My initial thoughts when going through the photos from the VMA's were
1. Man bronzer
2. Lady Gaga has a nice face when not covered with fashion-art
3. I don't know who most of these people are
Then I thought, there are so many terrible...I mean interesting things going on here fashion-wise it's easy to pick out my favourites. AND there were some delicious make up moments too, which reminded me of our very exciting collaboration with www.crushcosmetics.com.au - Check them out for incredible, affordable brands such as NYX (which is hard to get in NZ) and Lime Crime.
But first, an extra special mention to Aubrey O'Day from Danity Kane who wore a Melie Bianco clutch! How awesome to see someone on the red carpet with an accessory that normal people can actually buy!
You can always count on a girl group for colour co-ordination. That Melie Bianco clutch fits in perfectly
In terms of prettiness, I think the best has to be Taylor Swift:
Give her hair stylist a medal, then teach me how to do that look.
It's so good to see a hairstyle that isn't either long and straight, long and wavy, short and pixi. Marilyn would be proud. Taylor isn't carrying a bag, (actually, a lot of them weren't...where did they put their stuff?!) but if she were, I think this one would have been perfect - it's pleasantly simple; that amazing dress, hair and make up doesn't need much accompaniment.
Our new addition to the family, Olga Berg
In terms of her make up, that matte red lip is working so well. Wet'n'Wild have a line of lipsticks called Megalast lip colour, and they are actually so good. I have Cherry Bomb and I swear the quality is high-brand worthy. Try Coral-ine or Stoplight Red from www.crushcosmetics.com.au
Wet'n'Wild have conquered the perfect matte lipstick
The next is Ciara - she looks like J-Lo dress-wise, but her make up is so perfect I can't even bear it.
I don't want to be picky, but I sort of wish her hair was tied up
I've trawled through www.crushcosmetics.com.au and found these three items that would be great for recreating Ciara's smoky eye in brown/bronze, highlighted skin and pale lips. Sleek is another incredible brand that focuses strongly on face sculpting products and blush palettes (again, hard to find!)
Lime Crime lipsticks are highly pigmented and have the best colours. This one is called Coquette. The eye shadow palette by NYX is Champagne and Caviar, and the palette is the Sleek Face Form palette.
Next up is Rita Ora, if only for that incredible train. I hope she had a posse of people keeping wandering feet away from that incredible fabric.
Rita gave up her usual red lipstick for a similar shade to Ciara. But I think the outstanding feature of her make up is the brighting of her under-eye area! The make up artist has obviously gone to town with the pale concealer/highlighting application and it has worked. Try this one:
Lastly, Lady Gaga's face.
Her minimal make up with a statement lip colour relies on flawless skin, e.g a good foundation. This one is fantastic, and cheap, woohoo!
Smooth finish foundation
Set it with this:
Hydrating yet mattifying
Then slick some of this on:
Cult-classic, NYX round lipstick
And you're there.
We are so excited about our collaboration with www.crushcosmetics.com.au ! Get onto the site and take a look, make up on a budget is so easy thanks to amazing sites like this. They are based in Australia but ship to NZ!