The 2016 VMAs Serve Up The Fiercest Beauty Looks

There’s no denying that the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet has been the birthplace of a number of historic beauty looks. Take a quick trip down memory lane, and you'll come across Britney Spears' crimped waves (2000), Lil’ Kim’s periwinkle wig (1999), or Gwen Stefani’s ‘50s throwback suicide hair roll (1998). And that's barely scratching the surface — Madonna, anyone?

If the awards show's colorful beauty history has taught us anything, it's that the VMAs are the place to debut a fresh new 'do or an avant-garde makeup choice. Safe is not in the dress code. So far, the red carpet hasn't disappointed. Pierced locs, matte lips, and Beyoncé — what more could you want?

We're having a hard enough time picking out our favorites, and we've only hit the tip of the iceberg. Click through the slides ahead for the looks we can't stop obsessing over. We've got visions of Blue Ivy's braids dancing through our heads.
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Sure, Bey's outfit may be the most eye-catching part of her look, but we're digging the metallic gold tones on her eyes, fluttery eyelashes, and sleek, braid-accented bun. The only person who can top her? Blue Ivy, of course. The fashionable 4-year-old sported a glittery headband and waist-length pigtail braids.
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Amber Rose's matte, razor-sharp red lip and reflective sunnies are simultaneously one of the most glam and chill AF looks of the evening. Sounds about right for this badass babe.
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We love a good slippery-when-wet hair moment. So naturally, we flipped when we saw Ashley Graham’s glossy tresses. The hero product of the night was Dove Curls Defining Mousse, massaged from roots to ends before air drying, according to Graham’s hairstylist, Renato Campora.
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Who said red eyeshadow isn't wearable? Rather than sticking to the typical smoky-eye shades, Stella Maxwell opted for a hazy halo of reddish-pink eyeshadow rimming her eyes.
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Winnie Harlow's free-flowing curls and natural makeup are accentuated with this drop-dead stunning veil. We can't wait to hear the story behind this one.
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Although we’ve had our fair share of #neveragain bangs moments, DNCE guitarist JinJoo Lee’s lavender, graduated fringe has us rethinking that decision.
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We never really thought burnt-orange leather bustiers would spur great eye makeup inspiration, but Joan Smalls makes a very compelling case for matching your beauty look to your ensemble.
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Singing sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey made their VMAs debut alongside mentor Queen Bey, and almost stole the show with their pierced locs, fresh-yet-fierce makeup, and conversation-starting nose pieces. We're sure their looks are going to be polarizing, but we think the girls slayed and we're so curious to hear how it all came together.
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Gold glitter, rosy lips, and a graphic cat-eye? Taylor Hill's VMAs look was a winning combination of all three — a beauty grand slam, if you will.
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Nicki Minaj decided to accessorize her royal-blue cutout dress with a subtle strobe, elongated cat-eye, glossy lip, and lashes for days. It was natural with an edge, and another key moment in Nicki's beauty evolution.
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While wind-creating lashes seemed to be the makeup theme of the night, we were stoked to see Halsey combine hers with a glossy, purple lip. That deep side-part and her textured waves aren't too shabby, either.
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Speaking of music awards history, the cast of Ru Paul's Drag Race All Stars transformed into ghosts of VMAs past. Can you spot Brittany Spears, Lil' Kim, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga?
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