MTV Video Music Awards ’11: Beyoncé is preggers! Check out her gorgeous glow, the big reveal of Katy Perry’s lavender hair and more…

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Beyonce

Big news out of last night’s VMAs, peoples: Beyoncé is a baby mama-to-be! Which totally explains why I’m detecting even more glowiness to her skin than usual. Between that and her rad side-pony and the bright orange Lanvin dress, there’s no question she stole the show.

And you know who is probably not happy about it? Katy Perry. Ever since photos leaked of her new hair colour—which her colourist, Rita Hazan, confirmed to be lavender, not pink—I’ve been waiting for a proper reveal instead of that scraped-back bun we saw with the backdrop of a gas station. And now it has arrived, and I’m disappointed. The contrast of Beyoncé looking all kinds of gorgeous doesn’t help.

Come see what I mean—plus check out the rest of the red carpet-walkin’ celebs…

Beyoncé is sporting a rad side pony

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This woman always looks good, but I think we can all agree that she was EXTRA-good last night. I like the way she played this with low-key hair and makeup—a smart move considering music industry awards ceremonies are rife with over-the-top beauty offenses (we’ll get to Nicki Minaj momentarily). Her side pony is the side pony of my dreams, all soft and slightly wavy and dipping ever so slightly over one eye.

Katy Perry is becoming a cartoon character

VMAs 2011 Katy Perry MTV Video Music Awards 11: Beyoncé is preggers! Check out her gorgeous glow, the big reveal of Katy Perrys lavender hair and more...

So here we have it, folks. The lavender hair the way we were meant to see it. I don’t know if her whole get-up (including parasol!) is throwing me off, but I’m not digging this. At all. Maybe I’d feel differently if she decided to dress like a 26-year-old instead of, well, a six-year-old. And maybe I’d be more keen on it if it was a little bit longer and looser instead of this very contrived-looking wavy bob. But the combination of it all is just not good. Here’s a tip for Katy: try to study Gwen Stefani. Even though Gwen did the cutesy Harajuku thing, she always managed to look powerful and stylish instead of juvenile. It’s been so long since we’ve seen a sexy Katy Perry and I miss her.

When did Katie Holmes become this smokin’ hot?

VMAs 2011 Katie Holmes MTV Video Music Awards 11: Beyoncé is preggers! Check out her gorgeous glow, the big reveal of Katy Perrys lavender hair and more...

Okay, Tom Cruise. You stole Katie’s pretty and now it’s back—for maybe the first time in what, five years? I can’t get over how good she looks here. Sure, we’ve been seeing a slow return of the Katie we once knew… but this is the first time in a long time that I’ve seen her go for such a sexy look on the red carpet. The hair is especially good, as is the makeup—a sophisto neutrals palette with emphasis on the eyes. Well done!

Kim Kardashian tries purple eyeshadow with those spidery lashes

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So Kim has returned from her honeymoon in Europe (it was only five days; gotta get back to “work” and walk the red carpet, dontcha know?). I already miss the wedding makeup. Although I suppose Kim should get some sort of recognition for trying something new with this purple eyeshadow. I’m just not sure it requires so many false eyelashes. When I said spidery lashes were in for fall ’11, I didn’t mean like this.

Selena Gomez continues to look adorable (what else is new?)

VMAs 2011 Selena Gomez MTV Video Music Awards 11: Beyoncé is preggers! Check out her gorgeous glow, the big reveal of Katy Perrys lavender hair and more...

Selena is so cute, I can’t stand it. Of particular interest here is the eye makeup. See how she’s lined the waterlines all the way around the eyes and done an extra bit of smudginess at the outer corners? But the lids are still neutral with just gold shadow? That, along with the rosy cheeks and lip gloss, keeps the look fresh and age-appropriate. Plus, her eyelashes are long but not TOO long. Kim, take note.

Britney Spears cleans up well

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Goodness, Brit’s hair is looking pretty decent now, isn’t it? I’m sure it’s extensions, but I wonder how long her actual hair is? I would still prefer it a bit less Playboy blonde, but it’s not bad at all. Good makeup, too.

Zoe Saldana needs some lipstick

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Did I just write that Zoe Saldana never gets it wrong? Why yes, I did. But I’m going to have to retract that statement—at least partially—because I think this look is lacking in the lip department. Sure, the eye makeup is beautiful, and her skin is out-of-this-world radiant, but her lips just look dry and washed out. I yearn for some gloss or a subtle nude or pink shade… just SOMETHING.

Miley Cyrus shouldn’t wear her hair up

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There are some people—and I suspect I am one of them—who really shouldn’t wear their hair up outside of their homes or, if necessary, trips to the gym. Miley Cyrus is a great example. It’s not that she doesn’t have a pretty face, but there’s something about it—maybe a baby-face quality?—that requires it to be surrounded by more hair. Do you see what I mean? The other issue I have is that the eyelashes are too long, but that seems to be a recurring theme.

