She started out as a young Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl and now, we've watched her grow into a mature (and extremely stylish) adult, wife and mother. There's no questioning that Blake Lively has one of the best hair/makeup/style games in Hollywood. And while her sun-drenched strands and permanent bronzed glow have prevailed as the two key components of her looks over the years, the young actress doesn't shy away from new trends, alternating between modern and vintage, and taking classic silhouettes and injecting them with contemporary touches.
Whether she's wearing a feminine summer dress, sophisticated jumpsuit, or a full-on Cinderella-inspired ensemble, Blake Lively is always the star of the red carpet as a result of her impeccable style and confidence. And as a cherished L'Oreal ambassador, we couldn't help but celebrate Blake's 29th birthday by taking a look back at some of her best fashion and beauty looks throughout the years.
BLAKE LIVELY, THE STAR OF THE RED CARPET
Everyone knows that when Blake Lively is set to make an appearance, she won't disappoint. Whether it's her flawless blonde locks, perfect skin, or killer sense of style, she is one actress who knows how to light up a red carpet – even if it's just by her presence!
And while we love her off-duty, everyday looks just as much as the next fan, it's her elegant red carpet ensembles that give us a serious case of envy. For her appearance at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Blake stunned her fans and everyone around her with looks that ranged from sophisticated and elegant to fun and flirty. She also showed us her ability to rock just about any hairstyle there is, opting for a sleek bun and red lip one day, and a tousled braid and beach-y waves the next.
Some of our personal favourite looks come from this year's Cannes Film Festival, where Blake showed us her soft spot for frills, trains, sequins and everything in-between. The blonde bombshell threw her own modern twist on the fairy-tale-inspired gowns with accessorized buns and sleek ponytails, making her the ultimate Queen of the red carpet.
...AND OFF THE RED CARPET
If there's one thing we love more than Blake Lively's red carpet style, it's her off-duty pregnancy style. For some, it may be difficult to stay on-trend with a baby bump, but of course, Blake always finds a way to turn her pregnancy style into a mainstream source of inspiration for us all.
During her appearances at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Blake was newly pregnant with her second child – but that didn't stop her from being one of the most stylish actresses there. She kept things exciting with a red and white striped dress (a look most pregnant woman would see as a major no-no!), and layered it with a vibrant red sequin overcoat adorned with 3D floral embellishments.
More recently, Blake was spotted on the streets of New York City rocking a fitted black midi dress and strappy heels that would make most pregnant women cringe. Our favourite part of her look? Her voluminous '80s-inspired curls that are still inspiring our fall 2016 hairstyles.
Happy birthday Blake!