Tessa Thompson Is Redefining Red-Carpet Beauty On The Men In Black Press Tour

Thanks to roles like Samantha White in Dear White People, Detroit in Sorry to Bother You, and Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson is well on her way to becoming a household name. While the bulk of Thompson's fame comes from her presence onscreen, her IRL self is just as noteworthy. Our latest proof? The Men in Black: International press tour.

Yes, Thompson is currently traveling all over the world to convince fans that buying a $17 ticket to see a MIB reboot is worth it — and she's taking big beauty risks that are paying off, too. Between channeling Prince with curly updos and experimenting with unique graphic eyeliner shapes, Thompson is redefining what red-carpet beauty looks like — and we're here for every minute of it.


Ahead, the best beauty looks from Thompson's Men in Black press tour.

For one of Thompson's first stops in London, makeup artist Alex Babsky coordinated the actress' makeup to her wardrobe by custom-mixing colors to create this bold fuchsia lipstick. The lip color may be the focal point of this look, but we can't pretend that the actress' side bangs (styled by Lacy Redway) aren't fueling some dangerous nostalgia. (If you show up to work tomorrow with bangs from the early aughts, you know who to blame.)
Thompson channeled Prince a few days later in Beijing. While Babsky kept the makeup very warm, very monochromatic, and very sexy, Redway added controlled finger waves to Thompson's curly pompadour.
The bronze eyes and rosy lips and cheeks were good, but then the glossy, slick waves took the look to a whole new level.
Babsky made it clear in his caption that this look was all about three things: braids, brows, and blocked-off liner (think thumbprint eyeliner, but more precise).
For the Men in Black world premiere, Redway reimagined the wavy texture in Thompson's gown in her updo and Babsky single-handedly brought back lilac eyeshadow.
Both Redway and Babsky mimicked the androgynous vibes of Thompson's The Daily Show ensemble in her beauty look, swapping out tousled waves for a Grace Jones updo and romantic makeup for a heavy-handed contour and boy brows. In other words, a chef's-kiss moment.
Only Thompson could make a 5 a.m. call time look this good in pink lipstick and a twisted updo.
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