This year's MTV Movie Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, brought out some fresh new faces (for those of you tiring of the usual suspects), and just about every beauty look under the sun. Seriously, this red carpet is all over the place!
Here's your hair and makeup report:
Seventeen-year-olds, eh? Their skin is so annoyingly dewy and plump. Which is why Bella gets away with a super-simple red carpet look: textured wavy ponytail, sheer shimmery gloss, champagne shadow and fluttery eyelashes. (I think the latter are actually working well here, as they're at the outer edges only, and sort of melt into her liner, which matches her eye colour.) The lip, as per usual, is Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick and I think the shade is Fresh Papaya.
Scarlett! This is not your look! We all get the new mom thing, and can even live with the short haircut, but c'mon—what's up with these dark roots and frosted tips? It's like an ashy '80s Frost & Glow kit gone wrong. And then to try and match the brows to the roots... nope. Her Oscars look was so much better, even though I didn't like that one very much at the time.
Haven't seen Shailene in ages! (Not since Teen Choice last year.) She's looking rather effortless here, with a cool lil' braid worked into her hair on one side, and a bright pop of red on the lips. Her foundation seems slightly patchy/chalky; it's probably some hippie brand not meant for red carpet. She is wearing RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer and Living Luminzer. And that lip colour is a combo of Napa Vineyard and Redwood Forest from the new Burt's Bees Lip Crayon range I just reviewed last week!
Normally, I'm a Hailee fan, but the frizzy hair is throwing off her whole look here. Get the girl some smoothing serum, stat! And okay, the forehead sitch is a little distracting. But I'm enjoying the matchiness of the eyeshadow and shirt, with softly flushed lips and cheeks and all framed by her gorge brows.
Cara perplexes me, because she can sometimes look like the most glamorous creature on earth... and then other times, it's like this. Being a model, she still pulls off anything—but I'm not in love with this gelled ponytail hairstyle, and I feel like I have eyebrow fatigue. Just from hers, specifically. They've been over-exposed!
Gah! JLo just will not quit with this makeup lately. Why is her makeup artist giving her an Eagle (face lighter than neck)? And why does her eyeshadow always have to be this circular shape now (as per here, too)? I also dislike the muddy contouring—it's a good example of why I stay away from contouring in general—and as usual, the goopy lip gloss texture. It looks like she tried to pull a Kylie Jenner but in lip gloss, not pencil. It's not working....
Victoria is so naturally adorable, I don't get why she went so heavy here on the makeup. Once again, we have a slight mismatch on the foundation, which gives an almost greyish cast to her face. The matte pink lips are great, but the harsh black liner/false lashes just kill the coolness factor, know what I mean? The bouffant hairstyle is too extreme also.
Now this is more like it! Kiersey makes her Beauty Editor debut with flying colours. I love her curls and overall hair shape, and that the focus then goes straight to her big round eyes, enhanced with black liquid liner. I'd lose the white shimmer shadow and maybe cut the ashiness of the brows a tad, but overall, this is really good!
Designers keep trying to make this wet-look hair happen, and it's not gonna. The only types who look okay in it are models like Emily, who is blessed with ridiculously perfect skin, strong brows and full lips. Notice how she didn't mess up the look with false lashes or any heavy makeup.
See what I mean about unforgiving hairstyles? The centre-parted updo is tough. Brittany was served better by the soft, loose braid she wore the last time we saw her, at the iHeartRadio Awards. But I do like the slick of candy pink lipstick and her signature chunky lashes.
Well, this is a bit of a departure for Anna, who usually seems more conservative with her styling. I love the idea of this angular purple against the fresh skin, sheer lip gloss and bouncy, blown-out hair. The shape really extends her eye area in a cool, graphic way. She is wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in Iridescent Purple I-90, Artist Plexi-Gloss and one of the new Step 1 Skin Equalizers that I recently reviewed!
Let's ignore the bizarre plaid raincoat and instead focus on Charli's outstanding makeup. I'm obsessing over her perfect brows, creamy red lipstick and that awesome highlight at the top of her cheek. Also great that she didn't do much with her eyes except a bit of nude shimmer, and lashes. So good!
Finally, something from Greer that's a little more fresh. With her hair pulled back in a pony and a much lighter hand on the makeup, you get to appreciate her natural, youthful beauty. I just wish she'd get a better set of false lashes, or lose them altogether.
