The Best Beauty Looks From The MTV Awards Cost Less Than $15

For red carpet appearances, celebs wear top-of-the-line custom couture, so understandably, you’d think that the hair and makeup would follow suit — all Givenchy, Dior, Tom Ford, etc. But, red carpet beauty often comes with a mix of highs and lows, as was the case at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Yara Shahidi wore an elegant Tory Burch pantsuit, with a $4 nail polish. Zendaya looked every bit a supermodel in a dark brown August Getty Atelier gown, while her slicked back hairstyle cost less than $20 in total products. There were drugstore finds all over the carpet, you just have to know where to look.

Click ahead to check out the night’s best beauty looks, and the bargain beauty products that made them happen.

Alisha Boe

The 13 Reasons Why star looked like royalty with soft gold makeup and romantic waves.

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Boe got her enviable glow from Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold, which makeup artist Beau Nelson tapped onto the inner corners of her eyes, brow bone, nose, and cheekbones.

Maybelline, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty

The soft golds and browns on her eyes came courtesy of the buzzy Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette. Nelson tapped the shades Citrus and Sugar Coated onto her lids to create a warm base, then swept Sweat Tea and Old Fashion into her crease for definition.

Maybelline, $10.99, available at Amazon

He finished by mixing two shades of Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nude lipstick: Amazonian and Seductress. He swept them on with a lip brush and highlighted her cupid’s bow as the final touch.

Maybelline, $9.49, available at Maybelline

Camila Mendes

The Riverdale actress had the half-up, half-down style and bright nude nails that we’ve been pinning to bridal boards for years.

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Celebrity manicurist Steph Stone chose a sheer tan shade to complement her client’s all-black ensemble. “Camila’s sheer black dress with a lace bodice came off as very edgy, so we wanted to choose a shade that softened her overall look,” sshe said. “Wild Nud e gave her nails the perfect wash of light tan.”

Essie, $9, available at Essie

For Camila’s hair, celebrity hairstylist David Stanwell, created a loose, half-up bun. “What’s great about this style is the versatility of looks from different angles,” explained Stanwell. “In the front, it’s clean and off the neckline, yet in the back you still have movement to give that bohemian vibe that we were after.”

Stanwell got the texture he was looking for by prepping her wet hair with John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse. He then raked a smoothing serum through her hair before blow drying it with a round brush.

John Frieda, $9.49, available at Amazon

To secure the top half of her hair into a bun without frizz or flyaways, Stanwell rubbed a bit of John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Crème between his fingers while twisting.

John Frieda, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Yara Shahidi

Her blunt bob and bangs stole the show — and so did that mod manicure.

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Celebrity manicurist Emi Kudo gave Shahidi a cool, two-toned nail look by mixing a matte and holographic shade. “We started with a light cinnamon nude base using Truth Or Bare ,” she says.

For an iridescent finish, Kudo layered the new Essie shade Going Steady, a milky ivory with a subtle green-purple shimmer.

Essie, $9, available at Essie


The actress looks like a million bucks, but recreating her sleek curly style will only cost you $20.

Unilever Hair Expert , Ursula Stephen, started by working a quarter-sized blob of Suave Professionals Avocado & Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioning Cream through Zendaya’s damp hair.

Suave, $3.99, available at Target

She then spritzed on a generous amount of Dove’s heat protection spray to smooth her hair, combat frizz, and boost shine.

Dove, $3.89, available at Target

After styling Zendaya’s waves, Stephen smoothed Tresemmé’s shine serum from her part to her midlengths for the sleek look.

Tresemmé, $5.55, available at Walmart

For a hold without any stiffness or crunch, Stephen finished with Tresemmé micro mist hairspray in level 2.

Tresemmé, $4.88, available at Target

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn’s ponytail holder will set you back $178, but getting that loose texture is a lot more reasonable.

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Celebrity hairstylist John D prepped Munn’s towel-dried hair with Tresemmé’s extra hold mousse, which he raked from her roots to ends.

Tresemmé, $4.88, available at Target

After styling waves with a 1-inch iron, he misted on hairspray (the same one Zendaya used) for soft hold.

Tresemmé, $4.88, available at Target

For even more volume and texture, John D. sprayed Tresemme dry shampoo throughout Munn’s hair and brushed it through the ends.

Tresemmé, $4.88, available at Target

After pulling her hair into a super loose ponytail at the center of Munn’s back, John D. finished with a final mist of the brand’s hairspray in level 4,

Tresemmé, $4.88, available at Target

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