Proof That Bella Thorne Was Destined to Be a Beauty Queen

We were shocked to hear that Bella Thorne turned 17 today. Can you believe it? The Disney starlet, singer, and model's beauty game is so on point that she's teaching us (well into our 20s) a thing or two. With a name like Bella, we shouldn't have expected anything less than gorgeousness. From her bevy of braids to tricked-out nails, see what we've learned from Bella — we guarantee it'll be obvious why she should be celebrating her hair and makeup prowess as well as her birthday.

Find your "red carpet face" early.
Getty | David Livingston

Find your "red carpet face" early.

At one of her first public appearances all the way back in 2008, Bella gave this coy-yet-impish smile that would become one of her go-to grins. Also, we'd totally wear those waves, that eyeliner, and her pink lip gloss today.

Funky hair is always fresh.
Getty | Gregg DeGuire

Funky hair is always fresh.

In 2009, Bella attended a Jonas Brothers concert with voluminous, crimped hair as the focal point of her style. She even added pink extensions for an extra pop of color.

Make a tame mane stand out with an accessory.
Getty | Charles Eshelman

Make a tame mane stand out with an accessory.

At a screening of Adam in 2009, Bella accented straight strands with a dainty bow barrette that matched her outfit.

It's never too early for braids.
Getty | Valerie Macon

It's never too early for braids.

Behold Bella's first braid spotting back in 2009! The look may be subtle, but that tiny plait paved the way for Bella to take bigger hairstyle risks.

Blondes (and redheads!) have more fun.
Getty | Dimitrios Kambouris

Blondes (and redheads!) have more fun.

Bella attended Super Saturday 12 in 2009 with blond locks and a tan instead of her signature red mane and fair complexion. While we're obsessed with her trademark shade, she rocked blond beautifully, too.

Rapunzel hair is a good thing.
Getty | Tommaso Boddi

Rapunzel hair is a good thing.

Bella appeared with long, lush locks at the 2011 launch of Pastry Shoe's Barbie collection. We also spy a few feather hair extensions (remember those?).

Nail art isn't just fun, it makes a style statement.
Getty | Imeh Akpanudosen

Nail art isn't just fun, it makes a style statement.

A few days before her birthday in 2012, Bella hit the red carpet with fun, girlie nail art that featured a gold "15" as well as a big, glittering bow. Awesome!

Try beauty looks that are outside of your comfort zone.
Getty | Jason Merritt

Try beauty looks that are outside of your comfort zone.

Bella usually sticks to pastel or bright hues on lips and eyes, but her deep, vampy pout at a 2013 Beyoncé concert looked so flawless that we wanted to see more of Bella's dramatic side. Also, whoever said redheads can't wear red lipstick clearly weren't talking about this stunning look.

Vintage glam is always appropriate.
Getty | Jim Spellman

Vintage glam is always appropriate.

Bella attended the premiere of Winter's Tale with lush lashes and an amped-up, retro crown.

Play with texture.
Getty | Kevin Winter

Play with texture.

On the red carpet for Divergent in 2014, Bella's long locks were accented with skinny braids that made us do a double take. The effect is soft, romantic, and a little bit edgy all at once.

Know how to accent your hair color with makeup.
Getty | Frazer Harrison

Know how to accent your hair color with makeup.

While most people know how to pick shadow that makes their eyes pop, Bella took it one step further at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards by selecting shimmering green hues that contrasted with her strands.

Transform your signature hairstyle into something unexpected.
Getty | Jason Merritt

Transform your signature hairstyle into something unexpected.

Bella's braids got a little wild in Los Angeles in 2014 with the addition of fabric wraps, extensions, and pieces. This look reminded us of the Chanel Fall 2014 runway show.

Never underestimate the power of a good blowout.
Getty | Jim Spellman

Never underestimate the power of a good blowout.

Bella may be known for her love of braids, but she proved at Fashion Rocks 2014 that loose, glossy waves can make a strong statement, too.

Make a beauty splash at Fashion Week.
Getty | Chelsea Lauren

Make a beauty splash at Fashion Week.

In the front row of the Jeremy Scott Spring 2015 show, Bella debuted the switch from strawberry blond strands to a much bolder, dramatic shade of red. The punky mohawk-esque three-strand braid turned heads, too.