The Boldest Beauty Looks on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards

From Lizzo's bold red lip to Halsey's rainbow-dyed part, these stars showed off some of the most head-turning beauty looks of the night

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01 of 09

Lizzo's Bold Lips

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Lizzo’s vibrant red carpet beauty look at the MTV VMA’s was unquestionably mic-drop moment of the night. The star’s makeup artist, Alexx Mayo used Urban Decay to create everything from her two-tone eyeshadow to her “juicy pout.” His secret? “After Tryst, her red lipstick and Hot Love, her gloss, were applied, I used the brand’s black Perversion eye pencil to shade and add a 3D effect to the outer corners,” says Mayo who was inspired by Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “As soon as I saw the dress, I immediately saw this voluptuous vixen that I wanted to bring to life.” And for the "Truth Hurts" singer, the truth is..it worked!

02 of 09

Halsey's Rainbow Part

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The pop star cemented her status as a hair chamelon, debuting rainbow streaks down her center-partned hairstyle.

"The rainbow part was Halsey’s idea," says Halsey's hairstylist Florido, an ambassador for Dove Hair. "She loves to stand out and switch things up. I made sure to give her a simpler hairstyle to showcase the part and make sure the rainbow was the star of the show."

03 of 09

Cardi B's Smooth Skin

Cardi B attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards
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Using the Dermaflash Luxe tool, Cardi's longtime makeup artist, Erika La Pearl, prepped her skin to create a perfect, smooth base for her foundation to lay on.

04 of 09

Camila Cabello's Natural Curls

Camila Cabello
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Appearing to mimic the late singer Selena Quintanilla's iconic waves, hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos highlighted the singer's natural curles for an "etheral look which made her look like a Grecian goddess." After diffusing her strands with a hair dryer and a few drops of L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, Giannetos used two different size curling irons to define Camila’s curls. Then, he finished with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.

05 of 09

Normani's Purple Eyeshadow

Normani
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The "Motivation" singer's plum smoky eyeshadow drew attention to her beautiful brown eyes.

06 of 09

Queen Latifah's Orange Lipstick

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Queen Latifah pulled a makeup power move by matching her high-shine orange-red lipstick to her neon coral pantsuit.

07 of 09

Bella Hadid's High Ponytail

Bella Hadid
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Showing off her golden blonde balayage, the supermodel's slicked back, ultra-high ponytail gives us some I Dream of Jeannie vibes. To give her hair extra shine, hairstylist Danielle Priano prepped with the Biolage Airdry Glotion and finished with the a little bit of Biolage Gelee Styler behind Bella's ears.

08 of 09

James Charles' Platinum Hair

James Charles
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After the beauty guru documented his entire journey of dying his virgin brunette hair platinum blonde in a YouTube video, James made his VMAs red carpet debut by showing off the bold new hue.

09 of 09

Adriana Lima's Smoky Eye

Adriana Lima
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The model's signature sultry gaze looked extra striking thanks to black eye liner going across her waterline and some classic, cool-toned smoky eye shadow, which she teamed with a wet hair look.

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