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'90s Beauty Is Back at the Billboard Music Awards

May 20 2012 - 8:59pm

Music award shows always bring some risk-taking looks to the red carpet, and the Billboard Music Awards didn't disappoint. If the show's beauty looks are any indication, the '90s are back with a vengeance. Look for the comeback of goth lips, Manic Panic hair, and even one of Gwen Stefani [1]'s most controversial styles. There was beauty inspiration to last for days, from Miley Cyrus [2] and her daring choice to Brandy and Monica spottings — see, we told you it was a '90s fest! Read on to see the looks up close.

Alicia Keys

An oversized twist and glossy berry lip made Alicia stand out in all the right ways.

Carrie Underwood

When wearing a strapless dress like Carrie, apply luminizer to make your shoulders and collarbones gleam.

Nelly Furtado

Dramatic, deep sea-foam eye shadow, along with flirty faux lashes, make the singer's features stand out — not a small feat, considering those earrings.


A honey-hued braid and metallic eye shadow give the singer a glamorously soft look. But is the pink gloss a hit or a miss?

Zooey Deschanel

It's no surprise that the singer and actress chose a retro-inspired updo — vintage is her signature style. Orange-red lips keep things just modern enough on the makeup front.

Julianne Hough

Long waves and a dramatic side part frame Julianne's face elegantly.

Taylor Swift

Copper liner frames Taylor's eyes, adding a decidedly sexy vibe to the singer's good-girl looks.

Lisa Marie Presley

The choice for Elvis's daughter? Shimmery moss-toned eyeliner and a nude lip.

Brandy Norwood

Gorgeous, full curls and periwinkle eye shadow make Brandy stand out.

Miley Cyrus

What to wear with a daringly low-cut blazer? For Miley, it's a glossy lip (Tarte's LipSurgence lip luster in Glisten). For the exact look, top it with a mix of Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine lip gloss in Tipsy and Adored.

Jurnee Smollett

The actress turned up the volume with big, bouncy curls. Get similar height and fullness by using a volumizing mousse before blowing your hair dry.

Jordin Sparks

Getting natural-looking long lashes like Jordin's is surprisingly easy if you use individual false lashes. Learn how to apply them [3] with our video tutorial.

Katy Perry

Katy's goth-inspired lip look was created with Lancôme Le Lipstique in Portelle and L'Absolu Rouge in Rich Cashmere.

Amber Rose

The model's bleached buzz cut balances out the glitter and a bold red lip. For a similar crimson hue, try MAC's cult-favorite Russian Red shade.


Estonian singer's pastel hair and bindi were an (unintentional?) throwback to some of Gwen Stefani [4]'s signature '90s styles — but the labret is all her own.

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