As ESSENCE Music Festival quickly approaches, we're amped for the lineup of stellar stars -- especially MJB! Over the years the stylish songstress has rocked everything from mile-long lashes and gold gloss. Here, we take a look back at the EMF headliner's many looks, from 1992 to today.
At an early performance at the Beacon Theater, Mary rocked gilded lipstick to match her golden locks.
1995: Model Pretty
At the 1995 Billboard Music Awards, Blige spored a model-perfect makeup look: ruby red lips, contoured eyes and winged liquid liner.
1997: Purple Haze
Blige sported electric purple lipstick and a jeweled bindhi at the Sounds & Vision concert.
1998: Frosted Femme
The songstress rocked frosted metallic makeup at an appearance in ’98.
1999: Red Alert
Mary sported warm, reddish/copper-toned eyeshadow and lipstick to flatter her auburn locks.
1999: Coral Cutie
At a Radio City Music Hall gala, Mary sported delicately shaded lids and sheer coral lipgloss.
2000: Color Guard
Mary went for a super-colorful look at the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, sporting vinyl-finish crimson gloss and pearly mint-green eyeshadow.
2001: Sparkle City
At the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, Blige sported sparkly eyeshadow and frosted pink lipstick.
2002: Bronze Goddess
At the 2002 MTV VMA’s, Blige rocked bronze-toned shadow, blush and lipstick to flatter her brown leather ensemble.
2003: Caramel Kissed
Blige went for soft, caramel toned makeup (with black liner to add definition) at the VMA’s the following year.
Mary J. Blige wore shimmery, metallic golds and bronzes at a tribute to Ray Charles in L.A.
2006: Fresh Face
At the ABC Television Network Upfront, Blige looked fresh-faced and radiant in soft pink lids, cheeks and lips. She anchored the look with high-glam faux lashes.
2008: Feelin' Blue
Mary wore a chic smudge of shimmery blue eye liner on top and bottom lids at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.
2010: Batting a Thousand
At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Mary accentuated her eyes with white pencil on the inner bottom rim and a row of lush false lashes.
2011: Kohl Mine
Mary J. Blige looked better than ever at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, rocking lush blonde bangs, plummy-kohl eye shadow and a glossy nude lip.
2013: Red Lips, Bright Eyes
Mary J. Blige
2014: Chic in Pink
MJB flaunts flawless skin with subtle pink lips and a perfectly blended smokey eye at the 31st Annual Fashion Group International Night of the Stars.
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Lady in Red
Who doesn’t love a killer red lip? MJB pairs hers with perfectly contoured and flushed cheeks. Perfect your pout by tracing your lips with an angled brush dipped in concealer.
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2015: Into Nude
MJB owned this look at the Ladylike Foundation’s 7th Annual Women of Excellence Scholarship luncheon. Feathery lashes, nude lips and a gentle smokey eye create a look that is perfectly feminine.
Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic
2013: Perfect Pout
Mary J. Blige
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2013: Silverscreen Betty
MJB sported an au natural look inher portrayal of Dr. Betty Shabazz in the 2013 film Betty & Coretta.