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5 times Jennifer Lopez music videos were beauty goals

5 times Jennifer Lopez music videos were beauty goals

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Text: Renée Batchelor


The recipient of this year's Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards has been inspiring us with her on point hair and makeup for nearly 20 years

If you follow Jennifer Lopez on her Instagram you'll know one thing. The woman doesn't age. But rather than be catty and envious about it, we prefer to bow down to her magnificent form and shake our heads in open wonder and admiration. In case you didn't know, Jennifer Lopez was the original makeup queen in the noughties, known for her flawless, contoured look, and perfectly bronzed skin, as created by her makeup artist Scott Barnes. Her super natural hair colours that ran the gamut from caramel babylights (before they were termed 'babylights') to blonder shades were also trendsetting.

Unlike the slightly hyper real perfection of the Kardashians and Jenners that is au courant, Lopez's look was always aspirational and expensive, without being OTT. Gleaming, highlighted skin, a sunkissed glow, perfectly smoked out eyes, mink falsies and sexy, red lips. She's done them all and way better than many others we've seen. There's a reason the woman has her own makeup range after all. Don't believe us? Take a YouTube dive down memory lane with five, signature music videos, in celebration of her receiving MTV's Video Vanguard Awards. P.S: See how many exes you can spot in her videos.

IF YOU HAD MY LOVE
The first video that Lopez ever did from her debut album, On the 6, captured the late '90s early 2000's aesthetic down to a  'T'. The video showed Lopez in multiple situations being viewed via an Internet TV channel that (gasp!) predated YouTube by nearly six years. 
Beauty look: Although the video has slight variations of the same look, we're here for her long, centre-parted caramel hair and her signature, smoky eye makeup. One thing that dates the beauty vibe of the video ever so slightly? Her skinny brows, which may well be on the way back

LOVE DON'T COST A THING
Way before Ariana Grande was rocking a high ponytail Jennifer Lopez called dibs on the youthful and flirtatious style. In this video, where she espoused how she was not about materialism (Pop culture fact: She was dating Sean Combs at the time), she stripped off more and more of her clothes, until all were were blessed with was a sunkissed Lopez rolling in the sand in her underwear.
Beauty look: Natural bronzy glow and contouring. We love the eye-popping highlights on her face, that sheer, iridescent lipgloss and those beachy waves. And those braids that she sports in the dance sequence are still kinda cute.

I'M GLAD
A tribute to the '80s movie Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals, this video showed iconic vignettes from the film, including the infamous scene where the protagonist pulls a string and releases bucket of water while seated in a chair — and slaps said seat in time to the beat. We'll be honest: The song isn't actually groundbreaking — in fact in veers into painful territory — and Lopez is no Aretha, but it does allow her to try a different hair style.
Beauty look: With a headful of messy curls and her signature nude makeup (with flawless contouring to boot) this is her version of working class chic. Lopez is also sweaty a lot since she plays a welder by day, dancer by night, so she also sports a sexy, wet look 'do that wouldn't be out of place on a fashion week runway.

JENNY FROM THE BLOCK
No list would be complete without a nod to this iconic video that starred her-then fiancé Ben Affleck. Watch this video, try not to giggle at Affleck's non-ironic appearances and the paper thin stalking paparazzi plot, and marvel at instead at that flawless face and headturning hairdos. We love you Jlo, never change.
Beauty look: One look in particular — her hair scraped back, false lashes, a touch of highlight on the eyes and bombshell red lips — stands out as being truly timeless.

ON THE FLOOR
A more 'recent' hit from 2011, the video was set in a club party that seemed like a fun night out. Including a rap from Pitbull, Lopez strutted her stuff in a silver, sequinned catsuit. The woman was simply gorgeous here.
Beauty look: Gotta love her voluminous tresses blowing inexplicably (thanks to the wind machine) and the dramatic false lashes that made her eyes really pop. And has Lopez ever met a nude lip gloss that she doesn't love?
Club look number 2, a textured topknot was also a party-appropriate 'do. 

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