The annual Billboard Music Awards took place in Las Vegas on the first of May and, once again, did not disappoint on the beauty front. With the Billboards not being as ‘black-tie’ as the Golden Globes and Grammy’s, attendees were spotted donning an array of wild and wonderful garments and beauty looks. While some celebs such as Sophie Turner and Tori Kelly opted for low-key looks, others, including host, Kelly Clarkson and James Charles chose to make more of a statement with their appearance. Some of the hottest looks at this year’s ceremony included smoky eyes (again), dramatic cat eyes, and pretty pink and purple pallets.




What’s an awards ceremony without some smoky eyes?

Smoky eyes have been all the rage ever since the 90s when both the Backstreet Boys and the grungy look were considered super cool. Since then the look has undergone many transformations, and still remains hot on the red carpets of the world. Ciara complemented her vampy smoky-eyed look with a slick ponytail and a plum-colored lip gloss, while Olivia Wilder looked exquisite with smoky brown eye shadow that made her beautiful eyes pop. Mrs Nick Jonas, aka Priyanka Chopra added some dazzle to her smoky eyes with a brush of shimmery silvers, purples and blues across her eyelids.




Cat eyes everywhere

After the countless cat eyes that were spotted at Coachella, it was to be expected that they would make an appearance on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards as well. Actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter boasted perfectly symmetrical bold black lines that were perfectly accentuated by a nude liner and super-natural lashess. While Sabrina’s cat eyes were not excessively dramatic, Cardi B’s were the exact opposite! Never one to shy away from making a beauty statement, the ‘Bodak Yellow’ singer walked the red carpet with dramatic hair, super-long lashes, and some of the gutsiest, most angled eyeliner ever seen at an awards ceremony. With her striking makeup and gorgeous yellow dress, Miss B’s look was every bit as impressive as her 21 nominations. Even songbird Jennifer Hudson sported cat eyes, highlighting the fact that there’s a bit of feline in all of us.

Nothing wrong with purple and pink

Although many naysayers still associate colorful eye shadow with the 80s, an increasing number of celebs and plebs alike are adding pretty splashes of color to the lids, lips, and lashes. Taylor Swift, who has finally released a new song, absolutely rocked a pink and purple smoky eye shadow and pigmented pink lips. Julia Michaels opted for a more natural look, wearing a pretty rosy brown shadow, subtle eyeliner, and a sprinkle of holographic shimmer on the inner corners of her eyes. Although Halsey’s dress received some harsh critique, her makeup was spot on. She donned a striking purple lipstick, faux freckles, and a whimsical dab of purple under each eye to make her look positively ethereal.

The Billboard Music Awards have become as much about fashion and beauty as it has music. While this year’s Billboards have come and gone, award season is still far from over, with the Emmy’s, American Music Awards, and People Choice Awards all still promising to dazzle us with fabulous looks.