A Complete Timeline of Zendaya's Beauty Evolution

Serving beauty inspo is child’s play for the star.

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She's a fashion tour de force, an Emmy winner, a Disney Channel darling turned capital-M Movie Star—and Zendaya is just getting started. In honor of The Challengers—the first feature film where the actress is billed in the leading role—Marie Claire is dedicating a week of content to all things Zendaya.

When is Zendaya not on her beauty A-game? Over the years, her makeup and hair looks have spawned endless inspiration. As one of the few Disney stars to have successfully segued into an adult career, she’s come a long way, even snagging a coveted partnership with Lancôme. While her roles in Spider-Man helped her make that shift, her starring role in HBO’s Euphoria cemented the transition. Also helping make her a household name: Zendaya's bold hair and makeup choices.

While the 27-year-old regularly opts for a dominant eye or a bold lip color, she also flawlessly executes haircuts, extensions, wigs, and hair colors in the most refreshing ways. Here, we’ve highlighted Zendaya’s beauty evolution over the last decade.


Actress Zendaya arrives at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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While she’s known to have naturally light brown hair, Zendaya chose a darker brown wig cut in a playful wavy bob for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Her makeup was more subtle, with slightly rosy cheeks, full lashes, and a light pink glossy lip that matched her ensemble.


Actress Zendaya arrives at Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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High-tousled buns and blunt bangs in a light brown hue were in high demand in the '10s beauty era, and Zendaya nailed it. Another sign of the times? All-matte makeup. With minimal blush on her cheeks, there wasn’t much contour or contrast to Zandaya's complexion, but a pop of matte red lips added a defining element.


Actress/singer Zendaya arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

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When Zendaya stepped onto the red carpet at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, she had no idea how much buzz her hair would bring. Her chunky faux locs, styled in with a side part and pulled back, became the subject of red carpet criticism, igniting debates and spawning internet think pieces.


Singer Zendaya arrives at the 57th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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At the 57th Grammy Awards, Zendaya looked completely different, showcasing how transformative hair and makeup can be. Her fringed black pixie cut showed her bone structure and mismatched ear accessories. Her darkly lined lips featured a metallic pop at their center, complementing her sultry smokey eyeshadow and her multi-colored Vivienne Westwood dress. And this was just the beginning of killer Zendaya looks.


Zendaya attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.

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Zendaya is one of a handful of people who can successfully pull off the fashionable version of a bowl cut as she did for the Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology-themed Met Gala. Her gold chainmail ensemble was mimicked by her highly bronzed complexion. As for her eyes, they popped with a heavily smokey application of eyeshadow with touches of gold, while her makeup artist kept the rest simple, going for a nude lip.


Actress/singer Zendaya attends the 2016 Essence Black Women in Music event at Avalon on February 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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With an influx of dewy looks trending, it’s easy to forget that matte makeup had a significant moment. Here, Zendaya’s makeup personifies a completely matte application from her overlined lips to her foundation. However, it’s the blonde-tousled pixie that stole the show. Zendaya went from girly to edgy with perfection.


Zendaya attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.

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Although the Met Gala is about costumes and clothing, for Zendaya, it was all about hair. Her show-stopping, ethereal, unstructured afro seemed almost weightless and was reminiscent of brushed-out curls. Her tangerine lip offered a pop of color that tied the makeup to her Dolce and Gabbana gown, while her complexion exuded a warm glow aided by a swirl of blush across her cheekbones.


Zendaya attends Variety Power Of Young Hollywood at TAO Hollywood on August 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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While the actress has a naturally curly hair texture, she chose to define her curls in the summer of 2018. Her head of waves and loose ringlets included curly bangs falling well below her eyebrows and into her eyes, with her makeup only slightly peering through. She sported thick lashes and a touch of highlight to the inner corners of her eyes to open them up, while her pink lip color matched her bejeweled jacket. Adorable!


Zendaya arrives at the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball at a private residence on June 3, 2017 in Brentwood, California

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In 2017, Zendaya explored an old Hollywood hairdo. Her wet-styled finger waves and deep side part proved the staying power of this classic, old-school glamour vibe. Her makeup displayed a bold eyebrow, slightly glossy nude lip, and eyeshadow with flecks of gold shimmer peeking through.


Zendaya arrives for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The Gala's 2018 theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

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The "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” themed 2018 Met Gala inspired Zendaya to go full silver chainmail in a custom Versace gown, a modern Joan of Arc. Her wavy red wig, cut into a bob with fringe bangs, added a necessary pop of color to the monochrome attire. Her eyebrows remained dark, while her silver shimmery eyeshadow tied into her silver outfit.


