You’ve probably heard a lot of praise for the movie Black Panther and its brilliant cast of stars including Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and more — and hopefully you've seen the film yourself. But you may not have heard much about the other stars of Black Panther: the African beauty looks that frame the entire story.
The importance of makeup in the Black Panther movie can’t be underestimated. The film’s hair and makeup artists meticulously researched traditional beauty practices of ancestral African tribes in order to create beautiful, authentic styles for the movie and its characters. This celebration of black beauty couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It coincides with a call for more diversity in the fashion and beauty industries, and if the overwhelmingly positive response to Black Panther is any indication, more brands will start championing diversity soon.
Scroll through to learn more about the inspiration behind the Black Panther makeup, and even learn how to recreate one of the looks at home (without culturally appropriating). Let’s be honest: these Black Panther beauty looks pretty much stole the show, right?