NERVO And Becky G Tell Us How They Got #covermoment Ready For The VMA Red Carpet

NERVO on the 2013 VMA red carpet.

Last night, three of our fave COVERGIRLS–Mim and Liv Nervo (aka NERVO) and Becky G hit the 2013 VMA Red Carpet, bringing major nail and makeup looks with them—they were totally #covermoment ready. They gave us a sneak peek at their wardrobe choices before they arrived at the Barclays Center on, and now, fortunately for us, are sharing their nail and makeup inspiration, as well as how to achieve the looks.

NERVO’s nails on the 2013 VMA red carpet.


Since NERVO was DJing the VMA red carpet, DJing duo knew their nails had to make a statement. The twins used some of what they saw during their exploration of Brooklyn as inspiration: their electric look and sound definitely came through on their fingertips.

Mim used COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Black Diamond, Snow Storm, Forever Fawn, and Golden Opportunity as base color. Then, to embellish the look, she added bold accessories, including studs, diamond bows, and gold chains. She even added an MTV symbol to one of her nails—gotta go BIG at the VMAs!

Liv took a simpler approach: she started with a base of COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Black Diamond and Snow Storm and then dressed her nails up by adding zig-zags and paint splatters.


Liv and Mim have a unique sense of style, so they always aim to have their makeup looks reflect their individuality. The outfits they chose for the red carpet were bold: 3D designs and strategically placed fabric, so they wanted their makeup to amp up their entire look even more.

Mim wore COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Cream Foundation in Natural Beige, followed by Clean Glow Blush in Roses and Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices. To make sure her look was summery and #covermoment ready, she also wore TruBlend Minerals Bronzer in Golden Sunrise.

On her eyes, she started with COVERGIRL Ink It! Liner in Black Ink and drew from the inner corner of the eye to the outer, defining the eye lid into a full cat eye shape. She then used Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black to fill in the space between the outer line and the lash line. To complete the bold eye look, she extended her lashes with Clump Crusher Extensions in Very Black.

The final touch was a pop of sheer color on the lips: Mim used the Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Pink Diamond.

Like her nails, Liv’s beauty approach was simpler than her sisters: she really emphasized her eyes with a striking cat eye. She used Clean Whipped Cream Foundation in Buff Beige to even her skin tone, and then added TruBLEND Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Medium. On top of that, she added Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices and finished with Clean Glow Blush in Peaches.

The main part of her look–they cat eye–was created with a nude base shadow, COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers in Mink, and then LineBlast 24 Hour Liner.

Liv’s look was finished with a beautiful lip created using LipPerfection in Rapture with a touch of Smoochies Lip Balm in Luv Bug for a hint of extra gloss.

Becky G’s nails on the 2013 VMA red carpet.


It was Becky’s first time at the VMAs, so she wanted a look she’d remember. Like the Nervo twins, Becky used Brooklyn as inspiration, and applied COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm as a base, but added color and design with Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstini colors including Bahama Mama, Lemon Drop, Sangria, and Blue Hawaiian. Inspired by what she saw around the Barclays Center, Becky’s nails had a graffiti design, which was achieved by tapping a sponge on the nails while they were still wet.

Becky G on the 2013 VMA red carpet.


Becky really wanted an “Easy Breezy” look to complement her outfit, so she went with a clean, smokey eye, flawless skin, and a berry toned lip.

On her eyes, Becky wore a dark shadow and on top of it, on her lashline, she wore COVERGIRL Ink It! Liner in Black Ink. The liner was worked into her lashes with a small smudge brushed to give her a natural smoked-out look. To finish and provide just enough pop, her lashes were coated with COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara.

Her skin was prepped by moisturizing and applying COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation. A bit of COVERGIRL + Olay Concealer Balm was applied under her eyes and wherever needed. COVERGIRL Clean Glow Blush in Roses was swept along her cheeks to finish her skin and powder was applied to keep the shine away.

Becky’s lips were lined and filled with a soft berry liner, moisturized using COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Be Sweet, and finishd with a layer of COVERGIRL Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss in Papaya Splash.