16 times Zendaya proved she was an absolute beauty icon
The girl gets it right every damn time
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / December 14 2021
In addition to her status as 'coolest person on the planet' (don't debate us, you know it's true), Zendaya also happens to really know her way around a red carpet beauty look.
Blessed with one of the best sets of brows our generation has seen, skin one could only describe as 'gleaming', and the ability to showcase beautiful braids one day and sleek strands the next, she isn't afraid to experiment, and yet also always nails the beauty game. Very impressive.
So, to fuel the obsession (both yours and ours), here are 16 hair and makeup moments that cemented her beauty icon status.
With wet-look wavy tresses and neutral honey tones on eyes and lips, Zendaya even manages to make 'subtle' striking as hell.
This rich ruby hair hue was perfection on her, making her gorgeous skin and brown eyes pop like nobody's business. Bonus points for the Old Hollywood waves, too.
Zendaya and the Met Gala are obviously a match made in hair and makeup heaven - this envy-inducing afro and flaming orange-red lip duo was downright divine.
The only thing we're more enamoured by than this glitzy pink shadow wing? The Rapunzel-esque braids she's paired with it.
Another reason why we consider her the ultimate 'colour chameleon', Zendaya's purple shadow perfectly matched her evening gown aesthetic.
The curls, the bangs, the lashes - add a little pink lip gloss and it's everything we've ever loved rolled into one stellar style moment.
Swapping edgy for classic, Zendaya pulled her glossy bob back with a black ribbon, allowing her ridiculously flawless skin to take centre stage.
Opting for a darker shade and a sharper chop than usual, Zendaya put her own modern spin on the iconic Pulp Fiction 'do.
Razor-sharp cat-eye shadow? Check. Sleek, smooth, straight strands that look like literal silk? Check. Best brows of all time? Triple check.
Even an icon like Zendaya knows the age-old power of the holy beauty trinity: a cheekbone-enhancing top knot, winged liner and a slick of red lippy.
Taking cues from an iconic cartoon character (Lola Bunny, whom she voices in the new Space Jam 2 flick), Zendaya shared a snap of her premiere vibe alongside the caption "Lola inspired look tonight. I don't have the ears but a ponytail is close enough lol."
Nude makeup never looked so new; a chocolate smokey eye is entirely fresh with chunky lower lashes and iridescent champagne lids. And the hair; sleek perfection without completely eliminating her natural texture.
Any hair look that demands 'main character' status in a beauty moment that includes purple shimmery eyeliner is one that deserves to be celebrated. This may just be our fave Zendaya serve ever.
Mermaid hair just become our goal all over again. Zendaya's hip-grazing curls are no doubt the standout, but let's also give that natural makeup a mention for being just enough without taking away from the main event.
To celebrate the opening of the highly anticipated film adaptation of Dune, Zendaya went all out, sculpting her hair into an elaborate updo with a deep side-part. The pièce de résistance, however, was the pink and lilac intergalactic-themed eye makeup she paired it with. If this is what beauty looks like in the far reaches of space – we want in.
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Zendaya treated Marvel fans (and boyfriend Tom Holland) to an exquisitely executed red carpet look at the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere in Los Angeles. The 25-year-old wore waist-grazing cornrows, while her makeup was centered around her almond-shaped brown eyes. The actress delved into floating liner territory with a metallic electric blue shade that also framed her lower lash line, and an unexpected pop of white at the outer corners angled attention towards her teardrop diamond earrings. Divine.
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