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The Best VMA Beauty Looks Could Have Been Done In the Locker Room

Alicia Keys

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Finally, a VMAs makeup look that we can actually replicate—no makeup at all. Alicia Keys took the no-makeup selfie trend to the next level by hitting the red carpet without a drop of makeup (or a filter) in sight. (Try these simple beauty hacks to prep your skin on the go in less than two minutes.)

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Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande seamlessly transitioned her crimped high pony from the red carpet to the spin bike (with the addition of a visor and pink hair tie) for her VMAs performance/workout class, so it's pretty much the ultimate example of a red carpet-worthy hairstyle you can rock at the gym.

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Ashley Graham

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This look gives us hope that you really *can* look pulled together rocking just-out-of-the-shower hair. As Graham's hairstylist told Allure, all you need to do is add some mousse to wet hair, let it air dry, then seal in the look with extra-hold hairspray. Prepping our gym bags now.

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Rihanna

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While we may not be able to come close to recreating Rihanna's edgy yet effortless style, this hair can be achieved with a few tools and products. Simply apply a leave-in conditioner before pulling hair into a high pony tail for a smooth, sleek effect, add a few waves with a curling iron (like ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand) to add extra wave and volume, and finish off with hairspray (like MOP C-System Firm Finish Hair Spray) to give hair extra staying power, explains Rihanna's hairstylist Yusef. If it can withstand her dance moves we're confident it'll get you through any rigorous dance cardio class and look good after, too. 

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Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara rocked the no-makeup (and natural, wavy hair) trend on the red carpet and during her "Scars to Your Beautiful" performance at the VMAs pre-show. "Every time I perform this song, I am choosing to be 100% natural," she wrote on Twitter last week. Way to walk the talk, girl. (Here, 10 healthy skin habits to establish in your 20s to protect from damage and wrinkles.)

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Kim Kardashian

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Unlike Ashley, Kim's "wet" look apparently involved an actual blow dryer to get those beachy waves. Still, it's completely locker room-friendly with the help of a texturizing mist. Finish the look a la Kim with dewy, natural makeup. (Here, 7 Steps to Perfecting the No-Makeup Makeup Look.)

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Stella Maxwell

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The Victoria's Secret model's pink glittery eyeshadow is clearly glam, but her messy-chic pony is just as fitting for an inversion-flow as it is for the red carpet.

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Blue Ivy Carter

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OK, we admit it, Bey's intricate braided 'do isn't exactly achievable without an entourage—or a good chunk of time on your hands post-workout. But Blue Ivy's boxer braid pigtails are totally doable with the help of a styling gel or balm to tame flyaways. The tiara is optional, but we say go for it.

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Blue Ivy Carter

OK, we admit it, Bey's intricate braided 'do isn't exactly achievable without an entourage—or a good chunk of time on your hands post-workout. But Blue Ivy's boxer braid pigtails are totally doable with the help of a styling gel or balm to tame flyaways. The tiara is optional, but we say go for it.

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