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Zendaya Is Back on the Red Carpet — and Her Glam Is Better Than Ever

Emily Turner
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We’re breaking down all the need-to-know details from her 2023 NAACP Image Awards and SAG Awards beauty looks.

We missed seeing Zendaya and her awe-inspiring looks on the red carpet. Luckily for us, this awards season she’s back in full force and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The NAACP Image Awards and SAG Awards red carpets at the end of February served as the backdrop for two major glam moments from the Euphoria actor that we simply adore.

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With a retro bouncy bouffant bob and a mod ’60s lash moment à la Twiggy, Zendaya exuded an air of Old Hollywood beauty that commanded our attention on both red carpets.

For the 54th NAACP Image Awards held on February 25, the twice-nominated actress wore two vintage ensembles from Versace (pictured above) and Prada. And her subtle soft glam was versatile enough to keep up with the costume change. The mood for this makeup look was nude — from her polished brows and a light wash of warm eyeshadow, to her brown-lined lips blended into a powdery pink matte pout using Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte lipstick in the shade “274 French Tea.

To complement her rosette-covered duchess pink Valentino dress at the SAG Awards the following night, Z upped the ante with a sugar-pink mod makeup look. On the eyes, Lancôme’s “Pink Pearls,” and “Filigree,”  Colour Design eyeshadows created a lustrous lid look, with an iridescent pop of shimmer at the inner corner to further liven up her glam. A lower lash line full of mascara-coated and pinched lashes added a Twiggy sort of flair to tie it all together. Over the cheeks, a swipe of a statement petal pink blush matching her lipstick caught our eye from every angle.

Makeup mastermind Raoúl Alejandre is the artist behind both of Zendaya’s jaw-dropping recent looks, but these two have been a dynamic beauty duo for years. Yes, we do still think about that wet-lid eyeshadow look he executed on the actress in 2021. You may also recognize his work on fellow Euphoria actress Alexa Demie, or in luxury beauty campaigns for Valentino and Lancôme. Rest assured that when Alejandre is responsible for Zendaya’s makeup, there will signatures like fresh skin, a pop of metallic, or a spider lash involved.

And you didn’t think we’d forget to break down her blowout bob, did you? For both events, a side-parted glossy bouffant styled by Tai Simon using OGX products — like their Silk Blowout Spray and Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse — added to the overall Old Hollywood appeal. When the actress first debuted her bob at a Euphoria reunion back in December 2022, we couldn’t wait to see how she would continue to style her new hairdo. And while knew she would always look like a dream because, well, she’s Zendaya, this cut and colour is proving to be one of her best looks yet.

It only takes one glance at this Emmy Award winner’s archive of red carpet moments (or her Instagram feed!) to determine that she is always up for trying new beauty looks. As a result, Zendaya keeps us on our toes wondering what she’ll do next with her hair and makeup. Be it a braided updo or a graphic liner moment, count on Zendaya to bring sheer glamour with an element of surprise to every red carpet she reigns over.

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