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11 Times Barbie Star Issa Rae Brought the Glam

Issa Rae's best beauty looks | Reflect Beauty
Photo Credit: Tayo Kuku Jr.

We love Issa Rae for being a dynamic producer, director, writer, and actress. She stole our hearts in Insecure (and became our BFF, if only in our heads) and since then has continued to soar on-and-off screen. This July, Issa stars in the new Barbie movie and we can’t wait to see what she brings to the fun film.

One thing we’ve come to know about Issa is that her makeup and hair are always on point. No matter if it’s a magazine cover, awards show, or movie premiere, we can count on our fave to bring it with the glam. Here are 11 of Issa Rae’s best beauty moments.

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Lavender Babe

Issa Rae glowed at the NAACP Images Awards in a beautiful lavender eye, lush lashes, and a shimmery gloss. She wore her curls in an elegant pulled-back low pony to keep the focus on the face. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Royal Vibes

Issa went with a pastel purple on her lids while keeping the rest of her face neutral with bronzed cheeks and a nude gloss. Her long braid was a sleek standout. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Queen of the Damnnnn

For her appearance as a guest judge on Legendary, Issa brought the drama with emerald eyes, a dramatic brow, and super glowy skin. Her hair looked beautiful in blonde-highlighted twists. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Nude Tones

Issa showcased her gorgeous skin and enviable bone structure for the cover of Coveteur. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Up Close and Personal

Issa rocked her signature lavender shadow and nude lip combo for the Emmys. The look was perfected with a pop of blush and a sleek low braided bun. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Long Hair Don’t Care

It was a radiant nude lid and lip moment on Issa for Vanity Fair. This time her hair stole the show in long auburn waves. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Glossy Girl

It was a chocolate eye, cheek, and lip day for Issa; this time accentuated with a playful, high pony. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Brown Skin Girl

Issa changed things up with a gorgeous deep red shadow, sculpted cheeks, and her fave: a neutral glossy lip (Hot Chocolit by Fenty Beauty, to be exact). Her natural curls stayed low in a chic bun. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Emerald Goddess

For the cover of Crwnmag Issa debuted a fun green eye and creative low-braided pony. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Denim Daydreams

It was all about the blues for Issa in this standout eye look paired with her signature glowing skin and nude lip. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Classic Era

For a fun daytime glam, Issa donned a bronze eye, terra cotta blush, and a brick red lip.  She kept her hair chic in a low side bun. Makeup by Joanna Simkin. Hair by Felicia Leatherwood.

Joy Adaeze

Joy Adaeze is a Nigerian-American Beauty and Style Editor, Content Creator, and Social Media Manager based in NYC. Her writing credits include ESSENCE, Huffington Post, Hello Beautiful, PopSugar, NY Mag’s The Cut as well as her personal style blog: www.JoyLovesFashion.com, which she created in 2009. You can find her on IG and TikTok: @joy_adaeze.

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