The MTV VMAs often make for an eclectic, fun (and sure, sometimes weird) red carpet. The 2017 edition was fairly tame compared with what we’ve seen in years past, but that meant there was more time to appreciate the details — like, for example, the super-pretty makeup looks.
The major beauty trend of the evening was simple: Find a dress in an unexpected hue, like lavender or mustard-y gold, and then match your eye makeup to it.
The first to get in on this was Lorde, who showed up looking great in a voluminous, feather-covered Monique Lhuillier gown — her stylist Karla Welch really knows her stuff — with a pleasantly laid-back half-up ponytail styled by Cameron Rains that was casual and rumpled enough to perfectly offset the fancy dress. While most of her makeup (by Amber Dreadon) was of the no-makeup persuasion, Lorde’s brows were as prominent as ever, topping off a hazy wash of pinkish-lavender eye shadow that mimicked the shade of her dress.
Yara Shahidi went in a similar direction, matching her gold-and-black Zimmermann gown to her gold-and-black smoky eye, courtesy of makeup artist Emily Cheng. It’s worth noting that the actress wore a stellar ponytail — slick in the front, with a deep side part, and brushed-out, voluminous curls in back — by hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson.
Vanessa Hudgens also went matchy-matchy, pairing her red Yanina Couture dress with a red, rhinestone-encrusted cat eye. Makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who was behind the look, revealed on Instagram that he used Christian Louboutin Luminous Ink Liner in Rouge Louboutin Vibrant Red topped with red Swarovski crystals.
Paris Jackson’s moment on the MTV Video Music Awards stage was “yuuuge.”
The model and actress made dad Michael Jackson proud at the ceremony on Sunday night, when she issued a strong message in response to the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.
Before announcing the winner for the Best Pop Video at the ceremony on Sunday night, Jackson mocked President Donald Trump by turning some of his favorite catchphrases against him. She then addressed the “Nazi white supremacist jerks” watching at home in a fiery, seemingly impromptu speech.
“We must show these Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with liberty as our slogan we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination,” Jackson told the audience. “We must resist.”
Fifth Harmony went on to win the award, which made the moment even more perfect.
Watch Jackson’s speech below.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 28, 2017
Teyana Taylor knows how to make an entrance!
She slayed the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards where her black and white ensemble paid homage to Janet Jackson. Taylor’s white crop top, black pants and short bob — accessorized with her insane abs — resembled the outfit that Jackson wore at the 1995 MTV VMAs.
And the outfits are not the only thing the two have in common. Janet Jackson won the 1995 VMA for Best Choreography In A Video for her “Scream” video with her brother Michael Jackson. Taylor won that same award this year for her choreography and dancing in Kanye West’s “Fade” video.
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) August 27, 2017
This is not the first time Taylor has shown her love for the Rhythm Nation queen. In 2012, she recreated Janet’s iconic topless Rolling Stone cover from 1993.
There is no better compliment than imitation, especially when you are both winning.
Here’s a list of some of the night’s winners:
Best Pop Video