US actress Zendaya attends the Los Angeles premiere of the new HBO series "Euphoria" at the Cinerama Dome Theatre in Hollywood on June 4, 2019.

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For the L.A premiere of HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya’s beauty look starkly contrasted her character on the show. Taking a glamorous approach, her high ponytail and long face-framing bangs gave her a sweet appearance. Rosy blush swiped across her cheeks, and pink glossy lips further emphasized this.


Zendaya attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California.

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At the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, Zendaya's long, flowing braids were swept to the side and pulled back to frame her face. Bronze skin and a light pink-hued high-shine gloss gave way to her eyes, which became the focal point of her makeup. A pop of pink eyeshadow ran across them in a shimmery finish that dramatically encompassed her upper lid and under-eye. Full, thick black lashes rounded out her statement eye, perfectly matching her hot pink breastplate.


Zendaya attends Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Los Angeles Premiere on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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At the Spider-Man: No Way Home Los Angeles premiere, Zendaya again played up her eyes. Using black, blue, and white colors, lines were drawn over her upper lid, directly along her lash line, and across her lower lid, creating an intricate, fun, multi-layered style. Her sleek cornrows fell down her back, allowing onlookers to get a closeup of her face.


Zendaya attends a photocall for "Spiderman: No Way Home" at The Old Sessions House on December 05, 2021 in London, England.

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Here, Zendaya’s makeup and hair displayed the maturation of her beauty choices. Many elements of his look skewed high fashion editorial; her buffed-out, flawless skin, and intensely smoky eye drew you in. Finally, her slicked-back hair fell in tousled waves down her back.


Zendaya attends the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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Retro glam was the name of the game when Zendaya stepped out at the 2022 Primetime Emmys. She sported soft, voluminous waves embellished with a black ribbon to complement her matching dress. A peachy nude lipstick in a more satin finish coated her lips for a barely there finish.


Zendaya attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.

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The masculine and feminine aspects of this hair, makeup and outfit play well at this 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party. Her gelled-back hair fell in a deep side part, slicked down on one side and framing her face on the other, falling over her ear. Her skin is finished with a matte foundation and a touch of blush, while her smokey eye is elevated with both black and silver shimmery tones. Deeply lined from the inner corners of her eyes, this technique emphasized the shape of her eyes.


Zendaya attends the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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Zendaya exuded red carpet sophistication with a wavy brown bob at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Pale pink blush lifted her cheeks and meshed well with her warmer pink-toned lip. But there was one special element worth noting: Zendaya's long top lashes with intentionally placed clumps at the bottom of her lid added an unexpected surprise.


Zendaya attends the Fendi Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2024 in Paris, France.

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Zendaya is among the few people who can pull off a micro bang. The bangs, cut pointedly, almost like a widow’s peak, flawlessly gave off a mix of futuristic chic at the Fendi Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 show. Her red lip, lined with a darker shade and finished with a brighter red in the center, added a sultry element that worked well with hair and brown dress.


Zendaya Coleman attends the "Dune 2" Premiere at Le Grand Rex on February 12, 2024 in Paris, France.

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For this year’s Dune: Part Two press tour, Zendaya channeled desert elements with a bright golden look. Waves from her slicked-down hair framed both sides of her face, while golden-orange eyeshadow ran across her eyes, fanning out into a deep bronze at her temples.


US actress Zendaya poses for a photocall as part of the promotion of the film "Challengers" at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2024, amid the Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, with the Rainier III court in the background.

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The Challengers press tour gave many noteworthy hair and makeup looks. Her sunkissed, dewy skin and flushed cheeks, courtesy of Lancome, were crafted by makeup artist Ernesto Casillas. With a press look this good, it’s hard to decide the best part. Is it the golden skin? Maybe. But it could very well be her shoulder-length voluminous blonde hair parted to the side that screamed '90s glam in all the right ways.


Zendaya attends the UK premiere of "Challengers" at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on April 10, 2024 in London, England.

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This entire look is a master class in tennis chic. Another makeup look by Lancome and Ernesto Casillas, Zendaya’s skin featured touches of blush and expertly placed highlighter to give off a fresh off-the-court appeal. The bold, classic red lip added the necessary contrast to her all-white ensemble, while her high-slicked-back ponytail was emphasized with a crisp white ribbon.

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Jamie Wilson
Freelancer Writer

Jamie Wilson is a New York-based beauty writer and editor. In her prior role, Wilson was beauty editor at Harper’s Bazaar, writing both print and digital features, and trend stories.