The VMA Look: Fringe
Fringe ruled the red carpet last night, securing its role as the fastest way to spice up your look without losing length. Whether you wear them blunt and straight like Nicki Minaj, or longer and to the side like Chrissy Teigen, the key to keeping bangs looking, well, bangin' lies in one of our favorite beauty staples: an oil-absorbing dry shampoo—and lots of it. (Find out how to style every type of fringe here.)
The VMA Look: Rose-Gold Lips
Pink-nude hues with a hint of shimmer reigned supreme at this year's awards, showing up on the lips of Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Taylor Swift. While finding the right neutral for you will depend largely on your skin tone and hair color, we'd recommend layering any pink-nude lipstick with a coat of Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Queen Bee, a sheer, gold color that will add sparkle to any shade.
The VMA Look: Sleek Blowouts
The only things shinier than VMA host Miley Cyrus's red carpet Versace get-up were the sleek hairstyles seen on Kourtney Kardashian and Ciara. To get their flyaway-free blowouts, prep damp hair with a nourishing oil like Bumble and bumble.Hairdresser's Invisible Oil; after blowing dry, smooth your hair with a boar-bristle brush and up the gloss factor with a spritz of RUSK® Hair Care Elixir Mist.
The VMA Look: Free-Flowing Texture
The VMAs weren't only about stick-straight coifs—we also loved the natural texture seen on curly girls FKA Twigs and Vanessa Hudgens. To get Twigs' full-volume lob, prep hair with a frizz-fighting gel, then blow dry with a diffuser; once your hair is dry, curl the front pieces with a wand that matches the width of your natural spirals. For Hudgens' boho texture, grab PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray, then follow this tutorial for soft, beachy waves.
The VMA Look: Bright, Fiery Lips
Say what you will about the rest of her look, but we have to give Miley Cyrus props for rocking a show-stopping red lip in a sea of nudes. stila's stay all day liquid lipstick in Venezia is a perfect match for the vibrant, red-orange shade and, better yet, its smudge-free formula will stay put through even the rowdiest performance. Bonus points for pairing it with a pop of color on your waterline courtesy of Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Sky Blue. (For a step-by-step guide to wearing bold shades on your eyes and lips, check out Birchbox BFF Deepica's tutorial here.)