Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards was filled with larger-than-life musical performances, attention-grabbing moments, phenomenal fashion, and much-deserved awards — but the spotlight was also on the eye-catching makeup on the red carpet with emphasis on the matte lip and smokey cat eye trends.
Check out four leading ladies who stole the spotlight and slayed it with beauty bests thanks to the magical hands of specialized makeup artists and Urban Decay Cosmetics’ stunning and must-have makeup — including the new rich and buttery Matte Revolution lipsticks where the leading ladies of the MTV VMA’s rocked the matte lip trend. From red and pink to nude, and paired with either a smoky eye or bold brow, the matte lip brought serious #beautywithanedge to the red carpet with velvety matte color that was rich, long-lasting and picture-perfect.
Scroll down below to learn how “get the look” straight from the pros on trendsetter Kim Kardashian, awesome Aussie Rebel Wilson, “Artist to Watch” nominee FKA Twigs, and beautiful Brit Rita Ora…
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Get the Look: KIM KARDASHIAN…
MAKEUP ARTIST: Mario Dedivanovic
INSPIRATION: “Kim is wearing a beautiful army green Balmain dress, with slicked-back, “wet look” hair.
So we went with a simple but glowy “classic Kim K” look – a beautiful, softer version of her usual smoky eye and an understated, matte nude lip.”
STEP 1: Prep skin with NAKED Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($40) for a glowing, demi-matte complexion.
STEP 2: Blend Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Indecent ($26) onto the apples of the cheeks – this peachy shade makes the complexion look healthy and radiant.
STEP 3: To create a soft, smoky eye, first prep lids with Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20) to ensure a lasting look.
STEP 4: Using the NAKED Smoky palette ($54), lightly highlight the brow bone and inner corners with High, a light rose gold shimmer. Blend the shimmery, bronzy shade Radar across the entire lid and along the lower lash line.
STEP 5: Line the upper lash line with 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion ($20) and softly smudge it for some drama and definition. Finish with a few coats of Perversion Mascara ($22).
STEP 6: Line lips with 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 1993 ($20) and fill in lips with Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked ($22).
Get the look: FKA TWIGS…
MAKEUP ARTIST: Mai Quynh
INSPIRATION: “Twigs wanted to look glamourous, so what better way to do her makeup then with liquid black eyeliner and red lips!”
STEP 1: Prep skin by applying Dr Lancer Nourish Moisturizer to her skin and La Mer Lip Balm to lips.
STEP 2: Apply NAKED Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup in 7.0 ($40) with a damp BeautyBlender sponge. Dot NAKED Skin Concealer ($28) under eyes and wherever needed.
STEP 3: Dust Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Kinky ($26) on cheekbones and blend up towards the temple. DustNAKED Illuminated in Luminous ($30) above cheekbones and on the brow bone.
STEP 4: Create a winged cat eye on upper lids using 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion ($19). Finish with two coats ofPerversion Mascara ($22) on top and bottom lashes.
STEP 5: Line lips with 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Bad Blood ($20), and fill in the lips with Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood ($22).
Get the look: REBEL WILSON
MAKEUP ARTIST: Matthew VanLeeuwen
INSPIRATION: “We wanted to add some spice to the simplicity of Rebel’s dress so we went for a modern, rock and roll edge with her makeup.”
STEP 1: Prep skin with NAKED Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in 2.0 ($40), and use NAKED Skin Concealer ($28) to touch up any redness. Finish skin with NAKED Skin Pressed Finishing Powder ($34) for a flawless complexion.
STEP 2: Highlight the brow bone, cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with NAKED Illuminated ($30), and blendAfterglow Blush in Indecent ($26) under cheekbones and up towards the temple.
STEP 3: Lay a base of Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20) on lids. Using NAKED2 ($54), highlight the inner corners with YDK and sweep Half Baked across the rest of the lid and onto the lower lash line. Blend Pistol into the crease and slightly above it. Line the upper lid with 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in LSD ($20), and layer a few coats of Perversion Mascara ($22) onto upper lashes.
STEP 4: Define eyebrows with Brow Beater Microfine Pencil in Taupe ($20), and set them with a few sweeps of Brow Tamer Gel in Clear ($20).
STEP 5: Line and fill lips with 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Anarchy ($20) to create a base for lip color to grip on to. Layer a coat of Matte Revolution Lipstick in Menace ($22) on top for a bold pop of long-wear color.
Get the look: RITA ORA…
MAKEUP ARTIST: Kathy Jeung for Rimmel London and Urban Decay
INSPIRATION: “Rita’s black feather Vera Wang gown inspired us to create a strong, smoky wing-eyed look in black with a hint of deep purple and a neutral, muted mouth to keep the focus on the eyes. We took into consideration doing makeup that would work with all four looks planned for the evening: the Vera Wang gown for the red carpet; the Jeremy Scott pink print for the opening sequence with Miley Cyrus; the white dress for presenting; and the Jeremy Scott colorful print top and leggings for the after-parties.”
STEP 1: Prep skin with NAKED Skin Beauty Balm in Medium ($34) to act as a primer, then blend NAKED Skin Liquid Makeup in 4.5 ($40) in with a damp makeup sponge.
STEP 2: Dot NAKED Skin Concealer ($28) under eyes to hide dark circles.
STEP 3: Lightly contour – use the bronzer from NAKED Flushed in Streak ($34) in the hollow of cheekbones, blend the blush high on cheekbones and dust highlighter over the cheekbones to add glow.
STEP 4: To create a soft, smoky eye, use the NAKED Smoky palette ($54). Dust Combust all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone. Work Black Market into the crease and blend out into a winged shape.
STEP 5: Smudge 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion ($20) into the upper lash line, and 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Plushie ($10) along the lower lash line. Apply two coats of Perversion Mascara ($22) to the upper and lower lashes.
STEP 6: Fill brows in with Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil in Dark ($20), using soft, quick strokes. Set brow shape with Brow Tamer in Clear ($20).
STEP 7: Fill in lips with Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Nude Eclipse.
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About Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick:
It’s the third wave of Revolution – and this one is all about busting stereotypes. Who said a matte lipstick had to drag and dry out lips? Unlike traditional mattes, Matte Revolution is as rich and buttery as the original Revolution Lipstick, laying down tons of pigment in one swipe. It applies smoothly, hugging your lips and leaves a velvety matte effect behind. From neturals to brights to dark, dramatic colors, the lineup of nine never-before-seen shades is all you’ll need this fall. But it’s not all about appearances – the formula contains avocado, olive and babussu oils, shea and illipe butter, and vitamin C and E to hydrate and nourish. And to make it easy to distinguish from the other formulas in the Revolution line, it comes in pearlescent black case. Insider tip: for long-lasting color and clean lines, fill in your lips with 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil before applying Matte Revolution Lipstick. The creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula primes AND defines, grabbing on to your lip color to help it last. Together, they’re the ultimate pair for ultra-long wear.
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