MTV's annual Video Music Awards, a.k.a. the VMAs, took place this week... and there were two schools of thought on the red carpet!
One group went artsy with fashion-forward eye appliqués, unconventional shadow colours and runway-inspired hairstyles. The other embraced false lashes, contour and exaggerated brows—I think you know where I stand on those!
Take a look for yourself, and let me know how you feel:
What I like: Rita's super-luminous skin, decorative eye appliqués and thick fringe of lashes. Slicking her hair back and doing the lips nude and glossy keeps it all in balance. What I'd change: Nothing.
Rita is wearing: Toner • Face mask • Eyeshadow in Entrapment • Eyeshadow in Gilty Pleasure • Blush in Blaze Bronze • Highlighter in Show Divine Glow • Eyeliner in Xtreme Black • Eye appliqués in Frou-Frou • False lashes
What I like: Blake's medium pink lipstick and clean eye makeup—just mascara and a bit of highlighter at the inner corners. If only her outfit was as minimal as this hair and makeup! What I'd change: I'd fill in her brows some more in the centre, so the shape is more tapered.
Blake is wearing: Highlighter
What I like: Amandla's metallic reddish-copper shadow with full brows and a sheer pinky gloss. I also love her new bob and bangs! (This was her hair last time we saw her.) What I'd change: Nothing.
Amandla is wearing: Makeup palette in Bronze Seduction
What I like: Karlie's soft, tousled blonde layers with flushed cheeks and just-bitten lips. Notice the darker roots and brows, which gives it a little "edge." What I'd change: Nothing.
What I like: Jasmine's matte blackberry lipstick, silver smoky eyes and tight top knot. Honestly, it's my favourite look from afar... What I'd change: Alas, the heavy skin finish lets this down when you get close-up. Shame she didn't do her foundation like this!
What I like: Camila's half-up wavy hair. Normally, I'd find this style a bit dated, but she makes it look so good! Her skin is gorgeous, and the red lips are lovely and creamy. What I'd change: The blush is too heavy and pink, and the eyes need a lighter touch (no false lashes and subtler liner).
Camila is wearing: Foundation • Concealer • Powder • Bronzer in Medium • Highlighter in Sunlight • Highlighter in Moonlight • Eyeshadow in In Love • Eyeshadow in Oh-Na-Na • Eyeshadow in Control • Eyeliner • Mascara • Brow colour in Medium • Lip liner in In-Matte-Uated With You • Lipstick in Devil's Matte-Vocate Red
What I like: Olivia's beachy hair, fine highlights, and pop of purple liner underneath her lower lash lines. I appreciate how bare she went on her makeup, to contrast with her over-the-top dress. What I'd change: I'd probably do darker purple liner, but in thinner lines, right in the waterlines. And gosh, her upper lip filler is so distracting!
What I like: Anna's flawless skin, soft smoky eyes and peach blush and lipstick. Also very into the smooth hair she's been wearing lately! What I'd change: Maybe a little less powder, especially under her eyes.
What I like: Shanina's bold inner corner highlights, long lashes, rosy lipstick and piece-y curls. (Is piece-y coming back? I think it might be!) I could stare at her face for days. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I like: Sabrina's shimmery pink shadow, matching glossy lipstick and full, dark brows. It's so nice to see her in an updo for a change! I love the face-framing blonde pieces. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I like: Madison's graphic cat eyes, straight hair and nude lips. She's got one strategic blonde highlight on either side of her face, and I think it actually looks good! (The '90s are clearly back in full force.) What I'd change: I don't like the lashes, the foundation's kinda heavy, and her lower lip liner isn't blended.
What I like: Bebe's bleached-blonde shag cut... some people just look good with damage, you know? I think the baby-pink lipstick and heavy smoky eye are working for her as well. What I'd change: Her under-eye concealer is too yellow.
What I like: Winnie's high-gloss peachy-pink lips, gold eyeshadow and straight hair. What I'd change: She doesn't need the strong silver highlight at her inner corners... I think that and the lashes cheapen this a bit.
What I like: Shay's off-the-face hair and bronzey glow. Yes, she's wearing a lot of makeup, but her skin appears to be in amazing condition. What I'd change: I could live with the contouring, but the drawn-on brows, spidery lashes and goopy lip gloss are too much!
What I like: Kylie's updo is sort of cute, and I like the pink blush and rosy-nude lipstick (although I don't believe for a second that she's "filler-free" now). What I'd change: What's up with the crazy drawn-on eyebrows?! Also not into her rooty blonde, curly false lashes, heavy skin finish and dated eyeshadow. And yet... she owns a multimillion-dollar makeup company.
What I like: Cardi's "Mom" haircut kind of ups her sophistication in a way, wouldn't you agree? What I'd change: There's way too much going on with this eye makeup! The shimmery gold would've been okay without the heavy black shading, over-the-top lashes and purple under-eyes.
What I like: Jennifer's honey blonde hair is gorgeous, even though I miss her long bob! (Which one is the wig?) What I'd change: As usual, her makeup is perplexing... such heavy contouring, insane false lashes, messy brow filling and overdrawn lips in gloss. She's had the same makeup artist since 2000, so that might explain it.
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) look on this red carpet?