Celebrity Makeup Looks from the Met Gala

Met Gala

This May the 6th has seen not one, but two glamorous events. One was the birth of the new royal baby Archie in Britain, and the other was the famous Met Gala, comparable in its popularity only to the Academy Awards or a similar occasion. Ever since 1948, the Metropolitan Museum in New York has been hosting this incredible event thanks to its famous costume department, co popular with the city’s high society. That aspect, at least, has not changed. In the last 13 years, the event has been organised by the revered Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, who gave the event its today’s opulence and air of exclusivity. The biggest celebrities attend Met Gala every year and their fashion and makeup always correspond with a theme that is announced by Wintour and changes every year.

Last year, the stars had to tackle the theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, making the red carpet sparkle with supernatural magic. This year, the topic was in many ways similar yet different: Camp. In case you’re not quite certain what the word even means, a good place to start is the essay Camp: Notes on Fashion by Susan Sontag. Camp is the expression of theatrical extravagance, lightheartedness, and excess. It intentionally breaks the rules and turns fashion into fun inspired by the legendary black drag queens of the New York ballroom scene. So let’s check out the best makeup looks of the evening through the eyes of their makeup artist creators!

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o Met Gala

Makeup Artist: Nick Barose

“This year, we took inspiration for the Met Gala look from the iconic makeup worn by the drag queen Divine in John Waters’ movies. The eyebrows are filled in to create a cartoon fairy tale look, making the whole thing more fun and exaggerated. This evening, we’re not just doing it for the sake of fashion – we’re doing it for Divine (and John Waters!”

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Lily Collins

Lily Collins Met Gala

Makeup Artist: Fiona Stiles

“This year we coordinated Lily’s Met Gala makeup with her dress and hairstyle. Her hair was styled based on the 70s looks of Priscilla Presley and Sharon Tate, so I was free to play with makeup as well. I wanted it to look retro and elegant, beautiful and sophisticated at the same time. The matte pastel shades of lilac with the dramatic liquid eyeliner create the perfect background for layers of fake lashes.”

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  • Skin: Advanced Genifique Hydrogel Melting Mask, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick, Blush Subtil, Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder
  • Eyes and eyebrows: Hypnôse Palette, Monsieur Big Mascara, Sourcils Styler Gel, Grandiôse Liner
  • Lips: L’Absolu Rouge, Le Lip Liner

Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill Met Gala

In the words of makeup artist Virginia Young:

“Taylor was wearing a delicate pink satin dress designed by Ralph Lauren, so I chose complimentary violet and pink eyeshadow colours with a striking elongated cat eye. Our star product was the new Lancôme Hypnôse palette in 06 Reflets D’Amethyste which will be available in the summer of 2019.”

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  • Skin: Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Rich Cream, Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer, Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder, Blush Subtil
  • Eyes: Hypnôse Palette, Grandiôse Liner, Definicils, Brow Shaping Powdery Pencil
  • Lips: Le Lip Liner, L’Absolu Rouge, L’Absolu Lacquer Gloss

Zendaya

Zendaya Met Gala

In the words of makeup artist Sheika Daley:

“This gorgeous look was inspired by Cinderella, down to Zendaya’s sparkling magical dress you saw on the red carpet. We focused on a fresh, fairy tale makeup with a modern eye look. The foundation and the powder created a smooth canvas for the look that we finished off with the Monsieur Big Mascara.”

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  • Skin: Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder
  • Eyes: Hypnôse Palette, Grandiôse Liner, Monsieur Big Mascara, Brow Shaping Powdery Pencil
  • Lips: L’Absolu Lacquer Gloss

Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski

In the words of makeup artist Linda Hayes:

“Emily’s makeup was inspired by her stunning coral-embellished gown by Peter Dundas and her spectacular tiara. We took our inspiration mostly from the golden goddess Cher, so the look is mostly full of neutral, bronze and golden shades with a peachy undertone. The dramatic lashes and eyebrows are a perfect focal point of the whole look.”

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  • Skin: Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Rich Cream, Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer, Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder, Blush Subtil
  • Eyes: the new Lancôme Hypnôse Palette (launches in summer 2019), Brow Define Pencil
  • Lips: Le Lip Liner, L’Absolu Rouge Which of the looks is your favourite? See you next year on the red carpet! (And thank you to Lancôme who sponsored the event.)