If there’s one thing we love more than the music at the Billboards it’s obviously the red carpet glam. Every show has its own dress code and with it, makeup looks to match. While we can usually expect full-on classic glamour from the red carpet, the 2021 Billboard Music Awards black carpet is guaranteed to showcase bold beauty looks as well.
This year's attendees delivered looks that had us rushing to Instagram for details—we've definitely spotted a few trends to recreate this summer. For every bold, glamorous, and downright stunning beauty moment (and all the details) at the BBMA's this year, read on.
Doja Cat loves a graphic look, and her BBMAs liner did not disappoint. Makeup artist Ernesto Casillas used Suva Beauty liners to create this 3D cat eye with bright blue accents that matched perfectly with her accessories.
Hair stylist Jared Henderson was responsible for her sleek multi-braid look. After flat-ironing her hair straight, he parted it down the middle, divided it into two equal sections, and ran a dime-sized amount of the Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Glossing Oil ($23) through each to add shine and moisture. Next, he braided each section into two long, tight braids, wrapped them with silver hair wire, and added a smaller sideburn braid on each side. Once the style was set, Henderson secured the look with a generous amount of the Joico Power Spray ($19) to make sure it lasted through her BBMA performance.
We're still not over Priyanka’s soft glam. Makeup artist Mary Phillips paired Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner ($8) in Brown Nude with a peachy nude shade for this terracotta lip. That subtle flush of color on the cheeks is Crème Puff Blush ($7) in Alluring Rose & Seductive Pink.
For her sparkling mani, nail artist Kimmie Kyees used OPI’s Gel Color ($11) in Suzie’s Slinging Mezcal with a few extra gold foil flecks for a gilded accent. She added in a few swirls of a nude shade to match her gown like OPI's Gel Color ($11) in I'm an Extra and crystal accents.
For her sleek hair, hairstylist Bridget Brager prepped her hair with Anomaly’s Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask ($7). She dried her hair in small sections using the ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer ($249). To smooth the hair out in sections she used ghd Max Styler ($219) and finished with a hair oil for shine and hair spray to keep everything in place.
Alicia Keys didn’t let her bright pink Valentino ensemble upstage her glowing skin, courtesy of Keys Soulcare. The singer and skincare founder, who's known for her braids, accented this unique pattern with soft baby hairs.
Kehlani's soft makeup paired perfectly with her classic waves courtesy of hairstylist Kahh Spence. The hairstylist used Hot Tools Signature Series Detachable Volumizer ($70) to add volume and shine.
Sza paired her strappy dress with a bold blonde streak and soft waves—courtesy of hairstylists Tevin Washington and Randy Stodghill. Makeup artist Deanna Paley prepped the singer's skin with Charlotte Tilbury's Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial ($70) and Magic Cream Moisturizer ($100). For a radiant base, she used the Airbrush Flawless Foundation ($44) in three shades for dimension and concealed with the Magic Away Concealer ($32).
On the eyes, she used a mix of the Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow ($32), Luxury Palette of Pops ($53), and Eye Colour Magic Liner Duo ($30) in Copper Charge for extra glam and shimmer. The dramatic wing care of the Feline Flick Eyeliner ($30) and a few coats of Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara ($29) were the finishing touches.
Wearing her signature shades, H.E.R. makes a bold beauty statement. The singer's side-swept bangs and baby hair are just as show-stopping as her vibrant red lip.
We're getting princess vibes from the Saweetie's pretty peachy glam. For her bronzy skin, makeup artist Deanna Paley used Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfect Foundation ($68) and Divine Blush ($38) in Desert Orchid and Nymphette. Two glosses helped her get that peachy lip the Divinyl Lip Shine ($36) in Nude Venus and the Lust: Gloss ($28) in Bronze Divinity. The real showstoppers were her long pink nails accented with crystals.
We’re flipping out over Gabrielle Union’s hair and her gleaming skin. Makeup artist Fiona Stiles prepped her skin with the Dermaflash Luxe ($199). She added a soft glow with the Silk Hydrating Primer ($44) and cult favorite Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64). Dabbing a bit of Armani Fluid Sheer Glow Enhancer ($38) on the high points of the face added that extra radiance.
On eyes, she mixed Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadows ($30) for metallic lids and added a subtle wing with the Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil ($29). She finished off the look with a few coats of Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara and blended Armani Lip Power ($38) in #100 and #106 for a pout with dimension.
Her longtime hairstylist and co-founder Larry Sims used a mix of Flawless by Gabrielle Union products to get the look. With hair prepped with Flawless by Gabrielle Union Shine Enhancing Heat Protection Spray ($9), Detangling Leave-In Conditioner ($10), and Smoothing Blow Dry Cream ($10), he gave her frizz-free blowout using the ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer ($249). Pulling her hair into a ponytail he smoothed it out using ghd Natural Bristle Brush ($40) in size 2 and Repairing Edge Control ($7). For that perfect hair flip, he used the ghd Curve 1" Classic Curl Iron ($199).
Kelsea Ballerini's glow is courtesy of this unexpected but necessary product, sunscreen. Yep, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan used CeraVe's Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen Sheer Tint SPF 30 ($17) to hydrate, protect and add glow. We also love the iridescent lavender eyeshadow.
Dixie D'Amelio's graphic double liner has us doing a double-take. Makeup artist Patrick Ta used Chanel's Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack ($35) for the bold liner look and Le Volume De Chanel ($32) for lengthy lashes. He accented the liner with tiny crystals and Vitalumiere Foundation ($60) for a flawless base.
Megan’s makeup artist Monika Blunder wanted to create a look that complemented her sultry ensemble and use Charlotte Tilbury products to create a classic beauty look. She used the Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44) and Airbrush Flawless Foundation ($44) for a glowing complexion. For her rosy flush, she applied Cheek to Chic Blush in Pillow Talk. To accentuate her eyes, she created a strong cat-eye using Feline Flick Eyeliner ($30) and added dimension with the Instant Eye Palette ($75) in Pillow Talk. For her signature brows, she used Brow Cheat ($25) for hair-like strokes and Brow Fix ($3) to set. A nude lip, Matte Revolution Lipstick ($34) in Pillow Talk, pulled the whole look together.