American Music Awards 2012: Red Carpet Beauty Trends (GALLERY)


The eye-catching fashions weren't the only trends turning heads on the red carpet at this year's American Music Awards.

From punchy pouts and notice-me-nails to bobs, waves and elegant updos, stars matched their glam gowns with equally glamorous hair and makeup.

Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, Lucy Hale and Ke$ha all wore their hair down in Veronica Lake-esque waves, while Elisha Cuthbert and Heidi Klum countered their gold gowns with slicked-back updos. Bobs -- faux and real -- and classic updos rounded out the night's hot hair trends.

But last night wasn't just about the hair.

When it came to makeup, it was all about the lips. From Hayden Panettiere's magenta lips and Stefani's classic red to Nikki Minaj's hot pink pout, there was plenty of bright lipstick popping against all those shimmery styles. On the other end of the spectrum, Taylor Swift, Klum, Jordan Sparks and Ginnifer Goodwin balanced their sparkly dresses with nude lips and natural glows.

And the night's biggest accessory? Nails. Whether it was Ke$ha's vampy nails countering her peachy frock, Pink's coordinating bronze mani and dress, or Minaj's candy-colored and glittered nails, fashionable fingernails were as much apart of stars' looks as their metallic clutches and stilettos.

Check out all the night's hottest beauty trends in our gallery.

Which AMA beauty trends are you excited to try -- and which will you be leaving behind? Dish in the comments below.

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