1 of 4 John Shearer
For her first medley--a mash up of "Please Don't Stop The Music" and "Only Girl (In The World)"--Rihanna swung around a sleek high ponytail and drenched her lips in deep red lipstick. You can also see hints of red shadow on her eyelids.
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For her second, dancehall-themed appearance, Rihanna pulled off a look that anyone else would probably look ridiculous in. Her hair remained covered with a fishnet durag while her glossy nude lips were outlined in black. Upon closer inspection, you can also see the way her creamy eyeshadow adds even more dimension to the face.
3 of 4 Theo Wargo/MTV1617
Rihanna's third performance was a tribute to some of her bossiest hits, including "BBHMM" and "Pour It Up." This time around, the singer went for an overall dark beauty look, rocking a long, black mullet and earth-toned eye makeup.
4 of 4 Michael Loccisano
Before accepting her Video Vanguard Award from presenter (and rumored beau) Drake, Rihanna capped off her big night with a fourth medley that included her best slow jams and a simple beauty look. Even with slicked back hair and a classic smoky eye, the Barbadian beauty is a standout.
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