2019 VMAs

The Honest Company
 

As the summer winds down and pumpkin season becomes imminent there is one more thing that’s coming our way - awards season! The Emmys, the AMAs, and, once we hit November, the film awards season are all coming for us. This is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year and I love to break down the best looks on the red carpets. More importantly, I love giving credit to the amazing artists and designers who work hard to have the stars looking good.

Since 1984 the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) have honored the incredible talents in the music industry. It has also been the stage for many controversial and shocking performances (Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, etc). While it is usually hosted in New York or Los Angeles, this year’s VMAs found themselves at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The looks on the red carpet were diverse - from drop-dead glamour to full on flesh. There were multiple people who brought live snakes as accessories to their outfits, a la Britney in 2001.

Mainstream celebrities mingled with influencers. The ridiculously funny Sebastian Maniscalco hosted the show. Taylor Swift opened with a technicolor performance with two songs off of her new album, Lover. Lil Nas X brought us to 2037 where he is president and the choreography is on point. Lizzo reminded us to love ourselves and fell GOOD AS HELL. The iconic Missy Misdemeanor Elliot received the Video Vanguard Award for her monumentous accomplishments in the industry accompanied by a performance of new and classic hits.

Mostly the looks were fun and bold, just like the culture of MTV. Were they all great? Nope. Did Lizzo kill it with THREE different makeup looks? Yep.

Scroll down for our favorite looks of the night. Links with an asterisk (*) are actual products used. Comment below or hit me up on social with your faves!


 
The artist used her voice this evening to continue calling for action on the Equal Rights Act.

The artist used her voice this evening to continue calling for action on the Equal Rights Act.

Taylor Swift

The Makeup: Lorrie Turk

The Hair: Jemma Muradian

The Ensemble: Versace blazer & Christian Louboutin boots.

Try: Tay’s makeup artist loves a Laura Mercier product so grab the brand’s Paint Wash in Vermillion Red ($28).

 
The powerhouse talent took a minute during her performance to remind everyone to love themselves.

The powerhouse talent took a minute during her performance to remind everyone to love themselves.

Lizzo

The Makeup: Alexx Mayo

The Hair: Shelby Swain

The Ensemble: Moschino

Try: Alexx used Urban Decay products on all three of Lizzo’s looks for the night. Grab the Naked Cherry Palette ($49) for a look that can be neutral or glam like Lizzo’s pink eyeshadow.

 
There’s a reason she’s the queen - watching her jam out at the ceremony was the best part of the night.

There’s a reason she’s the queen - watching her jam out at the ceremony was the best part of the night.

Queen Latifah

The Makeup: Sam Fine

The Hair: Johnny Wright

The Ensemble: Sergio Hudson

Try: The Queen’s look may not have been complete without her gorgeous lashes. Apply falsies or use L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($9) for major volume and length.

 

Lil Nas X’s ensemble was inspired by Prince and my favorite of the night.

Lil Nas X

The Ensemble: Christian Cowan

Try: While it’s tough to figure out who Lil Nas X’s glam team includes, a dive into his Instagram shows that he’s a fan of sheet masks. I’m loving FlashMasque® Hydrate from Patchology ($30 for 4 masks)

 
The GLOW star took a moment to appreciate the importance of immigrants as a presenter.

The GLOW star took a moment to appreciate the importance of immigrants as a presenter.

Alison Brie

The Makeup: Beau Nelson

The Hair: Rebekah Forecast

The Ensemble: Elie Saab

Try: Beau used TruNaked Goldens* palette from Covergirl (discontinued) on Alison for a bronzed goddess eye look. Sub the Sunset TruNaked palette ($13) for a similar glow.

 
Keke stunned in this yellow couture piece and whipped out a chunky gold cell phone later on the carpet.

Keke stunned in this yellow couture piece and whipped out a chunky gold cell phone later on the carpet.

Keke Palmer

The Makeup: Mimi Kamara

The Hair: Ann Jones

The Ensemble: Yousef Aljasmi

Try: Mimi matched Keke’s eyeshadow with her glittering yellow dress. To get an an amazing gold payoff, grab Gold Standard eyeshadow ($25) from Pat McGrath.

 
Adriana looked like Ursula from The Little Mermaid in her human form and I’m here for it.

Adriana looked like Ursula from The Little Mermaid in her human form and I’m here for it.

Adriana Lima

The Makeup: Robert Sesnek

The Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons

The Ensemble: Sally LaPointe

Try: Robert did a breakdown of the products he used on Adriana for this look, including Fit Me Foundation* ($8) from Maybelline.

 
Hailee stunned the red carpet in an ethereal red look with matching lips and shoes.

Hailee stunned the red carpet in an ethereal red look with matching lips and shoes.

Hailee Steinfeld

The Makeup: Carolina Gonzalez

The Hair: Laura Polko

The Ensemble: AADNEVIK

Try: Laura used three different products to achieve Hailee’s bright red pout but you can get away with just one - the Dessin Des Levres Lip Liner in Vermillion* ($30) from YSL. Use it to line and to fill in the lip with a long lasting pout.

 
The  Baywatch  star looked like the life of the party with her multi-tone reflective minidress.

The Baywatch star looked like the life of the party with her multi-tone reflective minidress.

Ilfenesh Hadera

The Makeup: Raul Otero

The Hair: Hos Hounkpatin

The Ensemble: Unknown

Try: A sculpting concealer will help you get coverage where you need it most but will still thin out in areas where you don’t want to feel masked in - grab the new Born This Way ($29) from Too Faced to achieve it.

 
The go-to choreographer for some of the most well-known musicians in the biz won her first VMA last night.

The go-to choreographer for some of the most well-known musicians in the biz won her first VMA last night.

Charm La’Donna

The Makeup: Merrell Hollis

The Hair: Nathan Juergensen and NeNe

The Ensemble: Alexandre Vauthier

Try: Prepping skin is often more important than the makeup and investing in a product that works matters - Hyaluronic Serum ($300) from Dr. Barbara Sturm will have you aging backwards. The European doctor also partnered with Angela Bassett to create a line specifically from darker skin tones and it also includes a Hyaluronic Serum ($300).

 
The first time VMA winner also won in this look, which resembled the trophy she took home.

The first time VMA winner also won in this look, which resembled the trophy she took home.

Bebe Rexha

The Makeup: Mario Dedivanovic

The Hair: Ursula Stephen

The Ensemble: Christian Siriano

Try: Mario slipped in a pop of green into Bebe’s eye look that is easy to miss without a close-up. Replicate the look with the Player eyeshadow palette ($6) from Revlon.

 

All hail the OG VMA queen.

 
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Cover photo by pawel szvmanski.

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