Award shows and star-studded red carpets essentially feel like holidays for anyone with an appreciation for all things beauty. Not only do we get to witness countless red carpet interviews, performances, and of course statue-gifting, but we also get to feast our eyes upon the onslaught of hair and makeup inspiration our favorite celebrities bestow upon us. And although May has already been ripe with plenty of showstopping beauty fodder (from the royal wedding to Cannes to the Met Gala), we still have one last award show on our radar: the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (aka a beacon of hair and makeup inspiration courtesy of the most influential artists and icons in the music industry right now).
Sure, we're excited about the performances (obviously), but we're anticipating all of the amazing red carpet moments even more. Here's our roundup of the most notable beauty moments from the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Singer and songwriter Dua Lipa served up some major '80s glamour on the red carpet with a bold cat eye, glossy nude lip, and sleek, carefully slicked-back strands.
With sky-high eyelashes, Kelly Clarkson complemented her 2018 Billboard Music Awards beauty look with a bright coral red lip boasting a cool matte finish.
Jenna Dewan is known for experimenting with many a hair and makeup looks. Here, she debuted a blunt, chin-length bob with a center part. She finished off her appearance with some black and gold eye makeup.
To give her golden-hued strands a bit more edge, Julia Michaels sported a deep side part and a smoked-out cat eye with hints of sparkle.
Grace VanderWaal wore her short hair curled and accented her red carpet look with a romantic peach-tone eye and a nude lip.
Christina Aguilera recently debuted a fresh new look, and she continued to show it off at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Aside from her chic undone topknot, she went with a pristine nude lip and barely-there eye makeup featuring long lashes and a hint of earth-tone shadow. (Psst, if you're as obsessed with her falsies as we are, they're Kiss's Lash Couture Faux False Lash Extensions in Venus, $5.)
Demi Lovato kept her skin bronzed and glowy. A bold brow, crazy-long lashes, and slicked-back strands completed her aesthetic.
Bebe Rexha channeled a similar approach to Christina Aguilera's. Her platinum blonde tresses were pulled into an ultra-high topknot (with just a few strands left out to keep the look soft), with a nude lip and shimmery sunset-hued lids to finish.
Though she recently made the cut to a much shorter length, singer Maren Morris wore extensions on the red carpet to show off long, undulating waves and soft braids pinned sweetly on either side of her head.
Also channeling long, mermaid-esque locks was Kesha, who wore the trend in a shade of platinum blonde with a wide-brimmed hat to accent. She kept her makeup minimal with a bare lip and a deep smoky eye.
Celebrity makeup artist William Scott was behind Padma Lakshmi's sultry Billboards look: shimmering metallic eyes and a coppery shining lip.
One-half Audrey Hepburn, one-half Brigitte Bardot. Actress Alison Brie channeled a '60s beauty aesthetic with a petal-pink pout, eye-grazing fringe, and a perfect flick of ink-black eyeliner.
Bronzed and radiant Hailey Baldwin sported one of the most unbelievable glows we've seen all season long. The secret? Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish ($45) in Latte, courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo.
We'll just say it: Ciara stole the 2018 Billboard Music Awards red carpet, and her showstopping strands were the star. Those impeccable curls, that megawatt volume, and her bold center part were just breathtaking.
It wouldn't be a red carpet if Jennifer Lopez didn't make her highly anticipated appearance. To offset her burgundy gown (and those amazing leather boots), she wore a similar moody hue of shadow above and beneath her lashline.
With her hair swept low with just a few strategic flyaways to frame her gorgeous bone structure, Camila Cabello went for classic Old Hollywood glamour on this year's red carpet.
We couldn't help but stare at Normani's stunning hair and makeup. Golden eye shadow, an ever-so-slightly glossy lip, and a half-up hairstyle with loads of curls summed up the singer's red carpet appearance.
Halsey consistently gives us whiplash with her unpredictable yet inspirational beauty aesthetic. Her flaming eyes (courtesy of a mix of hot pink and red shadows) felt balanced alongside a light pink lip and a chic low ponytail, which cascaded down her back.
Bangs—aside from Alison Brie's fresh set—were noticeably absent from the Billboard Music Awards. That being said, we love Mila Kunis's version of the cut, which falls higher on her forehead, thus framing her shimmering metallic lids.
Taylor Swift's red carpet moment was all about that rich berry lip offset against her radiant complexion and a messy, slightly off-center updo. Her short side bangs framed her carefully lined lids for the finishing touch.
It seems like with each award show, Chrissy Metz experiments more and more with her red carpet makeup and hair—and we're loving it. For this year's Billboard Music Awards, she accented her amazing earrings with a punch of matte red lipstick and smoldering eyes. (We caught a glimpse of shining flecks of gold on the inner corners.)
Although Justine Skye worked with a more neutral (albeit glittery) color palette on her lips and eyes, we couldn't ignore gorgeous streaks of purple in her sleek half-up ponytail.