Best makeup, hair, and nail looks from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP music video
In the not-so-distant past, award shows and the runway were regarded as prime fodder for beauty buffs in a rut. From theatrically rouged miens to towering, architectural 'dos, there was certainly no shortage on the inspiration front. Then COVID-19 happened, which rendered big shindigs an impossible venture. And while that might have (momentarily) sent us into a state of despair, we've found that hope springs eternal — particularly in the latest music videos from the likes of Sunmi, Queen Bey, and as of late, Cardi B + Megan Thee Stallion.
WAP dropped 6 August and has since garnered over 56 million views. Sick beats and impressive rhymes aside, the four-minute-long vid has also been lauded for its array of inventive makeup looks — most of which Stallion did herself, believe it or not — alongside its star-studded line-up. With our curiousities well-and-piqued, we've watched (and re-watched) this rap masterpiece so as to gather every jaw-dropping lewk into a handy list. See them all, below.
'90s beauty queens, roll up
The updo's are reminiscent of the tresses sported at pageants à la Toddlers and Tiaras, which serves as a perfect complement to the smokey eye and glossy lip combo. Props to both B and Stallion for going the extra mile to ensure their talons are seen despite the elbow-length gloves — because why waste your manicurist's hard work, right?
Serpentine shadows and locks
Much like the singers on the track, sultry eyeshadow and long, winding tresses make for a dynamic duo. Even more impressive: Cardi B's khaki-coloured snake print nails that had us worrying (just a tad) that she might accidentally gouge a python's eye out. Keep those paws to yourself, maybe?
Match made in...
Basic: matching your eyeshadow to your frock. Bougie: dyeing your whole head so it corresponds perfectly to your eyeshadow. Or, at least customising a wig for the same purpose. We can't say we're surprised, though, seeing how it's Cardi.
Vivid and contrasting hues
Stallion takes a slightly more toned-down approach, but that's not to say her look is snooze fest either. The bold wash of gold and green shadows draw the eye, as does her super-shiny berry-hued pout.
We're pretty convinced that Kylie Jenner made a cameo simply to show off the results of her "healthy hair journey." Those long, luscious curls are to-die-for.
Uh, maybe don't attempt to emulate this look without professional help. Fun fact: Megan Thee Stallion considers this ombré zebra style as her favourite hair look of the lot.
Yes, that is a hat formed entirely from tiny, micro-braids. We'd also like to direct your attention to the charms dangling off Rosalia's nails — which, while aesthetically pleasing — also probably poses an issue whenever she has to attempt mundane tasks. How does she pick her nose, for one? We're waiting for the tell-all on Instagram.