Lupita Nyong’o: Best Beauty Looks of 2018



The actress showed up and showed out for the Accessories Council ACE Awards on Monday, June 11, thanks in part to makeup artist Nick Barose. Starting with black eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line and smudging out with black eye shadow, Barose added mascara before hitting the lid with just a bit of orange as shadow. Then, using the dress as a color reference, he placed Swarovski crystals at the inner and outer corners of the actress’s eyes.

Lupita’s hair was (naturally) on point. She rocked Senegalese twists with some cornrows on the side, which were pulled into an updo and flourished with gold cuffs.

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Delicate Bling

For the Black Panther premiere in Seoul on February 5, Nyong’o turned out with a halo of kinks, adorned with a super delicate headband that looks like a series of thin gold chains. A soft smoky eye and a red lip rounded out the entire look.

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Business in the Front, Party in the Back

From the front, Nyong’o’s high bun looks sleek and sophisticated, complete with a gunmetal cuff. But when she turns to the side, you can see her closely-cropped shave, which gives the look some edge. Neutral eyes and a burgundy lip added even more polish to the already chic ensemble she wore to a Black Panther press junket on January 30.

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Mile-High Topknot

LOL, you didn’t think Nyong’o was going to the Black Panther premiere without adding another memorable hairstyle to the books, did you? Vernon François crafted this topknot on the actress, that seems to go on forever. A little gold wire brought some shine to the style, adding to the regal feel of it all.

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Making the Cut

So, not only is Lupita totally gorgeous, but she’s also super relatable. The actress shared a photo of her snipping and taking down her Senegalese twists herself (which is extremely time-consuming). Godspeed, sis, Godspeed.

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To the Side

The actress turned out to the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in this gorgeous updo hairstylist Vernon François created. The combination of Senegalese twists and feed-in braids on the side give the look an updated feel. Smoky eyes and a deep lip were the perfect pairings for the sultry style.

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Hangin’ Low

A low puff, seen here on the actress at the Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2018 fashion show, is an easy way to give a look some sophistication when you don’t want to fuss with your hair too much. Clean, neutral makeup was just the thing to go with the low-key glam vibe the hair was giving.

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Color My World

We know Nyong’o isn’t afraid to play with a little color. Of course, the hair she wore for the 2017 Met Gala was a delight, but we really love this rainbow eye shadow look she chose for the event.

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Faux Sho’

The actress turned out to Comic-Con rocking a gorgeous set of faux locs, styled into an updo with some loose tendrils on the side. Glowing skin and a neutral lip allowed her hair to take center stage.

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Low-Key Afro

Lupita let her texture do the talking during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, with this super sophisticated and polished T.W.A. — teeny-weeny Afro.

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Chained Melody

The actress hit the 2017 Peabody Awards with her TWA adorned with a gold chain.


Nyong’o kept the hair pretty low-key at the Los Angeles Jungle Book premiere in April 2016. She let her kinks flourish and pulled it all back with a headband, to let her gold lids and nude-pink lips take center stage.

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Wrapped Up

During her media tour for Disney’s Queen of Katwe film in October 2016, Nyong’o wore an array of colorful, elaborately-tied head wraps. Here, the actress played off a few of the colors in her headpiece with a greet cat eye and blue eye shadow run under the lash line. A spicy orange lip grounded the entire look.

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Swoop, There It Is

For the 2015 SAG Awards, Nyong’o went with an updo that combined a set of swooping cornrows and a crown braid encircling a glorious tuft of her 4c texture. Glossy red lips and an understated eye were just the thing to go with her elaborate style.

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Big Bun

At Cannes in 2015, a voluminous, textured bun, embellished headband, and purple pout complemented the actress’s Gucci gown.

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All Tied Up

For the Kenzo X H&M launch in October 2015, Nyong’o kept the makeup fresh and instead let her hairstyle (and outfit) do the talking. Her briaded updo was punctuated by some colorful ribbon woven into the look.

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Net Worth

For the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European premiere in December 2015, the actress went all-out futuristic with a netted pompadour and metallic blue lips.

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Twistin’ the Night Away

Sculptural twists sat atop the actress’s tapered cut at the MTV Movie Awards in April 2014. Slate gray metallic lids and a neutral lip paired well with Nyong’o’s otherwise colorful look.

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The actress’ 2014 Oscars look is one that we won’t soon forget. Her clean, tapered cut was uplifted by a thin, sparkly headband, while neutral makeup made for a timeless look.


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