When it comes to memorable moments, the MTV VMAs has the market cornered. Every year, the VMAs give us an essential new piece of pop culture history. Think of every major moment the VMAs have given us—Britney performing with a python, Lady Gaga wearing a meat dress, Beyoncé announcing her first pregnancy, and more.
This year, we expect all the drama and flair that usually comes with the VMAs, but our eyes are turned to something else: the beauty looks. In the realm of award shows, most play it fairly tame with beauty: think smoky eyes, polished chignons, and classic lips. The VMAs, on the other hand, are a totally different story.
Every year the the VMAs, celebrities take chances with their hair, makeup, and nails, and that’s what makes it one of our favorite nights. Last year alone, Taylor Swift showed up with face jewels on, Lil Nas X sported blue-toned eyes, and Chloë Bailey had 3-dimensional nails. Keep reading for the best beauty looks at the 2023 VMAs—I promise, you won’t be disappointed.