Aside from the nominees and winners, awards season is always highly anticipated for the LEWKS. From the dress and suites to the hair and makeup, the internet is always buzzing with the best-of and worst-of the Red Carpet. Black women always come to slay during awards season, and these beauties had some of the freshest look this year. Take a trip down memory lane and get inspired. Issa Rae at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball We love the silver eyes and pink lip on Issa here. Topped with a full bun, the look is glamorous and chic.

Cardi B at the American Music Awards The floral vibes Cardi is giving scream springtime: colorful, flourishing, and vibrant. The bold red lip and floral headdress are an iconic glamourous moment.

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Kelly Rowland at Harper’s Bazaar ICON Party The sexy and sultry vibes on Kelly here are worth recreating on your own. From the smokey eye to the vamp lip, this is a perfect winter look.

Danai Gurira at the Black Panther Premiere Party The metallic purple lip and the shaved design in her head make for the edgiest red carpet look yet.

Tessa Thompson at the Sorry to Bother You Premiere Tessa’s rich smokey eye paired with dewy skin and long braids make the perfect girl-next-door-with-a-twist look.

Gabrielle Union at the Prada Fashion Show Gabby’s topknot, red lip, and bold brows make for a super sexy and cool look.

Sanaa Lathan at the ‘Nappily Ever After’ Premiere Sanaa rocks her glorious natural hair at the “Nappily Ever After” premiere- how fitting!

Tracee Ellis Ross at the Equality Now Gala We’re always here for a big hair moment from Tracee, but what makes this look super special is the sultry blue eye paired with the nude lip.

Yara Shadidi at the Toronto Film Festival From the hair to the bold red lip, this look on Yara is a glamorous twist on her usual bronzy and dewy looks.

Amber Riley at the ‘Nobody’s Fool’ Premiere Amber did not come to play on this red carpet, sporting long curly tresses that are softened by the half-up style.

Amandla Stenberg at the BFI London Film Festival We love the deep liner and ode to the 90s throwback braids on Amandla, making this look sweet but fierce.

Tika Sumpter at the ‘Nobody’s Fool’ Premiere The warm chocolate tones on Tika’s face make for a bright look that makes her glow.

Tiffany Haddish at the MTV Movie Awards She was most definitely ready with this long, tousled ponytail paired with a subtle smokey eye and nude lip.


Nicki Minaj at the Monse Fashion Show This red hair on Nicki was absolutely fire, and the matching bold red lip really took it to the next level.

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Angela Bassett at the ‘Avengers’ Premiere We love the golden bobby bins being used as an artful accessory, and the volume in Angela’s hair is giving us life.

Rihanna at the ‘Oceans 8’ Premiere Every look of Rihanna’s is a win, but we love this one: laid baby hairs, a rich vampy lip, a purple smokey eye and perfect brows.

Zendaya at the GQ Man of the Year Party This sleek slay from Zendaya features a slicked back hairstyle complete with bold eyeliner and nude lips.

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