A nice effort by Holland here, who is looking pretty and sweet in matte pink lips, defined lashes and a little bump at the top of her low ponytail hairstyle. The only thing is that her brow pencil isn't a match.
UPDATE: Holland is wearing Temptu Color True Lipstick in Blushed Suede. On her skin is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl under Temptu Airpod Foundation in Porcelain and Ivory, and Temptu Airpod Blush in Nude Pink. Her eyeshadow is Jouer Long Wear Creme Mousse Eyeshadow in Galaxy.
Anyone else getting a Kendall Jenner vibe from Maia? Last time we saw her was two years ago, at the American Music Awards, and this look is equally stunning. It's all about the graphic (but soft and well-blended) shadow shape, with hair parted strictly down the middle and tucked behind both ears. Notice how her brows are left natural on the top—we're definitely moving away from the obviously threaded, angular brow shapes. Perfection!
It's Halston's first time on Beauty Editor... and I love that her name is actually Halston. For a 21-year-old, this is just right: nothing heavy, just natural beauty, loose fluffy hair, a bit of mascara and lip gloss. I'd love to see her brows filled in more softly.
It's Bridget's first time on Beauty Editor as well... and I'm not sure I can handle the iridescent finish of her fuchsia lipstick. Are we ready to embrace this particular part of the 1980s? I don't know. I think it would've been better without the extreme white highlights at the inner corners of her eyes, and the black liner, which make it seem dated instead of a cool, deliberate statement.
Love the hair, love the cheeks, love the lips. But Laura's brows and eye makeup could use a few tweaks. As with so many others on this red carpet, I find the brow-filling too unnatural-looking, and the wrong shade. With the eye makeup, it appears she added the shimmer shadow after her mascara and it got stuck on a few lashes.
Aw, this is super-cute... even if it is a little princessy and not the most on trend. I do have issues with Stefanie's foundation not matching the rest of her body, but otherwise I'm loving how the bronzey shadow all the way around her eyes makes 'em pop without feeling heavy, and how that colour picks up on the tones in her hair. Nice to see some hair accessory action also!
So close, Tinashe. So close! The top knot is super-cute and she has amazing skin, lips and brows... but the false lashes are effing with it all. I don't know if it's the lighting or what, but it's another case of one side looking longer than the other (and très spidery), just like the infamous pair worn by Sadie Calvano at the People's Choice Awards.
I'm ready for a new look from Amber anytime now. I know it takes a certain confidence to work this type of haircut, and I respect that. But I never thought the blonde worked well with her skin tone, and especially not with the juvenile pale pink shadow and lipstick combo.
Ashley looks like she's having some hair issues—not sure if that's lighter re-growth or actual hair thinning (she's only 22). I think her makeup is okay, and she actually does pull off these harder-to-wear cool tones. But I'd lose the lip liner for sure.
Katherine, this is not your Life Colour. Her hair is so very brassy and too light for her skin tone, in my opinion—it's taking away from her actually pretty features and decent makeup. I think if she dialed it way down, to a warm dark blonde, she'd look 1,000 times better. And maybe a trim, too.
Speaking of dialing it down... Farrah would make an excellent candidate for a make-under. Or maybe nobody is noticing her face since those implants are so distracting! I suspect she actually has nice features underneath the "Instagram brows", drugstore false lashes and super-dated smoky eyeshadow application. Why try so hard?
Yet another variation on Kelly's now-signature purple hair with shaved sides. (It's still not my thing.) But I actually like the blue eyeshadow and matte peach lips. Just not with this hair.
Jillian Rose Reed
Holy contouring, Jillian! She gets an A for effort, but the execution is all wrong—we're not actually supposed to notice where you put it. (This is why the whole contouring palette explosion has me concerned... do we really want to be encouraging this kind of thing?) On top of that issue, we've got a jarring contrast between the warm (and too heavy) brown eyeshadow and the cool-toned pink lips. And the false lashes are too much.
To wrap things up, I give you a bit of Bai Ling... and you know what? Her outfit may be cray, but makeup actually isn't bad. That orangey-red lipstick colour is great, and the Cleopatra eyes do have potential. Who woulda thought?
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Who had the best look on this red carpet? The worst? Would you copy any of these looks?