Demi Lovato demonstrates why Ombré is over

VMAs 2011 Demi Lovato MTV Video Music Awards 11: Beyoncé is preggers! Check out her gorgeous glow, the big reveal of Katy Perrys lavender hair and more...

Where do I even start on this one? Easily the worst look of the night in my book. I mean, COME ON, Demi. This hairstyle is Paris Hilton circa 2003, and it didn’t even look good then. I don’t know why people insist on curling the ends of their extensions like this—it just looks so unnatural and Barbie-like. Real hair doesn’t fall that way. And then there is the whole Ombré thing. I know lots of you still love it but if anything spells the end of the trend, this is it.

Snooki looks good here (for her)

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Yeah, I said it. This is still all kinds of wrong, but she looks better than we’ve seen maybe ever before. I don’t know why because if I look at all the individual things, they are as horrifying as ever. Garish eye makeup… frosty balayage… body glitter… long, square nails. (And people ask me why I don’t embrace nail art!) But there’s a sophistication to our Snooki now that I have to praise here. I feel like she’s so close to getting it right, you know?

Vanessa Hudgens goes for a 1920s look; I don’t like it

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Vanessa Hudgens does beauty editors proud a lot of the time. She had a fantastic top knot once, and when she lost the extensions I think we all rejoiced. I see what she’s trying to do here with this flapper-inspired hair and makeup, and I applaud her for trying something different… but I just don’t like it. The heavy makeup and stiff hairstyle is aging her.

There are no words for Nicki Minaj

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I do kind of like the turquoise eye makeup, though.

Tell me:

Which VMA beauty look was your fave?
Which one disappointed you the most?
Are you excited for a baby Beyoncé?

24 Comments

Arianne
Monday, August 29/2011 at 2:08 pm

I am CRAZY over Katie Holmes’ look here. Love the model hair style (and colour, which in my opinion is the perfect brunette). The makeup is not overdone, and I might even like the pinky brown lipstick.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, August 29/2011 at 2:53 pm

Yeah, I’m normally anti-brown(ish) lipstick but it really suits her colouring!

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Sophia
Monday, August 29/2011 at 2:28 pm

I laughed out loud when I saw Snooki. Her boobs look like a shelf that’s been collecting dust for years. Her dress looks like it’s been decorated with that goopy fabric paint from a squeeze tube. The nails need not be explained. I wonder – does she do her own make up for these things?

How lovable are B and Jay-Z? I watched a video of his reaction to her announcing it…too cute.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, August 29/2011 at 3:00 pm

EXCELLENT observation about the shelf! Totally looks like that, haha!

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Thomas
Monday, August 29/2011 at 2:32 pm

I’m so happy about Beyonce, its not often that a celebrity truly is a natural talent, and she is definitely an example of this. Katy Perry, what a let down!!!! This is not lavender!! This is pink! Granted, it looks slightly better than last time. But still, you could get that with some bleach and manic panic at home! Not impressed, should’ve just worn a wig. It is SO nice to see Britney not looking like a hooker drug addict!!!!! She really does look pretty here, (albeit very tired) nothing groundbreaking but she certainly has cleaned herself up. Oh dear Demi. No words. No words. Vanessa Hudgens should never have let a director cut her hair, end of.

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas xx

http://changingcoloursofahairdyeaddict.tumblr.com/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, August 29/2011 at 3:03 pm

Agreed – looks pink to me! (Guess I should’ve put lavender in quotes.) Vannesa’s hair looks so, so much better when it’s loose and casual: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2011/07/25/vanessa-hudgens-talks-about-her-new-haircut/

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Ilana
Monday, August 29/2011 at 2:33 pm

That is so funny, I had the EXACT same reaction to Nicki Minaj. I’m going to try that look with a palette I got from NYX. Great blog I’m gonna reblog a lot of your articles!!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, August 29/2011 at 3:03 pm

Yeah, I kind of like the graphic-ness of the eyes…minus the 500 other things going on with her face/hair/body.

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Gina
Monday, August 29/2011 at 2:37 pm

In my opinion, I think Britney tends to wear too much eyeliner on the bottom lid.
But she still looks nice.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, August 29/2011 at 3:04 pm

She does but I think it’s to detract from those under-eye bags. :-(

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QuiteLight
Monday, August 29/2011 at 3:30 pm

Vanessa Hudgens! I LOVE it! I would do that in a heartbeat. Soft, sensual, but still dramatic, and she doesn’t look like anyone else.

But I have a thing for the ’20′s look, & have done it to formal events myself. So, biassed, I guess.

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Denise
Monday, August 29/2011 at 4:14 pm

Agree with all except and with great exception Vanessa Hudgins. Love the finger waves, and with her length not many choices in the formal do department. I don’t hate the makeup and If you ask me Demi’s makeup just just as if not heavier than hers. It’s certainly harsher. She just did a lighter lip.
Having said that and understanding she was going for the 20′s vamp, I would have gone with a bit lighter shade lip color just to make it a bit more modern and eased up on the eye makeup a bit.

Best retro look of the night hand’s down goes to Adele.

