Souzan Michael
March 22, 2019 7:07 am
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Not only is Lupita Nyong’o a force to be reckoned with on the big screen, but she’s constantly slaying looks on the red carpet, too. The actress burst onto the scene in 2013 with her debut role in the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years A Slave, and instantly wowed fans with her unique, bold, and always, always stunning style choices.

Since then, she’s regularly one of the most anticipated and exciting celebrities to watch on the red carpet at any event. And it’s not just her jaw-dropping fashion choices, as glamorous as they might be. Her love of makeup, in all its boldness and playfulness, always comes through. So much so that it caught the attention of Lancôme in 2014, when the brand made Nyong’o its new face.

Now, Nyong’o is starring in the horror film, Us, written and directed by Jordan Peele. To celebrate her first foray into the horror movie genre, we’re looking back at her beauty and style evolution through the years.

1May 2013

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A black jumpsuit and bold jewelry is always a safe but stunning choice.

2September 2013

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Wearing an intricate white gown at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of 12 Years A Slave, we can already see Nyong’o’s penchant for glamour.

3October 2013

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Pairing a bright dress with a bright lipstick is a look we’ll come to know and love the actress for.

4November 2013

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Stepping out in a rare mini dress moment, Nyong’o paired this tuxedo dress with bright purple lipstick.

5January 2014

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An iconic look for the actress, who paired a bright blue gown with equally bright blue eyeshadow and a pink lip.

6March 2014


We’ll always have a soft spot for this princess gown Nyong’o wore to the Oscars. Straight up Cinderella vibes.

7April 2014

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The glorious amount of color and texture involved in this look makes it hard to forget.

8February 2015

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This look (courtesy of Calvin Klein) was statuesque and unforgettable.

9December 2015

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What else would you wear to a Star Wars premiere?

10May 2016

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Who can forget this breathtaking gown from the 2016 Met Gala? (In case you forgot, the theme was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.’)

11September 2016

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Looking lovely in lavender, the actress topped off her gorgeous look with a bright coral lipstick, of course.

12December 2017


This seafoam green dress by British label Halpern was adorned with jewels and glitter for a layered, iridescent look.

13January 2018

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It’s rare to see Nyong’o in a crop top, so this look was super fun, youthful, and refreshing.

14January 2018


So good. So regal. This red carpet look was one for the books.

15February 2018

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We love that the actress lets her hair and makeup steal the spotlight when donning a more understated gown.

16March 2018

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Remember when Lupita Nyong’o went to the Oscars looking like an Oscar? Iconic.

17March 2018

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This beaded, low-cut gown lives forever in our hearts.

18November 2018

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Debuting a new ‘do, Nyong’o attended the 7th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in a low-cut gold confection.

19November 2018

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Impossibly chic in a crisp white pantsuit.

20January 2019

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Debuting new braids and the most “business on top, party on the bottom” look we’ve ever seen might just be our favorite Lupita look of all time. Really.

21March 2019

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Either the creepy contacts or this gorg fuchsia look is giving us heart palpitations (possibly both?).

22March 2019

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We’re obsessed with this bold pattern and afro puff combo.

23March 2019

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At the premiere for Us, this spiked, clear PVC outfit from Balmain is killer glam at its finest.