Breaking down the look- Jennifer Lopez at the VMAs 2018

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Always on top of her fashion and beauty game, JLo dazzled her fans once again at the VMAs 2018. She looked like a goddess with her flawless makeup, lustrous hair and a glittery dress. The look is remarkable yet easy to achieve if each feature is well-taken care off. Here, we break it down in simple steps.

Prep your skin

Start the look with proper cleansing of your skin, ensuring there is no residue of any makeup which can contradict the look. Use cotton pads dipped in micellar water or make up removers for the same. Moisturise and prime the skin depending upon your skin type and the weather. Do not miss this step as this ensures that the makeup lasts longer and offers a smooth appearance. Opt for a pore minimiser in case of visible open pores.


Use an orange corrector to hide the dark circles and dark spots on the face and neck.  Apply foundation on top of the corrector. A full coverage foundation is required for this look but ensure it is blended well with a beauty blender or a buffing brush. Brighten up the face using a concealer which is one tone lighter. Powder the entire area evenly with a fixing powder.


JLO has opted for a brown smokey eye look. Use an eye primer/ base all over the eyelid. Select a medium shade of matte brown according to your skin tone and pat it closer to the upper lash line. Slowly blend the eyeshadow using a blending brush. Add copper in the middle of the eyelid and blend well. Repeat the process on the lower lash line. Highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes. Fill in the eyebrows to make them look natural yet a little bushy. Curl the eyelashes and add a heavy coat of mascara to add volume and length. Apply heavy false eyelashes to complete the look.

Contouring and Highlighting

This look is all about heavy contouring and bronzing. Contour the cheekbones, forehead and jawline to get that amazing sculpted look. Bronze the top of cheekbones well. Add a subtle highlighter on the bridge of the nose, cupid`s bow and chin. Apply very little peachy blush on the cheeks and blend everything together.


Complete the look with glossy nude lip colour. You can opt for a pinky /peachy/ brown nude depending upon your skin tone. Add a little bit of highlighter in the middle with your fingertips.


JLo kept her tresses long, blonde &  straight inspired by her ‘waiting for tonight music video’. You can use hairspray/ anti-humidity creams to keep the hair sleek throughout the night.

Optional: Nails

Get chromatic effects manicure to compliment the entire look.


  • As this a heavy bronzed look, ensure that the bronzer is blended well to avoid the appearance of patches on the face. Do not overdo the contour.
  • Moisturize your face and lips well to get flawless and smooth looking skin.
  • You can mix an illuminator in the foundation to get that extra glowy skin.

Voila! Now you are ready to shine like a trophy with this JLo inspired Look.

Article by – Kanika Bajaj, Makeup Expert and Trainer 

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