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Liz Stanley
Monday, August 29/2011 at 4:31 pm

Kim K should give Zoe some of her fake lashes. She has too many but poor Zoe’s eyes look lifeless without lashes! And agreed with everything said about Demi’s makeup and hair but the fashion is terrible too! She should cover those puppies up and class it up a la Selena Gomez. And B is beautiful but I just can’t stand the lightness of her hair…she would look amazing with dark hair!

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katie
Monday, August 29/2011 at 4:31 pm

I’m so excited for baby B! It’s funny I always got that Beyonce was beautiful and stuff but last night’s the first time I saw her and went OMG wow. She looked stunning, seriously.

I’m done commenting on Selena Gomez, there’s only so many times you can say she looks amazing before you just become bitter and jealous lol. No honestly I love her eye makeup.

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Lisa
Monday, August 29/2011 at 5:27 pm

Beyonce looks gorgeous here!! I normally wouldn’t like that 2-toned colour of hair she has going on, but somehow it works on her! And everything else about her is stunning.

Katie Holmes has been looking beautiful lately. I wonder if her hair has extensions? Love it.

Katy Perry needs to learn about “grounding” her look. Especially now that her hair is pink (“lavender”) she needs to insert some serious-ness into her look another way. I now see why her black hair was so important to her look before (not that I ever liked her style, but I now appreciate how she used to look a lot more!). The Gwen Stefani advice was right on. It’s all about balance!

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Marina(Makeup4All)
Tuesday, August 30/2011 at 3:41 am

Ahhh, I love when you write such kind of posts. Because of them I even know more celebs by now, lol I agree about Katie Holmes, my thoughts exactly.

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marta
Tuesday, August 30/2011 at 5:14 am

I have the feeling that Vanessa IS trying to look older, as to get herself different parts in films and get rid of the HSM character, just a thought. She does look better when we see her running errands with no make up and her hair down.

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Liz (Beauty Reductionista)
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 12:27 am

Nicki Minaj: L.O.L.

I kind of like Katy Perry’s hair. Maybe she softened me up with the blue hair and this looks tame by comparison, but something about her colouring manages to help pull off the crazy.

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Jenna
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 5:16 am

I agree with you on every point Michelle! Katie Holmes is bringing her hotness back, finally! The girl is too pretty not too. And I can’t quite place it, but I’m also not too sure about Vanessa’s 20′s thing ( the dress, boobs, necklace… Something’s not quite doing it for me). But Beyonce! How unfair is it she looks that good while pregnant?

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Ana P
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 11:48 am

I love Vanessa’s look, but you are totally right – it does age her, which no woman wants. Zoe – oh no, some lashes indeed and a gloss or a few glasses of water for hydration. Poor thing..;)
Britney. Well, I personally think she needs a serious eyebrow wax/thread, and has for a long time. This is what keeps her from looking more polished! And I’m with Denise – Adele ! Adele! Adele! Not only did her performance deliver perfection, her makeup was stunning. I loved how she choose to use uber-long nails to work with her use of hand gestures during her performance.
And what about Jo Calderone? Theater makeup done well…

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Kat
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 3:27 pm

Hm.. sorry Katy, I’m pretty sure that’s not lavender. Looks more like fried fushia.. So next time you feel like adding some “lavender” to your life Katy, please stick to this, it looks a whole lot better on you : http://www.hollywoodcelebgossips.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Katy-Perry-in-Lavender-Dress-Revealling-a-Bit-Cleavage-AMB-000187.jpg

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Kat
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 3:48 pm
Meeka
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 11:45 pm

Yep, I don’t care how many times a stylist tries to make me say lavender, that is straight up pink. But yes, Katie (Holmes), Selena and even Vanessa all looked fabulous. I love the colors V used on her eyes, those types of purples are a weakness of mine. If I had to guess I’d say Brit’s hair is about shoulder length, there seems to be a lot of ends around there. I know what you mean about Miley and the hair thing. I’ve always thought I was one of those people too.

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Angie
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 5:11 pm

I appreciate what Vanessa was trying for, and I agree with the commenter who said she is possibly trying to age herself in order to erode the “Gabriella” image and attract more adult roles. I love the 20s look just on principle, but I think she could have either softened and modernised it with a subtler eye, or else made the old-school drama work in her favour by combining that dramatic, smoky eye with a devastatingly simple dress– maybe white, with minimal adornment? I think she could have rocked it with just a few tweaks in either direction.

For Selena, perfection’s how she rolls. Can’t even hate her for it, it just seems to be her gift.

I’d like to have seen Miley try something like that chignon Mila Kunis had a while back; the one that grazed the back of her neck and softened her face. Their bone structure isn’t dissimilar, so I think a look like that could have balanced out some of Miley’s curvature nicely.

Demi’s not had a great time of it the past year or so, which means that just seeing her out and about makes me smile. I’m sure as she continues to improve in emotional health, her hair will follow suit.

It’s surreal for me to see them all looking like this; I still think of them as those little girls I watched on the Family channel with MY little girl, and now look at them all– so grown up!

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