The Best Beauty Inspiration at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Rihanna, Ciara and more.
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Rihanna, Ciara and more.

Hot on the heels of the Cannes Film Festival and amfAR Gala comes the annual Billboard Music Awards. (Three red carpets in a row—we're spoiled for celeb inspo right now!) This one may not have the chic beachy beauty vibes we enjoyed in France, but there's still lots to see here! 

Rihanna

Rihanna, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Rihanna at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Rihanna, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Rihanna at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Rihanna's greenish eyes look so beautiful in this soft brown smoky eye with black liner along the upper lash line. Love that she went for natural lashes; the brown tone of her lipstick matches the eyeshadow and makes this feel modern (not boring). I always did love the bob on her best, so happy to see it return! What I'd change: Just brushing out her waves a tad. 

Ciara

Ciara, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Ciara at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Ciara, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Ciara at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Ciara's bangs! The length, thickness, colour and longer side pieces. Between this and her cool Met Gala look, she is killing it lately in the hair department! The soft makeup's great, too. What I'd change: Is bottom lip liner the new false lashes? I think so.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Lucy Hale at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Lucy Hale, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Lucy Hale at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Lucy's flawless skin, and how her purple eyeshadow is a nod to the matching dress. I think it works because the shadow is very sheer and well-blended, with lots of lashes and feathery brows. (LOVE her brows!) What I'd change: Nothing.

Kesha

Kesha, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Kesha at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Kesha, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Kesha at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Kesha's new haircut—the blonde colour, choppy bangs and wavy texture really flatter her. (Here's the last time we saw her. The bangs are better, right?) I also love her freckles and natural brows. The lashes are semi-okay since they're fluffy, and this is a music awards show, after all. What I'd change: Who doesn't have lip injections in Hollywood now? Does she have to be so obvious about it?

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Jessica Alba at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Jessica Alba, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Jessica Alba at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Jessica took a risk with this bold blue shadow in a dramatic shape, but I think it's working! (And if anywhere is the right place to wear it, this is it.) Her skin and brows look good, and she was wise to put her hair up and keep the makeup neutral. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Mila Kunis at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Mila Kunis, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Mila Kunis at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Mila has fantastic lids for eyeshadow, and this iridescent mauvey taupe is such a unique shade. I like her in an updo for a change. What I'd change: The shadow could be a little more diffused at the edges. 

Zendaya

Zendaya, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Zendaya at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Zendaya, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Zendaya at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Zendaya's impossibly shiny, straight hair. That is hair commercial hair. What I'd change: Her brows are getting to me now... apparently these are known as #kelleybakerbrows. Too aggressive for my taste!

Halsey

Halsey, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Halsey at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Halsey, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Halsey at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: I find Halsey refreshing in general because she has her own style—the short hair, the freckles, the au naturel brows. Peach is a great lipstick shade on her. What I'd change: I don't particularly like this pair of false lashes (too spindly), and something is wonky on one eye—is that the strip lifting up?

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Priyanka Chopra at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Priyanka Chopra, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Priyanka Chopra at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: The contrast of Priyanka's low-key hair and makeup with the bright, low-cut dress. Specifically, I like her undone hair and the soft colour on her lips. What I'd change: Her brows—I'd make them softer instead of so sharp and angular. I guess I can live with the false lashes at her outer corners.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Kate Beckinsale at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Kate Beckinsale, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Kate Beckinsale at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Kate's shimmering, gold-rimmed eyes. So many people think you have to wear heaps of lashes and dark shadow/liner to "stand out"—but this is proof that a subtle eye look can be more interesting. Her undone updo is pretty. What I'd change: Some feathering to even out the brow tails might be nice. 

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Kelly Rowland at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Kelly Rowland, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Kelly Rowland at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Kelly's off-the-face hairdo. It looks effortless, like she just pushed it back out of the shower. I am also marvelling at her lovely teeth! What I'd change: More natural lashes.

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Meghan Trainor at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Meghan Trainor, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Meghan Trainor at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Meghan's purple eyeshadow. I'm impressed at how well she pulled it off, and how nice it makes her eyes look—she really has pretty eyes! What I'd change: She put extensions back in, and they look a few inches too long (and need brushing!). I also wish her lipstick didn't have such a hard edge.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Demi Lovato at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Demi Lovato, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Demi Lovato at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Demi's freckles. Always. Her hair also looks pretty here; very fluffy. What I'd change: This is way too much eye makeup, in my opinion, and whatever "contouring" is going on with the lip finish is overdone. She is so pretty—she doesn't need so much!

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Keke Palmer at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Keke Palmer, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Keke Palmer at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Keke's top knot with bangs (always an adorable combo), and the fact that she went so natural with her lashes. What I'd change: I still wish her bangs were longer—just below the brows would be ideal. I also find this makeup on the dry, matte side. Even a brighter lip with a creamy texture would help.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Heidi Klum at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Heidi Klum, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Heidi Klum at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Heidi's beachy waves—and that she skipped white eyeliner in her waterlines! Will wonders never cease. What I'd change: Does anyone really need to wear bottom false lashes? Come on.

Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Romijn, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Rebecca Romijn at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Rebecca Romijn, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Rebecca Romijn at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Rebecca's soft, fluffy, vintage-inspired waves. I think her colour is quite good also—blonde but not too blonde. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Laura Marano

Laura Marano, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Laura Marano at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Laura Marano, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Laura Marano at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Laura's skin is sooo beautiful. I dream of having this skin! What I'd change: We'd appreciate her skin even more if she didn't distract us with so much harsh black eyeliner. I'd also like to see her hair a few inches shorter, brushed-out and without the highlights. Imagine the contrast of that creamy skin against dark brunette hair!

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Ariana Grande at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Ariana Grande, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Ariana Grande at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Nothing. (Sorry Ariana.) What I'd change: Is she STILL doing this ponytail? She's too young to fall into such a beauty rut already. And her makeup is so dry, there's just no life here! The greyish matte overdrawn lips are a trend that needs to die now.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Britney Spears at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Britney Spears, Billboard Music Awards 2016

Close-up of Britney Spears at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

What I love: Even though Britney looks cray, you still kind of love her, right? That is the appeal of Britney. What I'd change: I'm getting Tanning Mom flashbacks. Obviously, her spray tan is way too dark for her hair (which is way too blonde) and her lipstick (way too light pink). And then black eyeliner and false lashes on top of that... oh my!

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