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Kristin Booker • August 27, 2013

Beautiful Night: My MTV VMAs Experience with COVERGIRL


Me, on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, courtesy of COVERGIRL.

Me, on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, courtesy of COVERGIRL.

Sponsored: This post is brought to you as part of my partnership with COVERGIRL, however the opinions within are strictly my own.

Last night saw the fulfillment of a lifelong dream: a trip the MTV VMAs as the official COVERGIRL correspondent  for the MTV Video Music Awards. It was every bit the Cinderella moment you’d want it to be. Here are some of my favorite highlights.

First of all, COVERGIRL doesn’t let you hit the red carpet looking anything less than worthy of your own #covermoment, which is their initiative with MTV where they want everyone to capture the moments where women feel their most beautiful and empowered. From selfies or group shot with friends, these are the moments in your life that you feel your most confident, independent, authentic self. So, the celebration of the VMAs and all these amazing photos on the site are a way to celebrates your uniqueness. Using the hashtag #covermoment, the site pulls in Instagram and Twitter posts from across the globe, bringing together celebrities, artists, and users alike. Go check it out: it’s an awesome convergence of  beauty, pop culture, music and uniqueness through a mix of photos, articles and videos curated specifically for the COVERGIRL audience. Join the conversation. You’ll even see a photo of me (or two) from last night up there, most likely. 🙂

Outfit prep. I was so excited!

Outfit prep. I was so excited!

But, as I said, the evening started with my own covermoment, which means that I had to have a little help in that regard. Jennifer Fleming, a makeup artist who works with the brand for events and special occasions, came to my apartment for a little pre-show makeup party. I cranked up Madonna and we chatted while she created my red carpet makeup look.

Me in the car, heading to the VMAs red carpet with my COVERGIRL #covermoment look. :)

Me in the car, heading to the VMAs red carpet with my COVERGIRL #covermoment look. :)

Which I thought was pretty amazing! Here’s a breakdown of the products that Jennifer used to get my look:

Once there, we headed straight for the red carpet, which was absolutely crazy in the best way possible. From the looks we spotted on the carpet, serious lashes and winged eyes are the name of the game, but the statement lip was EVERYWHERE: port wine, scarlet red – get your lips ready to pucker up for your own red carpet moment, gals. 🙂

From the red carpet, there were two amazing looks that stood out, which were the COVERGIRLS themselves. The girls are super, SUPER sweet and so much fun. Here’s a breakdown of what they were rocking last night, straight from the brand:

Nervo at the MTV VMAs. Image courtesy of COVERGIRL's Instagram feed.

Nervo at the MTV VMAs. Image courtesy of COVERGIRL’s Instagram feed.

COVERGIRLs VMA Red Carpet Looks

Mim and Liv of NERVO’s Makeup Looks:

“The girls have such a unique sense of style, so of course their beauty looks have to be a part of that. The outfits they chose for the red carpet were insane, so the beauty look had to be complimentary!

 For Mim, COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Cream Foundation in Natural Beige (340) was applied as a base, followed by blush and two different bronzers for defined cheekbones: the Clean Glow Blush in Roses and Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices, and also TruBlend Minerals Bronzer in Golden Sunrise. The blended colors provided precise definition.

 On the eyes, she started with COVERGIRL Ink It! Liner in Black Ink and drew from the inner corner of the eye to the outer, defining the eye lid into a full cat eye shape. Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black was used to fill in the space between the outer line and the lash line. The top water line was filled with liner to enhance the thickness of her lashes. To complete the bold eye, she finished with Clump Crusher Extensions in Very Black.

 On the lips, a pop of sheer color was added using Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Pink Diamond (800).

 Liv’s beauty look was kept really simple with a striking cat eye. She used Clean Whipped Cream Foundation in Buff Beige (325) all over her face, and then set with TruBLEND Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Medium (415). Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices was used to contour the cheeks and finished with Clean Glow Blush in Peaches.

 A dramatic cat eye was created using a nude shadow as the base. She started with COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers in Mink (750), and then wore LineBlast 24 Hour Liner to create the sexy cat eye.

 Liv’s look was finished with a beautiful lip created using LipPerfection in Rapture (280) with a touch of Smoochies Lip Balm in Luv Bug (245) for that extra gloss.”

Nervo's nails, courtesy of COVERGIRL's Instagram.

Nervo’s nails, courtesy of COVERGIRL’s Instagram.

Mim and Liv of NERVO’s Nail Looks:

“Since NERVO was DJing the VMA red carpet, their nails had to make a statement! The Brooklyn location of the VMAs served as the inspiration for their nails looks – cool, yet gritty! NERVO’s electric look and sound definitely came through in their nail looks.

 For Mim, the base was COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Black Diamond, Snow Storm, Forever Fawn, and Golden Opportunity. To make the look really funky, bold accessories were added including studs, a diamond bow and gold chains. She even donned an MTV flag on one of her nails to pay homage to the VMAs!

 For Liv, the look was kept simple, starting with a base of COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Black Diamond and Snow Storm, with cool designs on each to give the look some edge.”


Becky G on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs

Becky G on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs

And then we had the adorable pint-sized powerhouse that was Becky G. on the red carpet last night (who was just so sweet to interview on the carpet!) Becky G’s look is as follows, also directly from the brand:

Becky G’s Makeup Look:

“Becky really wanted an “Easy Breezy” look to complement her outfit, so she went with a clean smokey eye, flawless skin and a juicy berry toned lip.

 On the eyes, Becky wore a shadow one shade darker than her skin color applied all over her lid, using a fluffy eye shadow brush.  On top, she wore COVERGIRL Ink It! Liner in Black Ink on her upper and lower lash lines.  The liner was worked into her lashes with a small smudge brushed to give her a natural smoked-out look. To finish, her lashes were coated with COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara to make them really pop!

 Becky’s skin was prepped by moisturizing and applying COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation. A bit of COVERGIRL + Olay Concealer Balm was applied under her eyes and wherever needed.  COVERGIRL Clean Glow Blush in Roses was swept along her cheeks to finish her skin and powder was applied to keep the shine away.

 Soft lips are always a must! Becky’s lips were lined and filled with a soft berry liner and applied COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Be Sweet, finishing with a layer of COVERGIRL Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss in Papaya Splash to give her a super juicy pout.”

Becky G's nails, courtesy of COVERGIRL's Instagram.

Becky G’s nails, courtesy of COVERGIRL’s Instagram.

Becky G’s Nail Look:

“It was Becky’s first VMAs so she wanted to wear something mega cool! Again, the Brooklyn location of the VMAs was the inspiration.

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm was applied as the base, and embellished with the bright Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstini colors including Bahama Mama, Lemon Drop, Sangria, and Blue Hawaiian. She wore a graffiti design, very reminiscent of the tagged Brooklyn buildings, which was achieved by tapping a sponge on the nails while they were still wet to mix the colors.”

More snaps from the MTV VMAs red carpet.

More snaps from the MTV VMAs red carpet.

After the red carpet and spotting some other personal favorites (T-Boz and Chilli from TLC and I had a red carpet moment), I headed inside for the performance. Although the iPhone photos don’t do it justice, seeing what you viewed on television was an earth-shattering moment: Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga were unbelievable live. The N*SYNC performance was right in front of us! I could have died!

Some snaps from inside the Barclays Center.

Some snaps from inside the Barclays Center.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end, and I curled into my chariot (another car ) to go home and bask in the glow of my amazing #covermoment night. Life is made of these types of moments, and we should share them. I’m glad you got a chance to share mine. Now, share yours! Post those photos to #covermoment and let’s see your bliss!



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