Long before Lady Gaga became an Academy Award winner with style to match, Stefani Germanotta (yes, that’s her real name) was making headlines for her adventurous approach to fashion. But meat dresses, Kermit the Frog jackets, and sheer-lace bodysuits aside, it wasn’t just her theatrical ensembles that made her stand out – her beauty looks were just as wild and worthy of acknowledgment.
Remember when she braved bedazzled red eye makeup to match her red latex dress while meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2009? Or when her pearl-adorned face at the 2010 amfAR Gala was all anyone could talk about? Or when her bright-turquoise wig was front and center at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2011? Looking back, it feels like there’s nothing in the realm of hair and makeup that Lady Gaga didn’t experiment with – a far cry from the understated beauty looks she sported on the A Star Is Born press tour.
It’s this flair for the dramatic that made “Little Monsters” worldwide fall in love with her. Today, we’re joining them as they celebrate the popstar’s 34th birthday by taking a look back at some of her most memorable beauty looks from the past 11 years – eclectic, sophisticated, and downright bizarre included.