood A-lister is to find the joy in change. Not one to shy away from playing with colored contacts, experimenting with fun hair styles, or trying out new eye shadow palettes, Gomez is living proof that makeup is all about creative expression and doing what feels right for you. In honor of the starlet’s birthday today, July 22, scroll through the gallery above for her trendiest beauty moments during her journey under the spotlight.