Amandla Stenberg Already Has The Best Beauty Evolution — & She's 18

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Amandla Stenberg has done a lot in her 18 years — yes, she's only 18 years old. She schooled everyone on why cultural appropriation is not okay, took Jaden Smith to prom, starred in one of the most popular films of the decade, came out as bisexual on Teen Vogue's Snapchat, co-authored the comic book Niobe: She Is Life, and appeared in Beyonce's Lemonade. Oh, and sometime in-between, she graduated from high school — no big deal.

On top of all this, Stenberg is a pioneering figure in beauty and fashion. With her boundary-breaking approach, the star has stunned on red carpets since she hit the scene. She's graceful, adorable, and playful all at once. Her hair has been long, short, sleek, and voluminous. These days, she has a septum piercing and an enviable set of braids. It's only been five or six years since we were introduced to her grace and we know this: she's going to be around a while.

Stenberg, we have a feeling this is the beginning of beautiful friendship. Ahead, check out a few of the star's most impressive looks.
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At a Variety event in 2011, the 13-year-old stepped out with stunning braids that put her fresh, glowing face on full display.
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Stenberg debuted a sleek ballerina bun at the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn premiere in 2011, where she also donned a thin veil of pink lip gloss.
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The actress attended the 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards with her natural curls and a big smile, which is arguably the best accessory.
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At the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards that same year, Sternberg wore gorgeous box braids paired with a subtle lip sheen.
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At the Hunger Games premiere in 2012 (the actress played Rue), Sternberg dialed up her look with bright, peach-colored blush.
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At 14, Stenberg went for a glamorous, Old Hollywood 'do. With a dramatic side part and big barrel curls (not to mention a bold pink lip), she couldn't have looked more elegant.
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The actress wore her bouncy curls half-up and paired them with a peach-pink blush.
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In 2013, Stenberg experimented with a braided updo — and rocked a look that most brides would kill for.
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The actress delivered major Princess Leia vibes with these double buns. She also upped her eyeshadow game, wearing a darker hue on her lids.
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For the premiere of Beautiful Creatures in 2013, she pulled her hair back into a high topknot, this time with cat-eyes — a look that would become her staple in the years that followed.
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Sternberg accessorized her pulled-back ponytail with wild accessories — do you see the eyeball? — at the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards. Here, she wore her signature cat-eye, only this time in a cool, summery blue.
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Stenberg adopted a dreamy, Cinderalla-inspired look for the NAACP Awards in 2013.
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Rocking the cutest micro-bangs and a shoulder-grazing lob, Stenberg updated her look with a dramatic red lip.
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At a Teen Vogue event in 2014, Sternberg went for braids and a subtle gold metallic lip — just a hint of all the badassery to come.
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We're loving this bold blue lip look. Stenberg paired her natural curls with heavy navy lipliner and a soft white ombré in the center.
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In 2015, Stenberg debuted a grey hair color — and the results were too cool. She kept her makeup minimal, with a radiant complexion and soft, rosy lip.
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The following year, Stenberg rocked her natural curls and just a touch of makeup. Notice the septum piercing? She's kept it since.
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At the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, Stenberg is drama, drama, drama. The bold red lip! The dark, full eyebrows! The voluminous hair! We couldn't get enough.
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At the Met Gala in May 2016, Stenberg matched her lip color to her suit jacket. She wears a crown in her hair and just a hit of eye makeup.
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In August 2016, Stenberg broke out a rustic makeup palette with deep brown eyeshadow and a rust-colored dress. Her burgundy lip matches her braids, which flow past her waist.
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