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 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 Makeup: Merrell Hollis
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).