American Music Awards 2016: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet

From Gigi Hadid to Olivia Munn.
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American Music Awards 2016

There were a few major beauty themes at Sunday night's American Music Awards.

Smoky eyes were one of them–especially in unusual shades and with a generous dusting of shimmer. Hair was often worn away from the face (all the better to show off the creative makeup), and wherever possible, celebs mixed in something metallic.

Here are all the looks you need to see:

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid American Music Awards 2016

Gigi Hadid at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Gigi Hadid American Music Awards 2016

Gigi Hadid at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Wow! Gigi showed off masterfully shaded and highlighted eyes, framed by her full, arching brows. I'm also into her unique strawberry lipstick shade (it's not quite red; not quite pink; not quite coral). And she definitely carries this smooth, off-the face hairstyle. 

Gigi is wearing: FoundationContour stick • Highlighting powder in Light to Medium • Highlighting stickPowderEyeshadow in The Blushed Nudes • Mascara • Brow powder, wax and highlighterLipstick in All Fired Up • Lipstick in Nude Thrill

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn American Music Awards 2016

Olivia Munn at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Olivia Munn American Music Awards 2016

Olivia Munn at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Olivia's new bangs emphasize her eyes and look adorable with this messy ponytail. The makeup is all warm tones; I especially like the golden shimmer on her cheeks and pretty peach lipstick.

Olivia is wearing: Lipstick in Nile Nude • Lip gloss in Sunny Day

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez American Music Awards 2016

Selena Gomez at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Selena Gomez American Music Awards 2016

Selena Gomez at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Instead of matching her red dress, Selena went with understated nude makeup. Her lashes look especially fluffy, with soft brown liner in the waterlines, brown shadow to subtly sculpt her lids, and natural brows. Also notice how her caramel lip colour has a nice soft upper edge. With her rounder face shape, she looks great in middle parts. 

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss American Music Awards 2016

Karlie Kloss at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Karlie Kloss American Music Awards 2016

Karlie Kloss at the 2016 American Music Awards.

I'm obsessed with Karlie's high, tight ponytail, which puts her flawless skin on full display. She dressed things up with long lashes, but otherwise, the makeup is super bare and pretty. I love the "your lips, only better" lip colour.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld American Music Awards 2016

Hailee Steinfeld at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Hailee Steinfeld American Music Awards 2016

Hailee Steinfeld at the 2016 American Music Awards.

I always love Hailee in bold, rich lipstick shades, and this matte magenta is no exception. She wore it with long lashes (okay, maybe a bit too long!), copper eyeshadow and of course, her signature full brows. The loose waves tie it all together.

Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis American Music Awards 2016

Hannah Davis at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Hannah Davis American Music Awards 2016

Hannah Davis American Music Awards 2016 (1)

Hannah's shimmering purple smoky eyes are mesmerizing—although that's partially to do with her striking eye colour. I don't think the false lashes were necessary, but at least the rest of the look is low-key: clear, shiny lip gloss, soft brows and a similar off-the-face hairstyle to Gigi's. A lip ring adds the necessary edge. 

Halsey

Halsey American Music Awards 2016

Halsey at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Halsey American Music Awards 2016

Halsey at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Only Halsey could pull off this super-short haircut. It actually looks good on her! Plus, it shows off her fresh skin, freckles and feathery brows. With thick lashes, glitter shadow and clear lip gloss, this strikes just the right balance between casual and glamorous. 

Halsey is wearing: Glitter in North Star • Eye colour in LatteHighlighter in Soft FrostLip colour in Snap

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough American Music Awards 2016

Julianne Hough at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Julianne Hough American Music Awards 2016

Julianne Hough at the 2016 American Music Awards.

I'm happy to see Julianne in a cool-toned colour palette, which is so much more flattering on her than the muddy browns she often favours. Her flushed cheeks look super healthy, and did you notice the metallic pink liner under her lower lashes? I would just make her brows more ashy. As for her hair, it looks like she got new, extra-long extensions and went even lighter blonde (which she does pull off).

Julianne is wearing: PrimerSkin perfector • Lipstick in Sheerly • Lip gloss in Tea Rose

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev American Music Awards 2016

Nina Dobrev at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Nina Dobrev American Music Awards 2016

Nina Dobrev at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Nina jazzed up her hair by braiding one side with metallic glitter. Such a fun way to add interest to long waves! I like that her smoky eyes pick up the same silver shade, with black liner to ground it. She's got a great gleam going on her cheek, and the nude lips keep things from looking overdone. 

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen American Music Awards 2016

Chrissy Teigen at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Chrissy Teigen American Music Awards 2016

Chrissy Teigen at the 2016 American Music Awards.

I love Chrissy's super-long, super-straight hair. Although being a model, she can wear just about anything, this is a particularly good style for her round face shape. She looks good in these browny makeup tones, but I'm never a fan of bottom false lashes. 

Chrissy is wearing: Concealer (as highlighter) • Contour stick (as blush) • Bronzer • Eyeshadow • Mascara • Brow pencil and highlighter

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum American Music Awards 2016

Heidi Klum at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Heidi Klum American Music Awards 2016

Heidi Klum at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Heidi's skin looks incredibly healthy and glowy. Sure, her red carpet style can be hit and miss, but the woman has the most incredible complexion. I like the ponytail and even the gold metallic shadow along her lower lash line. What I'd change are the false lashes (both top and bottom!), and I don't love the white eyeliner.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga American Music Awards 2016

Lady Gaga at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Lady Gaga American Music Awards 2016

Lady Gaga at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Lady Gaga is another one with absolutely beautiful skin. With her hair tucked up into this hat, and the open jacket, you really notice how even-toned and porcelain it is. Lucky her! I actually like her metallic champagne eye makeup, and even the false lashes are a pretty good pair. Plus the bubblegum pink lips are quite pretty. 

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne American Music Awards 2016

Bella Thorne at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Bella Thorne American Music Awards 2016

Bella Thorne at the 2016 American Music Awards.

If we can just focus on the makeup, Bella's brick-red lipstick is actually nice. She's worn similar tones before and they always look great on her. Notice how it's also echoed in the coppery liner around her eyes. Her false lashes are a good set, as they have softness. But I don't even know what to say about these new hair colours. And the glitter explosion on top... why?!

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande American Music Awards 2016

Ariana Grande at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Ariana Grande American Music Awards 2016

Ariana Grande at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Ariana is wearing colour on her lips, for once! The rich berry is a welcome change from her usual dry, matte beiges. But I can't believe she is STILL wearing this ponytail. Plus, the lashes are cray and the brows are too grey.

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?

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