AMAs 2019: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet

Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and more.
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American Music Awards 2019 beauty

At the annual American Music Awards, the biggest names in music get a chance to make a statement on the red carpet—and this year, it was louder than ever.

Among the beauty looks: a retro bob, red and rainbow eyeshadow... and believe it or not, bleached-out eyebrows!

Keep scrolling for all the hair and makeup you need to see.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez American Music Awards 2019

Selena Gomez at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Selena Gomez American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Selena Gomez at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Unpopular opinion: Selena had my favourite look of the night! I know this hairstyle wasn't everyone's taste, but I've always love a curled-under retro bob. (Here, I think it really modernizes her almost '80s-inspired dress.) The soft, neutral makeup works well, although her skin finish could be a tad less matte.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift American Music Awards 2019

Taylor Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Taylor Swift American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Taylor Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards.

I've got more of an issue with Taylor's outfit than her beauty look—what were those boots?! But this could still be better. On the plus side, her skin looks flawless and the matte peach lipstick is pretty, even if the lip liner is too obvious. It's her side-swept textured hairstyle that falls flat, or maybe it just doesn't work with everything else going on.

Ciara

Ciara American Music Awards 2019

Ciara at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Ciara American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Ciara at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Can we take a moment to appreciate Ciara's insane bone structure? Those cheekbones! And her skin just glows, needing what looks like very, very little foundation. The swipe of blue liner under each eye is a nod to her outfit, paired with brown smoky shadow and a cool-toned pink lip. Really nice!

Ciara is wearing: Primer • Eyeshadow in Blood MoonJubilee and Vermillion Venom • Eyeliner in Blitz Brown and Blitz Blue

Katherine Langford

Katherine Langford American Music Awards 2019

Katherine Langford at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Katherine Langford American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Katherine Langford at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Katherine did a very editorial look, rocking what her makeup artist described as "red velvet eyes." The creativity here is amazing! Her eyeshadow doesn't match her dress exactly (which I like), and it diffuses into a blush, which reminds me of Rihanna at the 2017 Met Gala. The little gold beads along her hairline are the perfect finishing touch.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa American Music Awards 2019

Dua Lipa at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Dua Lipa American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Dua Lipa at the 2019 American Music Awards.

At first glance, I thought this was Hailey Bieber! I didn't recognize Dua as a blonde—here's how striking she looked with dark hair, so I hope she goes back to that. The high, cheerleader ponytail seems a little dated, but the makeup (or lack thereof) is okay. Maybe her brows were brushed up a little too aggressively.

Constance Wu

Constance Wu American Music Awards 2019

Constance Wu at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Constance Wu American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Constance Wu at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Seeing Constance in space buns was totally unexpected, but I'm here for it. This hairstyle gives her a much more playful vibe than usual. And the makeup has a lighter touch than the last time we saw her, at TIFF. I like the soft metallic liner and coral lip gloss, but perhaps her brow pencil could be ashier.

Lizzo

Lizzo American Music Awards 2019

Lizzo at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Lizzo American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Lizzo at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Lizzo went for a '60s-inspired look in shades of peach (even though it was her ridiculously tiny purse that stole the show!). It's all super costumey, but the makeup is actually pretty good. I like how the false lashes are long but soft, framed by a halo of diffused colour and strong brows. However, I'm not a fan of this hairstyle or texture at all.

Lizzo is wearing: FoundationConcealerPowderEyeshadow in Punk (as contour) • Lip gloss in Snitch (as highlighter) • Eyeshadow in No ShameEyeshadow in Guilt Trip, Jet, Hell Ride and WildheartEyeliner in StarfireBrow pencil in Dark DrapesLip liner in 1993Lip gloss in Star Stunner

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil American Music Awards 2019

Jameela Jamil at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Jameela Jamil American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Jameela Jamil at the 2019 American Music Awards.

I'm not mad about it, but Jameela always looks the same at awards shows. Hair down, bangs, cat eyes and a bold lip—it's only the colours that vary! This time, her eyeliner is super glittery, and the lipstick is a nice juicy berry tone. I guess when you find something that works this well, you don't stray from it!

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne American Music Awards 2019

Kelly Osbourne at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Kelly Osbourne American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Kelly Osbourne at the 2019 American Music Awards.

It's been years since I've seen Kelly on a red carpet—not since 2015!—and I have to say, she's looking really good. Actually, she might be the only celebrity who actually looks better in bright purple hair! I love how she styled it with bangs and a ponytail with a big bow. And it was smart to stick with warmer peach tones in her makeup.

Kesha

Kesha American Music Awards 2019

Kesha at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Kesha American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Kesha at the 2019 American Music Awards.

I had no clue this was Kesha, what with her new black hair that looks like she just stepped out of the shower! It's certainly a memorable look, although I wish her hair was slicked back (instead of these helmet-like baby bangs). Makeup-wise, I love that she doesn't hide her freckles, and the exaggerated cat eyes are super fierce.

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan American Music Awards 2019

Jenna Dewan at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Jenna Dewan American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Jenna Dewan at the 2019 American Music Awards.

We just saw Jenna at the People's Choice Awards, and this look isn't that different. Instead of a smooth blowout, her hair is textured and parted down the middle. But she stayed in her comfort zone with a muted red lipstick, metallic eyeshadow and loads of blush. She's gorgeous, but it's a little heavy (thanks to the foundation and false lashes) and doesn't feel the most current.

Jenna is wearing: Primer • Foundation • Concealer in Ocher • Powder in Medium

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello American Music Awards 2019

Camila Cabello at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Camila Cabello American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Camila Cabello at the 2019 American Music Awards.

I'm all for an au naturel look, but I can't help but feel underwhelmed by Camila's ensemble. The extra-long braid is something new, I'll give her that, but we've seen the same tousled bangs and low-key makeup many times before. She needs to mix it up a little!

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood American Music Awards 2019

Carrie Underwood at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Carrie Underwood American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Carrie Underwood at the 2019 American Music Awards.

You all know how I feel about Carrie's beauty aesthetic in general, but compared to her last appearance on this blog—at the 2017 Golden Globes—this is an improvement! Her eyebrows are more natural this time, and the eye makeup is a lot more toned down (although I wouldn't expect her to give up her beloved lashes). As usual, though, it's way too heavy overall. Does anyone else think she is doing lip injections now? Compare and contrast!

Halsey

Halsey American Music Awards 2019

Halsey at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Halsey American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Halsey at the 2019 American Music Awards.

After her girly glam look at the Emmys, nobody was expecting this from Halsey! While the rainbow eyeshadow definitely has some artistry to it that I can appreciate, I don't think anyone really looks good without eyebrows. Maybe it would've worked better if her hair was just slicked back, instead of having these extra crimped pieces coming out of her top knot.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera American Music Awards 2019

Christina Aguilera at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Christina Aguilera American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Christina Aguilera at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Remember when Christina did a super natural look at the 2018 Billboard Awards? We need more of that and less of... whatever this is. She actually has good skin, but you don't notice it with the distraction of the weird outfit, heavy eye makeup and swollen lips.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish American Music Awards 2019

Billie Eilish at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Then we have Billie, who discovered the best way to avoid all this hair and makeup business. The look is Chic Beekeeper!

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

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