Makeup has the power to transform. Usually that means upping the cheekbone ante with the help of a little contouring or erasing signs of brows over-plucked in the ’90s with some pencil. Well, Lupita Nyong’o just harnessed the power of makeup in a rather, um, unexpected way.
The 36-year-old Oscar winner celebrated the London premiere of her first horror film, the Jordan Peele–conceived Us, by walking the red carpet with a dramatic, if not vampiric, look.
Now, Nyong’o is no stranger to bold makeup—she even started a petition at her high school so she and her peers could wear it. But this time around the Us star redefined daring and rocked smoky eyes, black lipstick and—wait for it—bright red contact lenses. She embraced the scary sensibilities of her upcoming film by making spooky faces and really vamping (get it?) it up on Instagram.