36 Grammy Beauty Moments We're Still Talking About
The Grammys red carpet may be known for some outrageous outfits but that doesn't mean it's lacking when it comes to glam hair and makeup.
While celebs like Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have gone for an edgy look, others opt for classic beauty. In 2016, Bella Hadid took our breath away with her fresh-faced glow, and Adele impressed us as-per-usual with on-fleek brows.
Take a look back at the most memorable beauty moments at the Grammys below and tune in Feb. 12 to see which trends dominate the red carpet this year.
Bella Hadid, 2016
Honestly, we’re still buzzing about Bella Hadid’s phenomenal Grammys glow (and that super-sleek 'do). According to the model’s makeup artist, Vincent Oquendo, the secret to Bella’s enviable pout is—get this—eyeshadow! Oquendo used Kat Von D’s pearlescent “Thunderstruck” shadow ($21; sephora.com) to highlight the brunette beauty’s cupid’s bow.
Alessandra Ambrosio, 2016
The Brazillian beauty stepped up her Grammys beauty game with an eye-catching metallic teal liner, chandelier earrings, and an on-trend thick choker.
Taylor Swift, 2016
The bright-eyed 1989 singer showcased her flair for color with a bold, orange-red lip—the perfect accessory to complement her modern bob.
The "1,2 Step" songstress made headlines with her barely there high-cut Grammys gown, but her smoky eye truly stole the show.
Tove Lo, 2016
Lo lit up the red carpet with this ruby-hued cat-eye look, complemented by a pale pink lip.
Queen Bey opted for fresh, glowing makeup in neutral tones, which she complemented with undone waves. To recreate the look, the star's hairstylist Kim Kimble recommends adding a volumizer like Pantene Pro-V's Body Booster Spray ($6; drugstore.com) to damp strands, then blowing hair out completely straight. Then, take two-inch sections and use a flat iron to impart a smooth wave, as if you're curling a ribbon with scissors. Give your ringlets a slight tousle and another quick pass of the flat iron to loosen the texture, then run a drop of Pantene Smooth & Sleek Serum ($8; amazon.com) to create a healthy shine.
Nicki Minaj, 2015
Minaj's lush lashes, glowing complexion, nude lip, and side-swept blowout acted as the perfect complement to her elegant Tom Ford gown.
Kim Kardashian, 2015
Drawing upon one of Kardashian's personal style icons Kate Moss, her hairstylist Michael Silva styled the star's new lob in soft, touchable waves by cocktailing Shu Uemura's Ample Angora Volumizing Mousse ($38; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com) with Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray ($27; bumbleandbumble.com) all over, then applied Kerastase Touche Finale Serum ($36; kerastase-usa.com) on her ends before rough-drying her strands. He then set each section into an S-wave with a flat iron, then finished with a coat of the Kardashian Pure Glitz Hairspray ($15; ulta.com). Her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic played off of the metallic tones of her Gaultier number and mixed the Anastasia Eye Shadow Singles in Soft Gold, Emerald, and Moss ($12 each; anastasia.net) on her lids, concentrating Emerald on the crease and outermost corners. With faux lashes and mascara in place, Dedivanovic blended NARS' Blush in Orgasm ($30; sephora.com) on the apples of her cheeks, then dusted the Eye M Glam Highlighter ($35; giella.com) down the bridge of her nose and across her cheekbones. "On the lips, we went for a classic Kim K nude, which she loves," he says. "I used Tom Ford's Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked ($46; nordstrom.com)."
Because Rihanna's epic Giambattista Valli dress made such a statement, the star balanced the effect with minimalist makeup, bold brows, and a low-key updo.
Lady Gaga, 2015
Gaga kept her metallic streak going into her makeup with a shimmery smoky eye, which got an unexpected twist of teal. Her makeup artist Sarah Tanno used the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Tin ($25; shiseido.com) as a base color, then followed with the Caviar hue on her outer corners and the Luminizing Eye Color Trio in Lido ($33; shiseido.com) over the top. After defining her lash line with black eye pencil and a few coats of mascara, Tanno swept the Luminizing Satin Face Color blushes in Starfish and Petal ($30 each; shiseido.com) onto the apples of Gaga's cheeks, and paired the hue with a coral lip, mixing the Lip Pencil in Hazel ($20; shiseido.com) with the Lacquer Rouge in Carnelian ($25; shiseido.com), one of the star's favorite products. Her timeless Hollywood waves, styled by Frederic Aspiras, tied the whole look together. To form the defined texture, the pro applied both the Matrix StyleLink Volume Builder Mousse with the Matrix Volume Booster (matrix.com for store locations), then used a boar bristle brush to dry her hair, starting at the nape of the neck. Once finished, he prepped individual sections with the Matrix Heat Buffer (matrix.com for locations), wound each area around a medium-barrel curling iron, then pinned the ringlets in place to set. After her hair had cooled completely, Aspiras ran the Matrix Gloss Booster (matrix.com for locations) through her mid-lengths and ends to break up the curls. Around the crown, he applied the Matrix StyleLink Height Riser (matrix.com for locations) to pump up the volume, and topped off the effect with a veil of the Texture Builder Spray (matrix.com for locations).
