The Taylor Swift Awards—I mean the Billboard Music Awards!—took place over the weekend in Las Vegas, and of course it was a star-studded red carpet.
From Kendall Jenner’s slicked-back hair to Zendaya’s nude-toned makeup and Rita Ora’s retro glam, the beauty vibe was as diverse as can be.
Here are all the celebrity hair and makeup looks that you need to see:
Kendall Jenner at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Kendall, you so pretty. I’m particularly enjoying the contrast of the pink lips against her warm, probably also spray-tanned skin. The wet-look, baby bouffant hair is pretty great as well, and I’m so glad she didn’t go too heavy with the eye makeup. Of course there are lashes—she IS a Kardashian, after all!—but they are in proper proportion and not overdone.
Zendaya at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
This might be my favourite Zendaya look yet! She looks so cute and fresh in the high, wavy ponytail—but the gelled, centre-parted front is that extra detail that gives it a fashion-forward spin. Skin is luminous, and the makeup palette is soft and natural. (But is it wrong if I like her just a little bit less now that she’s part of Taylor Swift’s girl crew? Z, I thought you were cooler than that.)
Rita Ora at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Wait—Rita has long hair again? When did this happen? I have to say, I like it a lot better than the pixie cut, although it would be nice to have it a little shorter than this, and styled a bit edgier. The long Hollywood waves are boring to me. It’s nice to see her signature red lip again, with fairly low-key makeup everywhere else. (Low-key for Rita, that is.)
Kylie Jenner at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Now that we know they come from a syringe, I can’t stop staring at Kylie’s lips. To me, they don’t even look natural (but maybe that’s the point). I also find her hair too solid black and lacking dimension, probably because she has changed her colour so often. The good part is the eye makeup. I really like that smudgy soft blue underneath her lower lash lines.
Taylor Swift at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
I’m not sure about this new shag hairstyle on Taylor. On others, it might be fine. On her, it seems kind of off-brand and even helmet-like. (I still maintain that long hair with bangs is her Life Cut.) In general, I would also like to see fresher makeup, and I just don’t get this new thing of having so much shadow under the eyes... it’s making everyone look tired! Final non-beauty-related thought: I haaated her white bell-bottom jumpsuit.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
JLo’s hair looks... expensive. You just know she invested tons of money and time to get this look, which is blonder than usual and very carefully Ombré’d. Also mega-layered and styled like curtains to reveal her face. My thoughts? I can appreciate the work that went into it, but it feels a bit too contrived. Meanwhile, she shows no signs yet of letting up on the heavy makeup and goopy lip gloss.
Chrissy Teigen at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Chrissy looks super-glam, but her contour isn’t blended very well on her forehead—which is surprising, considering she’s a model and all. And then there’s the eye makeup. While I like the metallic copper eyeshadow, those chunky false lashes need to be burned.
Hailee Steinfeld at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Those are some fierce cat eyes that Hailee is rocking. I kinda love them with the youthful high ponytail, plus rosy cheeks and matte lips. If I could change anything here, it would smoothing the creased concealer under her eyes, and taming some of those flyaway pieces of hair.