Lupita Nyong'o Is Working Her Way Through the Colored Contacts Rainbow

Stephanie Eckardt

Lupita Nyong'o has officially embarked on the press tour for Jordan Peele’s new deeply disturbing horror film Us—which is to say, of course, that Nyong'o has officially embarked on her latest run of red-carpet looks. This time, however, the emphasis isn't on her clothes or her hair, but something much less obvious: her irises.

For the most of the film, the eyes of Nyong'o's main character, Adelaide Wilson, are stricken with fear—though that's not to say that anyone on set noticed. According to the 36-year-old actress, when she and her costars switched over to portraying their characters' horrifying doppelgängers, "nobody wanted to look us in the eye. Everyone wanted to get away from us as quickly as possible."

Perhaps as revenge, or perhaps to put all that horror in the past, Nyong'o is leaning into the sight gag. Last week, she attended a screening of the film in London wearing a sequined gown by Aquazzura—and bloodred contact lenses to match. (Her doppelgänger is, after all, named Red.)

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Lupita Nyong'o wearing red contacts at a screening of Us in London in March 2019.
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Then, on Wednesday, she showed up to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York City wearing a fresh new pair, apparently working her way through the rainbow. This time, she was a bit less color-coordinated: With her lipstick and sparkly lamé jumpsuit, by the label Bande Noir, her eyes stood out brighter than ever in light yellow, à la Jennifer Lawrence's character in X-Men, Mystique. Nyong'o also got a bit more creative with her Instagram of the look, which she captioned, "Keep your eyes Jordan Peeled." (At least until the film hits theaters on March 22.)

Then again, there might be a different reason Nyong'o has been changing up her eye color. Among the actors who've pulled the move in the past is one Jared Leto, who Nyong'o has on speed dial and apparently has quite the special relationship with.

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Related: Lupita Nyong'o Says Her Relationship With Jared Leto "Goes Beyond the Dating Rumors"

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Lupita Nyong'o in 2014.
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada at the 2014 Met Gala.
Lupita Nyong'o at the 86th Annual Academy Awards in 2014 wearing Prada.
Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars in 2015.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Balmain on Late Night with Seth Meyers, March 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Dolce & Gabbana at Variety's Power of Women lunch in New York, New York, April 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology in New York, New York, May 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Boss at the 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, New York, June 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in DPipertwins at the Fem the Future Pre-VMAs Brunch hosted by Janelle Monáe in New York, New York, August 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Carolina Herrera at the premiere of Queen of Katwe at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Mary Katrantzou at the Vanity Fair and Tiffany & Co. dinner in her honor in Toronto, Canada, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Erdem on Jimmy Kimmel Live, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo attend a screening of Queen of Katwe on September 25, 2016 in New York City.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Kibonen NY promoting Queen of Katwe at Sirius XM Studios in New York, New York, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Elie Saab at the premiere of Queen of Katwe in Hollywood, California, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in an Escada coat at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Monse leaving The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o at the 2016 Met Gala.
Lupita Nyong'o in Monse at a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York, New York, September 2016.
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Lupita Nyong'o in Boss at the 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, New York, June 2016. Photo by Getty Images.
Lupita Nyong'o in Bally in 2017. Photo by Richard Young.