In 2019 they hit the red carpet with creative takes on traditional braids, unique geometric eye makeup, bold colors that stand out most on melanin-rich skin, and a slew of other special event beauty looks that inspired people of all backgrounds to take their looks to the next level.
Whether it was a red carpet, pink carpet, or even blue, these ladies shut it down with their undeniable beauty in 2019. And as we enter into a brand new decade, we expect another 10 years of jaw-dropping hair and makeup moments from them.
There were so many more ladies who wowed us this year in beauty but we couldn’t name them all. Who were some your favorite red carpet slay belles of 2019?
Slay Belles 2019: Zendaya
Zendaya is a slayer in every way and she slaughtered the red carpet when it came to best in hair and makeup throughout the year.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Zendaya attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Slay Belles: Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett is the baddest and she continues to bring it to the red carpet, lest we ever attempt to forget.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 26: Angela Bassett attends FX's "American Horror Story" 100th Episode Celebration at Hollywood Forever on October 26, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Slay Belles: Winnie Harlow
On the red carpet and on her social media, Winnie Harlow heats up our feed and our lives with her stunning beauty looks.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Winnie Harlow attends God's Love We Deliver 13th Annual Golden Heart Awards celebration at Cipriani South Street on October 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
Slay Belles: KiKi Layne
KiKi Layne dropped onto the scene like a teenage dream who's kept our gaze since. Her red carpet beauty is always creative and inspiring.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: KiKi Layne arrives at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci on November 2, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Slay Belles: Kelly Rowland
It doesn't get any better than waiting to see what Kelly Rowland will bring to an event. Whether it's a classic bob, a creative pony, or a simple fresh face, we know that it will be fabulous.
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 10: 2019 E! PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: Kelly Rowland arrives to the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on November 10, 2019 -- NUP_188989 (Photo by: Amy Sussman/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank)
Slay Belles: Gabrielle Union
If Gab's looks are too Black for other audiences, then we're here for all of it. She wowed time and time again on the red carpet in 2019 and we know 2020 only promises more.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Gabrielle Union attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
Slay Belles: Justine Skye
The ESSENCE digital cover star gave us noteworthy hair and makeup from the top of the year all the way through the final days.
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 19: Justine Skye attends 2019 Trumpet awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on January 19, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage,)
Slay Belles: Cynthia Erivo
Erivo has been a go-to for big chop energy, dramatic eye energy, and for the best use of bold and bright colors.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 02: Cynthia Erivo attends the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Slay Belles: Keke Palmer
We were excited when Keke Palmer was named the official third host of GMA3: Strahan and Sara because it meant more glimpses of her dope hair and makeup.
TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 07: Keke Palmer attends the "Hustlers" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 07, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Slay Belles: Marsai Martin
This was the year that Marsai Martin went from being little Diane to a beauty influencer and powerhouse with her lovable and creative looks.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Marsai Martin attends the 18th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 01, 2019 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
Slay Belles: Rapsody
Rapsody had red carpet moments this year that completely shut it down on the hair and makeup front. We know in 2020 it's only going to get better.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapsody attends the 5th Annual Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
Slay Belles: Rihanna
Between her Fenty Beauty events, Savage X Fenty fashion shows, and the Diamond Ball, we can expect to see Rihanna hit the red carpets consistently every year. And every year we Stan for her flawless presentation.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11: Rihanna attends the launch of her visual autobiography "Rihanna" at Guggenheim Museum on October 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/WireImage,)
Slay Belles: Tierra Whack
To understand what it is to be whack is to understand how rapper Tierra Whack never misses a beat with her eclectic makeup and trendsetting hairstyles.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 24: Tierra Whack is seen attending Afropunk Brooklyn wearing plastic transparent coat with colorful outfit and yellow Crocs at Commodore Barry Park on August 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
Slay Belles: Saweetie
Saweetie's iced-out red carpet beauty, equipped with laid edges and immaculate makeup is exactly our type of red carpet beauty.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Saweetie attends the Savage x Fenty arrivals during New York Fashion Week at Barclays Center on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
Slay Belles: Lizzo
It's been a tremendous year in beauty for singer Lizzo. So it makes sense that she was a red carpet fixture in 2019 and never ceased to make us feel good as hell with her colorful eye makeup and glossy lips.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Lizzo attends KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2019 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 06, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/FilmMagic )
Slay Belles: Jodie Turner-Smith
Jodie Turner-Smith hit the red carpet this year as if the theme were wearable art every time. She looked like a walking melanin-rich Mona Lisa, and we wanted to behold what was behind her smile.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 27: Jodie Turner-Smith arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on October 27, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Slay Belles: Storm Reid
She might still have a bit of a baby face, but this year Storm Reid proved that she's not a little girl. Her red carpet beauty is evidence that she's becoming the beauty crush to look out for in 2020.
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 08: Storm Reid attends The Premiere Of Universal Pictures "Little" at Regency Village Theatre on April 08, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Slay Belles: Ciara
We saw Cici coming from miles away with many of her dramatic and over-the-top hair and makeup this year. And we loved it. It makes us want to level up our looks for 2020.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Ciara attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/MG19/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )
Slay Belles: Janelle Monáe
You can't talk about the best in red carpet beauty for the past decade without mentioning Janelle Monáe, the winner of red carpet creativity. Her face is always flawless and her hair is always both inspirational, and aspirational.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 29: Janelle Monáe attends Premiere Of Focus Features' "Harriet" at The Orpheum Theatre on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
Slay Belles: Beyoncé
When Beyoncé wants to lay low, you could go an entire year without seeing an appearance from her. But with so many big projects in 2019 she couldn't avoid the red carpet, and she stunned with hair that we wanted to mimic, and makeup looks that we double-tapped consistently.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09: Beyonce arrives for the Premiere Of Disney's "The Lion King" held at Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)