You know it’s Christmas when Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You starts playing on the radio. Or blares through shopping centre halls. Or is sung (badly) by festive buskers in street malls. It’s almost like that very song is the catalyst for Christmas. Those festive first few bars come on the car radio and instantly we think, it’s here! Time to start decking the halls, etc, etc.

Today, 25 years after its release, that very song is officially number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts for the first time, ever. Astounding, we know. So we thought we’d celebrate Mariah Carey – forever our Santa baby, chart-topper or not – with a collection of her greatest beauty hits over time. From baby-faced, perm-laden songstress to all-out pop prima donna; Mariah Carey’s beauty moments have featured just about every beauty trend from the 90s and 00s. From the over-plucked brows and body glitter of the 90s, to the deep perma-tan and bronzer situation of the 00s, she’s literally done it all when it comes to beauty.

Here, we round up her most iconic – and interesting – beauty moments through the ages. Because, all we want for Christmas is Mariah.

Fresh face + natural curl in the early 1990s
Hi there, baby face. Mariah’s early beauty began with what her mama gave her; barely-there skin and raked-out ringlets

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Platinum blonde extensions + pink gloss in the 00s
In the noughties, hair turned a much brighter shade of blonde, with Mariah rocking straightened, platinum blonde extensions and a baby pink gloss

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bare skin + mass of curls in the 90s
Those famed curls ran wild in the 90s, which Mariah accompanied with bare skin and a soft metallic lip

Mariah Carey during Mariah Carey File Photos, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

mermaid waves + bronzer at the 2006 Grammy Awards
When Mariah took home three Grammy’s in 2006, her beauty was equally as big; voluminous, waist-length mermaid waves and a lot of bronzer

Mariah Carey, winner of Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

plait pigtails, hair clip + body shimmer in 1999
What do you wear when your album is called ‘Glitter’? Plait pigtails, a cute hair clip and a lot of body glitter, of course

Mariah Carey (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Crimped half-up half-down ‘do + blow-waved bangs in 1996
A true glimpse at retro beauty – remember when crimped hair was a thing?

Mariah Carey Photocall – 1996, Mariah Carey (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

refined curls + pink blush in 2016
You’ve got to hand it to her, Mariah remains loyal to her beauty favourites; glossy pink lips, pink blush and perfect curls

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Permed up ‘do + dramatic smokey eye at the 1991 billboard music awards
The remnants of the 80s are evident here, with Mariah’s early 90s beauty riffing on the previous decade

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piecey pigtails + copper lids in 2002
Britney Spears is that you? Mariah has a Baby One More Time moment in 2002 with pigtails and copper makeup

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wiry curls + biscuit lip backstage in 1993
A picture perfect representation of 90s beauty right here; a wiry wet perm, brick red lip and pencil thin brows

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY, 1993: Singer Mariah Carey walks backstage during an event circa January, 1993 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

smooth blow-wave + deep side fringe in 1999
Mariah’s signature side fringe was impeccably glossy

Mariah Carey in 1999 (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

wedding day curls + clean skin at her first wedding in 1993
Changing out of her Very Wang gown into a white suit (how chic), her “Just Married” beauty was beautifully natural with luminous skin and those iconic wiry waves

Mariah Carey leaving her with to Tommy Mottola in 1993 (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

chocolate brown bangs at a 1994 chanel benefit
Clueless meets Chanel; just add a tweed twinset, miniature dog and Chanel shopping bag

American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey attends a Chanel fashion show benefit to raise funds for the New York Hospital, New York City, 1994. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

mermaid half-up hair + metallic lip at the 1996 annual American music awards
An I Dream of Jeannie ‘do with bangs, a chocolate smokey eye and metallic lip round out this stellar 90s beauty look

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 29: Singer Mariah Carey attends the 23rd Annual American Music Awards on January 29, 1996 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

body glitter + bouncy curls at the 1997 MTV video music awards
Mariah was wearing body glitter long before you, RiRi (even on her midriff)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 4: Singer Mariah Carey arrives before the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards on September 4, 1997 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

bouffant perm + nude lip at “Divas Live” in 1998
Of course it was all about very big hair and a bombshell pout for the “Divas Live” concert in New York

4/14/1998-New York, NY: Mariah Carey at “Divas Live,” an honors concert for “VH-1 Save the Music” at the Beacon Theater. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

layered blow wave + glossy lips in 1998
Riffing on the hairstyle of the decade, “The Rachel”, Mariah paired her textured, Aniston-esque blow-out with a peachy, glossed-up pout

Circa 1998: Headshot of American pop singer Mariah Carey smiling in a strapless top, New York City. (Photo by Victor Malafronte/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

ringtail curls + false lashes at the 1998 essence awards
A big set of fluttery lashes added to the mountain of tight corkscrew curls Mariah wore to the 1998 Essence Awards

Mariah Carey during 1998 Essence Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)

pulled back perm + brown smokey eye in 1998
Mariah pulled that iconic perm back off her face to reveal a sexy, smoked-out eye in hues of brown

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – OCTOBER 29: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – AUGUST 29 29: Mariah Carey performs during KMEL All Star Jam at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 29, 1998 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

old Hollywood waves + glitter lids at the 1999 academy awards
Just the thing for Hollywood’s night of night’s; old Hollywood hair, glittery eyes and diamonds, naturally

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 21: Singer Mariah Carey arrives before The 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

low pony with tendrils + glowing skin at the essence awards in 1999
As radiant as ever, Mariah teams her low-slung ponytail with two perfectly-placed tendrils, a nude lip and beautifully luminous skin

NEW YORK CITY – APRIL 30: Singer Mariah Carey attends the 12th Annual Essence Awards on April 30, 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

bombshell bouffant + creamy pink lip at a gala in 1991
it was all about her go-to smudged wing and a big, bombshell blow-out at a Spring Gala in 1991

Mariah Carey during The Fresh Air Fund’s Annual Spring Gala – June 3, 1999 at Tavern On The Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

flicked blow out + blush in 1999
At the end of this beauty Rainbow is a flick-y blow out and a generous sweeping blush

Mariah Carey during Mariah Carey “”Rainbow”” Album Signing at HMV at HMV Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)

Ironed-out ends + lip liner at the 10th annual billboard music awards in 1999
Long before GHDs, Mariah was ironing out her hair (probably with an actual iron, like us) and wearing a classic 90s beauty staple: lip liner

Mariah Carey during The 10th Annual Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)

high ponytail + pink gloss in 2005
Reliving her youth with a girly high ponytail, side fringe and pink gloss for Telegraph Magazine 

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