The VMAs may be known for its iconic fashion moments, but the red carpet has seen some trendsetting beauty looks. Case in point: At last night’s VMAs 2023, Selena Gomez debuted fiery chrome nails and “red velvet” makeup, which have already earned a spot on our fall beauty mood boards.
Other standout makeup looks include pink cherub cheeks, courtesy of Sabrina Carpenter and Karol G, and vintage-inspired hair and makeup from Emily Ratajkowski and Doja Cat. Meanwhile, the clean-girl aesthetic showed no sign of slowing down: See the glowing skin and minimal eye looks on performers Olivia Rodrigo and Kelsea Ballerini.
But the biggest winner of the night? Hair. The red carpet saw very few updos, with stars opting to wear their strands down with long mermaid waves, like Shakira’s golden honey mane, or sleek and straight with a middle part à la Cardi B.
Ahead, see our favorites beauty looks at the VMAs 2023.