The 33 Most Iconic Beauty Looks in VMA History

Updated 09/23/16

Anything flies at the MTV Video Music Awards—it's the reason why we tune in year after year (in addition to seeing performances from our favorite musical acts, of course). But while this year's show is sure to be a doozy, thanks to Miley Cyrus's hosting gig, we thought it only appropriate to look back on the most memorable beauty looks from VMAs past. Keep scrolling to see 33 of the most out-there makeup and hair looks from 1984 to today!

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Cyndi Lauper, 1984

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Madonna, 1984

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Tina Turner, 1986

Want some shag in your 'do, à la Tina? Try Bumble and bumble.'s Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme ($14).

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Lisa Bonet, 1987

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Christina Applegate, 1989

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Cher, 1989

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Sinéad O'Connor, 1990

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Madonna, 1990

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Annie Lennox, 1992

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Courtney Love (with Kurt Cobain and Frances Bean Cobain), 1993

Love's red lipstick is her signature. For a similar, bright scarlet hue, try MAC's signature Lipstick in Jungle Red ($27). 

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Janet Jackson, 1994

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Drew Barrymore, 1995

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Spice Girls, 1997

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Salma Hayek, 1998

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Gwen Stefani, 1998

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Lil Kim, 1999

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Aaliyah, 2000

Channel Aaliyah's sleek look with the help of a leave-in gloss like John Frieda's Luminous Color Glaze ($9). 

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Jennifer Lopez, 2000

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Destiny's Child, 2000

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Pink, 2000

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Britney Spears, 2000

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Alicia Keys, 2001

Fourteen years later, a swipe of colorful liner still totally works. Get the same aqua color with Sephora's Retractable Waterproof Liner ($13).

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Christina Aguilera, 2002

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Beyoncé, 2004

We're loving your glow, Bey. Get illuminated with RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer ($38). 

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Christina Aguilera, 2006

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Lady Gaga, 2010

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Beyoncé, 2011

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Katy Perry, 2011

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Lady Gaga, 2011

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Rihanna, 2012

Proof that sometimes simple is best. Get Rihanna's tousled look with a dab of Oribe's Fiber Groom Texture Paste ($32).

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Nicki Minaj, 2012

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Miley Cyrus, 2013

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Taylor Swift, 2014

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Honorable Mention: *NSYNC, 1999

Because, that hair.

Who wins the award for Most Iconic? Tell us in the comments below!

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