Machine Gun Kelly brought one of my favorite makeup looks to the 2021 VMAs red carpet — and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. Sure, the performer has been experimenting with long nails and…tongue art lately. However, he’s never fully committed to a makeup look (or at least not quite like this one) before.
For the award show, MGK bedazzled his face with stunning swaths of shimmering pearls. Strips in a myriad of sizes ran down his jawline, nose, and sideburn area. The unexpected look essentially contoured his face. As a face gem aficionado, I’m always on the hunt for new inspiration, and MGK was the only one to give me any tonight. No one else brought three-dimensional details to their faces for the 2021 VMAs, believe it or not.
I’m seriously impressed, despite the fact that it’s receiving mixed reviews. Someone may or may not have referred to the pearls as Christmas garland adjacent. Another called them barnacles growing on an old ship. I don’t see the latter, but I respect that nautical aesthetic, though. Give me a merman moment, MGK; I support it.
In fact, I might just recreate Machine Gun Kelly’s 2021 VMAs pearled look this week with some E.L.F. Face and Body Gems. I highly recommend these because you don’t have to deal with lash glue getting all over your fingers as you painstakingly place on each pearl. They truly cut the adornment time in half. Maybe I’ll even do a rhinestone version with red gems to echo his sparkly suit. Who knows? The world is my oyster, and MGK — in a strange turn of events — is my new muse.
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