Katy Perry, 2015
Just before hitting the carpet, Perry debuted a brand new lavender hue, which she paired with a soft metallic eye and glossy lip. "This is what I call a 'balanced' look. Often makeup looks are 'all about the lips' or 'all about the eyes' with the other features playing a supporting role," says her makeup artist Jake Bailey. "This is an ensemble cast of colors." After setting a flawless canvas with CoverGirl's Stay Fabulous Outlast Foundation ($13; ulta.com), he used the Eye Quad in Blooming Bushes ($8; ulta.com) to sculpt out her eyes. "I began with the darkest shade, blending it into the crease and outer corners to elongate and add depth," says Bailey. "Then, I used the second-darkest shade along the middle of her lids, the third on the inner lid, and the lightest shade as a highlighter concentrated on the innermost corners of the eye and the brow bone." He applied a thick sweep of CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner ($9; ulta.com) and followed with a few generous coats of CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara ($8; ulta.com). Once her powder and blush were in place, Bailey finished by layering the Colorlicious Lipstick in Sultry Sienna ($7; ulta.com) with the lip gloss in Melted Toffee ($8; ulta.com) to create the perfect nude hue.
Taylor Swift, 2015
The singer mirrored the turquoise ombre tones of her Elie Saab number with a swipe of aquamarine shadow along her lower lashes, and also concentrated the color on the outer corners of her eyes. Swift's collarbone-length lob was given a smooth blowout, which got a graphic touch with the addition of her precise side-part.
Ariana Grande, 2015
With her trademark high pony in place, Grande went for an Earth-toned neutral palette and a dramatic cat-eye.
Iggy Azalea, 2015
Would an updo worn any other way spark as big of a social media trend? Only moments after stepping out onto the red carpet, Azalea's plait got its own Twitter account. "Iggy wears braids so well, and she likes to have her hair up and away from her face---especially while performing," says the star's hairstylist Ursula Stephen. "The silhouette of her dress was classic and I felt going with a classic updo would have been very predictable. I wanted to give her a young vibe with a sprinkle of edge." To create the look, Stephen parted Azalea's hair into two even sections, then began braiding both sides starting at the nape of her neck, with the Motions Shine Enhancing Pomande ($6; walmart.com) applied throughout to create hold and shine. After pulling out the plaits for a more voluminous appearance, she overlapped each one at the front, pinned them into place, then added a veil of Motions Light Working Spritz ($9; walmart.com) to finish.
Katy Perry, 2014
With braided hairstyles dominating the red carpet, none other than Katy Perry took the trend to a whole new level with a larger-than-life top knot.
complemented her shimmering gold gown (and growing baby bump!) with metallic shadow and a sexy, sun-kissed glow.
The 17 year-old newcomer-who took home awards for for Best Pop Solo Performance, and Song of the Year-accepted her honors in a winning deep plum lipstick.
Always one to impress us with her retro-inspired beauty looks, Adele's lush lashes certainly deserved a standing ovation of their own. "To give the eyes a polished yet understated feel, place lashes along the entire upper lashline before building up density with Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara ($28; lancome-usa.com) along the top and bottom," her makeup artist Michael Ashton said.
is a pro at working a statement lip, but the true crimson hue she wore acted as the finishing touch to her red Azzedine Alaia number.
Taylor Swift, 2013
played up the ethereal feeling of her J. Mendel ensemble with a braided updo that held a slight Greek goddess feeling.
Carrie Underwood, 2013
Veering from her standard pale shimmery shadows, Carrie Underwood went for a sexy smoky eye to complement her Roberto Cavalli number. "I thought sticking with something classic and glam would be good," she said.
Kelly Rowland, 2013
We love how Kelly Rowland's brow-skimming fringe mirrored the sleek cutout lines of her daring Georges Chakra gown. "I feel good tonight," Rowland said. "I feel comfortable."
The singer ditched her riotous red for shaggy, beachy bangs in a golden blond.
Not only did she win a whopping six Grammys, but the singer sported pitch-perfect hair and makeup: Lightened retro waves, graphic eyeliner, and satiny crimson lipstick.
Katy Perry, 2012
How could a blue pompadour be subdued and classic, you might ask? When paired with a baby blue dress and well-balanced makeup, of course.
Nicki Minaj, 2011
This day in age, firsts are almost impossible. Minaj’s leopard-spray-painted platinum bouffant was truly one-of-a-kind.
Lady Gaga, 2010
For her first appearance at the Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga didn’t disappoint in an ombre yellow wig, bubblegum pink lips, and heavy metallic shadow.
Taylor Swift, 2008
The Best New Artist nominee was also America’s reigning sweetheart with her perfect ringlets and fairydust eye shadow.
We were crazy in love with both the voluminous updo of tumbling curls and the singer’s lit-from-within glow.
Britney Spears, 2002
- While she would later experiment with shorter styles, on this night her wild ringlets reached impressive lengths.
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