The 2017 MTV VMAs may have been lacking a red carpet that was actually red, but don't worry — Vanessa Hudgens brought plenty of the bold color when she arrived.
The actress was sporting a lovely red dress with a sheer panel that showed off her toned legs, but we really couldn't help but focus on her voluminous hair and glam makeup. Hairstylist Chad Wood started by applying John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow-Dry Lotion on Vanessa's wet locks, which he then blow-dried and straightened. To achieve that polished, slightly wet look, Wood used John Frieda's Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème and locked in the look with some hairspray. We'll definitely be citing her as inspiration on those mornings when we actually just woke up late and didn't have time to blow-dry our hair before work!
From far away, Vanessa's VMAs makeup looked pretty simple. But once we zoomed in, we saw that she was wearing quite an unexpected, statement-making eyeliner color: red! Makeup artist Allan Avendaño used Christian Louboutin's Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner in the Rouge Louboutin Vibrant Red hue, followed by actual red Swarovski crystals for that extrasparkly oomph. Anyone else getting holiday vibes? Avendaño finished off Vanessa's bold eye makeup by using false lashes from his collaboration with Artémes Lashes, which will make its debut soon.
The actress kept the rest of her makeup relatively muted (including tan nail polish), opting for slightly bronzed cheeks and a nude lipstick, letting her fiery-winged liner do all the talkin'. We'll be the first to admit that we usually stick to our tried-and-true brown or black eyeliner, but Vanessa is certainly making us want to step outside our comfort zones and give this fiery hue a try!
Ahead, get an up-close look at Vanessa's slicked-back hair and red-hot makeup, and then check out the rest of our favorite beauty looks at the VMAs.