When Cardi was the cutest kid ever:
Bardi wore her hair like any other girl in the world. Who else had to rock the ponytails with the decorated barrettes?
When Cardi's wig and setting powder were ... distracting:
Donning that signature wig, Cardi also paired it with a little too much setting powder. But really, who hasn't overbaked once or twice?
When Cardi made latex "a thing":
Who can forget that night of the infamous smoky eye and that pink latex coordinate set?
When Cardi famously "got a bag and fixed my teeth":
And nope, it wasn't cheap. Cardi, who faced relentless trolling about her teeth, got a full set of veneers in 2017. She was quick to remind us: "Hope you hoes know it ain't cheap."
When Cardi gave a shorter 'do a try:
As her career began to grow, her look began to change more and more. The usually long hair that we were used to seeing Cardi in was traded out for shorter locks.
When Cardi started to become a red-carpet fixture:
Out of nowhere in 2017, it seemed everyone was glued to red carpets just to see what Cardi would wear. In this case, at a BET awards ceremony, it was a high ponytail and silver eye shadow.
When she full-on embodied Cinderella:
Cardi was not only becoming a fashion icon but also a beauty icon at this point in 2018. With the help of her amazing glam squad, she quickly became the highlight of any and all major industry events.
When red hair became one of Cardi's signatures:
Cardi has elevated her red hair time and time again. This time, the red-hot mama donned a deep-red, bone-straight wig.
When Cardi had that pregnancy glow:
Cardi absolutely rocked pregnancy. And that maternity shoot was something to marvel at. The dramatic long black waves and fiery makeup made us wish we also had the pregnancy glow. Well, maybe minus the baby.
When Cardi solidified her stance as a beauty icon:
Her hair, makeup, and elaborate nails have been and always will be a hit. When we need beauty inspo, her Instagram is one of the first we turn to.