Loud, flashy and always deliciously shocking, the VMAs are one of our favourite events of the year. Even if you don’t love some of the — shall we say — ‘more questionable’ outfit choices, you can’t deny that these raucous awards bring out the best in bold beauty. Here’s a rundown of our favourite looks and how to recreate them at home.
We couldn’t write about the VMAs without talking about this year’s daredevil host, Miss Cyrus herself. From her barely-there outfits to her on-stage antics, Miley lit up this year’s awards with both her personality and her beautifully bold makeup. To get her look, line the inner corners of your eyes with a bright blue eyeshadow and offset it with a vivid orange or peachy lip colour like Max Factor’s Lip Finity Lip Tint in Coral Crush.
Favouring a striking sixties-inspired look over lurid colours, Taytay opted for a bold winged smoky eye and a classy nude lip. For the easiest way to nail this look, grab yourself a smoky eye palette like W7’s In The Night range in Smoky Shades or Up In Smoke and make sure to extend the wing just a touch longer than feels natural. Since this is such a pronounced look for eyes, you’ll want to keep lips neutral so simply go over them in a nude lip tint to finish up.
One of our favourite looks from the night, FKA Twig’s modern take on retro beauty was a winner in our eyes. The singer opted for a brave, bare-faced dewy base that perfectly complemented her bold red lips and sultry eyes; we love Max Factor’s glow-making Pan Stik Foundation for its blemish-concealing coverage and lustrous finish. Eyes are decorated with a vintage cat-eye flick of kohl liner and some false lashes while lips take centre stage in a bright red (try Max Factor’s Lip Finity Lip Tint in Passion Red for the perfect eye-catching shade).
As to be expected at an awards ceremony for music videos, there were lots of beachy goddesses rocking the bronzed look on the red carpet but no one did it better than Gigi Hadid. A golden glow and glitzy metallics are the key to this star-worthy look. Make sure your complexion is up to scratch by starting with a beautifully natural fake tan then add contouring to highlight your bone structure (we love this W7 Cosmetics Cheeky Trio Bronzer, Blusher & Highlighter Kit for contouring made easy). Add a sweep of shimmering metallic eyeshadow, some natural-looking individual false lashes and a Lip Finity Latte coffee-coloured lip to finish this resplendent look.