Can we confess something? We don’t actually tune in to the VMAs for the music. We wait with bated breath to see the best beauty looks, major makeup moments, and hottest hairdos emerge from the red carpet. But can you blame us? Over the years we’ve seen it all, from Adele’s big bouffant hair in 2011 to Rita Ora’s face tattoos in 2014 and Beyoncé’s major fishtail braid in 2016.
This year, there are 13 beauty looks that we predict will go down in VMA history. From the bold to the beautiful and the downright brave, discover them for yourself in Savoir Flair’s roundup, below.
Taylor Swift took a classic red lip and made it cool by opting for a more coral hue, which she teamed with “I woke up like this” bedhead hair and a slick of black liquid liner.
In the words of hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons, Adriana Lima looked “wet ‘n’ wild” on the VMA red carpet. She rocked a mermaid-inspired mane and dreamy, dewy skin, which we can reveal was created using Maybelline’s ‘Fit Me Foundation’ and ‘The City Mini Palette in Jungle’ highlighter palette.
Singer Ava Max revealed her inner superwoman on the red carpet, complete with a floor-length cape, metallic silver leggings, and – of course – an out there, embellished beauty look.
Pretty in pink, Zara Larsson looked like a real-life fairy princess, inspiring us to ditch our usual smoky eye in favor of a pastel, petal-pink hue.
Two words to sum up Gigi Hadid? Golden girl. The California-raised model teamed sun-kissed skin with gleaming, golden eyes, while her strands looked as if she had just stepped out of the sea.
We love a bit of Lizzo, especially when she braves a big bee-hive ‘do, fierce feline flick, red power pout, and bright eyeshadow all in one night.
Hung Vanngo worked his makeup magic on Bella Hadid with a subtle contour, glowing skin, and soft, shimmery eye, while hairstylist Danielle Priano created the perfect glossy snatched pony.
Proving that sometimes all it takes is a touch of color to make your peepers pop and to turn your beauty look up a notch, Bebe Rexha stunned with her shimmery lime-green eyes and glossy pink pout. To get the look yourself, add Revlon’s ‘Colorstay Palette in Player’ and ‘Act Natural’ lipstick to your shopping list.
Two-tone boxer braids, a flawless cat-eye flick, perfectly defined brows, and gorgeous natural freckles gave Quiñ’s look just the right balance of glamour and edge.
Donning a red look, Hailee Steinfeld matched her lipstick to her Aadnevik dress, oozing romance with her long, glossy waves and classic makeup combination.
Whoever said too much blush is a bad thing needs to take a note out of Halsey’s book, because she made brick-orange blush, dusted heavily across her cheekbones and temples, look seriously good. We’re not sure we’re ready to brave the rainbow parting, however.
When it comes to the ultimate beachy-meets-Mermaid locks, no one could top Camila Cabello, whose hip-length hair sent the Internet into overdrive.
Hello? Is it bling you’re looking for? It doesn’t get much bolder than Keke Palmer’s giant gold crystal-studded cell phone, which she matched perfectly to her makeup with lots of shimmery highlight and metallic shadow.