BEAUTY EVOLUTIONTaraji P. Henson Isn’t Afraid of Bold and Beautiful Hair and Makeupby Sue Williamson02.27.17Hidden Figures actress Taraji P. Henson doesn’t shy away from trying new beauty looks. Here’s a look back at the W cover star‘s best looks over the years.1Getty ImagesNot everyone can pull off a faux flower hair accessory, but in 2001 (with a few baby braids and a golden smoky eye), Henson did just that.2Getty ImagesNot too light, not too dark. The actress demonstrated the perfect hue for highlights at the 2005 premiere of her film, “Hustle & Flow.”3Getty ImagesThe star donned another pretty plait at the 2006 TNT Black Movie Awards, this time wrapped into a formal updo. With silver eye shadow and flawless skin, Henson proves the best way to make a beauty statement is with one or two strong elements and little else.4Getty ImagesHenson can do ladylike, too—like this curled short bob and bright red lip at the “Frankie and Alice” L.A. premiere.5Getty ImagesThe high pony has taken a break. The top knot is done. Perhaps now models, It girls, and actresses should resurrect the flirty side bun, à la TPH in 2011?6Getty ImagesHenson wears her top bun with full bangs and luminous skin at the Sundance Institute Alumni Event in 2012.7Getty ImagesHenson’s daring tendencies aren’t limited to her film choices, as this purple lipstick-and-eye shadow combination proves.8Getty ImagesHenson paired a pink lip with an emerald green eye at the 2013 365 Black Awards.9Getty ImagesWearing relaxed curls and a magenta pink lip, Henson attended the Think Like A Man Too photo call in 2014.10Getty ImagesThe actress doesn’t need dramatic makeup to make a statement. With simple glowing skin and subtle fake lashes, Henson glowed in 2014.11Getty ImagesWith sleek side bangs and colorful smoky eye, Henson looked elegant at the BET Celebration of Gospel in 2014.12Getty ImagesHenson stunned with a long fishtail braid, lined eyes, and black and red nail art at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards. That flushed, glowing skin? Most likely a side effect of the Entertainer of the Year Award she took home that night.13Getty ImagesThe actress smoldered at the 2015 CFDA Awards—she even made our top 10 list “for her sultry everything.”14Getty ImagesWith a half bun, side braids, long, loose curls, and a golden eye at Spike TV’s Guys Choice 2015 Awards, Henson proves she follows no one’s beauty rules but her own.15Getty ImagesThe actress wore her hair in bouncy ringlets at the VH1 Big In 2015 event.16WireImage/Getty ImagesHenson took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globe awards in 2016–and won our award for best haircut at the same time.17Getty ImagesAt the Women In Film 2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards, Henson wore her hair in a sleek ponytail.18Getty ImagesHenson attended a screening of Hidden Figures with her hair in a short, straight bob.19Getty ImagesHenson wore her natural curls with sun-kissed skin at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016.20Getty ImagesHenson wore her hair in an angular bob with a purple smoky eye as she celebrates her win at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for Hidden Figures in 2017.21Taraji P. Henson at the 2017 Academy Awards.