Celebrity Beauty

Taylor Swift’s VMAs 2022 Beauty Look Had Face Gems & Glittery Nails

Sparkling from head to toe.

Taylor Swift attends the 2022 MTV VMAs with red lipstick, face gems, and glitter nails.
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No star shined brighter — literally — on the MTV VMAs 2022 black carpet than Taylor Swift. On Sunday, Aug. 28, the August singer graced fans with her presence wearing embellished diamond-like nails and a jeweled decal eye look on the black carpet.

You can thank celebrity makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath for the stunning look. Swift, who was bejeweled from head to toe, wore sparkly decals around her eyes to create a graphic liner winged look. McGrath used the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership X: Moonlit Seduction Palette in the shades Skintense Glow, Rosewood Romantique, and Xtreme Nocturne for a shimmery base. Then, she used the Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Xtreme Black to line Swift’s eyes and added crystals above the liner and into the crease in a V-shape. She finished off the look with FetishEYES Mascara to give Swift voluminous lashes.

Swift also wore matching jeweled details on her nails, which paired well with her diamond-like high heels and flapper beaded jewel dress. As a finishing touch, she wore her signature bright red lip (in Pat McGrath’s LiquiLUST Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick in Elson 4) and her hair in a chic updo to let the makeup and nails take center stage.

Swift is nominated for five VMAs this year, including the night’s most prestigious award — Video of the Year — for her “All Too Well” short film. She previously had been promoting the video at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it seems like she’s eyeing total domination for future award shows.

It seems like a whole lifetime ago since everyone saw her at a VMA show; the last time she appeared at the VMAs was in 2019, performing songs from her album “Lover.” Although she won’t be performing this year (that anyone knows of), fans still enjoyed her presence in the crowd rocking out to some of the night’s most anticipated performers, like Lizzo and Vanguard recipient Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees for this year’s Video of the Year include Olivia Rodrigo’s “Brutal” and Harry Styles’ “As It Was.” It’s stiff competition for Swift, so only time will tell who will win it all. But as far as beauty looks go, hers is definitely one of the best of the night.