These 9 Elaine Welteroth Beauty Looks Live Rent Free In Our Heads

Elaine Welteroth’s best style moments.

Elaine Welteroth
Photo Artwork: Joy Adaeze

Journalist, author, television host (and bestie in our heads), Elaine Welteroth, needs no introduction. She has made headlines since she became the second youngest-ever Editor-in-Chief at Teen Vogue, and continues to claim space on major entertainment projects like Project Runway where she serves on the judges’ panel, and in media outlets like The Washington Post with her ‘Ask Elaine’ column. 

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Whether we’re getting behind-the-scenes access to one of her productions, peeping her glam for major events, or catching glimpses of her ‘day in the life’ moments with her family, the constant is that Elaine is always ultra hip, ultra cool, and radiating confidence. 

The millennial media mogul, wife, and mom has her “#GlamFam” to thank for her always fabulous beats. But even in sweats, glasses, and no makeup, she gives fresh and flawless face, reminding us that the real glam comes from that inner glow. Here are nine times Elaine gave us lewks that were more than enough to live rent-free in our brains for weeks. 

CEO Of Style

This is not your mom’s black suit! This generation’s power suit look is tailored to a tee, and in this case, includes perfectly placed cut-outs. Elaine took it up several notches with her waist-length blonde fishtail braid, finished with barrel-curled bangs. 

‘90s Flex

Elaine understood the assignment in this TLC-inspired ‘90s look complete with space buns, twin braided bangs hanging to her shoulders, white eyeshadow, and heavily glossed lips lined with contrasting liner. Does this vibe have anybody else low-key looking for a tube of MAC lip glass?

Effortless Slay

She may not have been brave enough to wear this look out of her house, but we’re thrilled Elaine shared this stunning photo of her try-on sesh in this Barbie pink dress, complete with big, untamed curls and a neutral lip. It reminded us that a look doesn’t have to be perfect to be a whole entire slay. 

Cool Mom Vibes

Elaine wears everything well, but she does oversized and menswear-inspired impeccably. We love how she juxtaposes the masculine energy of this suit against soft-blown straight hair with face-framing braids and baby hair edges. 


Elaine’s skin is absolutely glowing against the orange of this dress she wore for a Project Runway press day in NYC, and her very natural makeup is picture perfect: a heavy cat eye, bronze and gold eyeshadow, a swipe of blush, and glossy nude lips. 

The Throwback

This short curly cut with blonde highlights over dark under layers is beyond! Edgy and trend-forward, it’s hard to decide which look we love more: the cool Coachella throwback Elaine shared on her Instagram or her current longer locks. 

The Glam G.O.A.T.

Deep finger waves kiss the crown of Elaine’s head before spiraling down into gorgeous curls in her Oscars afterparty look.  Meanwhile, a smoky eye, highlighted cheekbones and chocolate lip color accentuate her crystal-covered nude dress. This look is, in a word, breathtaking. 

Makeup-Free Mama

Sometimes pure joy makes us the most beautiful, which is evident in this photo of Elaine spending time with her son, wearing a fresh, makeup-free face and sporting an adorable messy top-knot.

Bohemian Bride

Though not one of her most recent looks, an honorable mention goes to the day in 2020 when Elaine showed us how to be the coolest bride on the block with her Brooklyn stoop wedding. She married her now-husband, Jonathan, in the most beautiful bohemian-vibed dress, long goddess box braids, and neutral, barely there makeup.

Which of Elaine’s beauty looks is your vibe? Let us know in the comments.