The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala, or Met Ball, brought out the heavy-hitters of the beauty world. From Beyonce to Anna Wintour to the Olsen twins, the highly anticipated event is basically the Superbowl of the fashion world for one good reason—everyone is watching.
This year’s exhibit, a celebration of ‘30s American couturier Charles James, inspired a wave of classic red lips, matte skin, and sleek retro curls to complement the couture-inspired gowns.
Click through our slideshow for the beauty looks you can’t miss!
Makeup artist Elaine Offers gave the actress a stained pout with Nars’ Lip Liner Pencil ($22) in Salsa.
The newest face of Lancome wore a vibrant purple shadow, courtesy of makeup artist Nick Barose.
To complement Reese’s strapless dress, hairstylist Renato Campora created a faux bob. He used Matrix’s Total Results Heat Resist Blow Out Tamer ($16) on her damp hair to give it shape and body, then blew it dry with a round brush to create volume. Finally, he used a 1½-inch barrel curling iron and curled her ends inwards, finishing with a spritz of Biolage’s Styling Complete Control Hairspray ($16).
The actress’ deep, dark nails came courtesy of Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Color ($8) in Unbreakable Heart.
Makeup artist Leslie Lopez was inspired by the ‘50s for Sarah Jessica Parker’s makeup. She used Nars’ Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow and Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner (soon to be available in stores) to create “a very distinct shape for [Parker’s] eye that was popular during that era.” Two large buns and a flowered hair accessory finished off this bold beauty look.
The model went sans bangs and moto jacket! Instead she sporting a bedhead up-do, bright red pout, and blush layered frock.
Rachel McAdams channeled her inner '40s bombshell with blown-out locks, courtesy of Ben Skervin. He applied Vidal Sassoon Pro Series’ Bosot & Lift Foaming Air Mousse ($5) through her hair, then separated into six sections and put in hot rollers. After removing the rollers, he brushed through each section with a round comb for sleek, bouncy curls.
Makeup artist Vera Steimberg took one look at Zoe Saldana’s black and white Michael Kors gown and immediately thought of Marbella, Spain. She created a romantic, Spanish-inspired smoky eye and balanced out the earthy tones of Saldana’s eyeshadow with a lighter lip (she used L’Oréal Paris’ Colour Riche Extroardinaire ($9) in Ruby Opera) and applied with her fingers) for a fresh, unique look.
Makeup artist Beau Nelson applied translucent glitter to Richie’s lids before reaching for NYX Cosmetics’ Matte Lipstick ($6) in Spirit.
Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee gave the model/actress a full lash to match her edgy Balmain dress.
The actress wore a custom combination of Butter London’s Nail Polish ($15) in Ladybird and Pillar Box Red. “We mixed together this amazing red color to complement a shade in Emmy's Carolina Herrera dress,” nail artist Katie Jane Hughes says.
Want to cop the singer’s perfectly bright red lip? Just pick up Nars' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) in Dragon Girl (Karlie Kloss not included).
Alba wore a smoky eye and full brow paired with a nude pout.
The model/actress kept her look delicate with soft, peach makeup and a floral headband.
Messy topknot, anyone? The singer went against the grain, sporting a messy up-do to offset the polished look of her neutral makeup. Makeup artist Mylah Morales shared the secret to the Rihanna's flawless complexion: vbeauté's Buying Time ($53), a nourishing everyday cream, and vbeauté's Undercover Agent ($45), an anti-wrinkle serum that binds moisture to the skin. "I wanted to give her a clean, glowy face to match the clean lines of her dress," she says. "[These two products] gave me the perfect, smooth palette to work with!"
Smalls stood out thanks to her satin purple lipstick and relaxed side braid.
Makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani gave Williams glowing skin with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($24) and the brand’s Second Skin Cheek Colour ($25) in Heather Pink. Colorist Marie Robinson took Williams’ brighter and blonder for the Gala: “I made Michelle platinum for the Gala—bright and happy with a pale silver, pearl tone to it,” she says.
Moretz’s locks got a dose of texture from hairstylist Gregory Russell. After wrapping pieces of her hair around a 1½-iron to create loose waves, he fastened it in the back with a vintage pearl hair barrette. Then, he used Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray ($42) and Kevin Murphy’s Resort Spray to create texture and definition, scrunching through the ends.
Makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen gave Kloss the perfect nude lip with Marc Jacobs’ Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30) in Moody Margot. (Stay tuned for our exclusive look at what goes into getting ready for the Met Gala with Kloss and Reiss-Andersen tomorrow!)
Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin wanted to keep things simple with Stone’s makeup: “Overall, we wanted to create a look that exuded modern and relaxed glamour. I focused on a light, sun-kissed look to let Emma’s beauty shine.” She gave Stone’s skin an air-brushed look with Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup SPF 15 ($45) in Beige, and highlighted her cheekbones with Revlon’s PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator ($13) in Peach Light.
Heard wore a deep, matte red lip.
Hairstylist Mark Townsend gave Ashley a sleek center part, while Mary-Kate sported her (new) signature slicked back locks. (Get the twins’ hair trick here!)
Marion Cotillard complimented her midnight blue Christian Dior gown with dramatic, side-swept hair and classic makeup. “The dress makes a graphic statement and we complemented it with glowing skin, iridescent eyes and richly pigmented lips," says makeup artist Christophe Danchaud. For her flawless, glowing skin, he used Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder ($45), a shimmery highlighter, and finished the look with a swipe of Hourglass’ Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipsticks ($30) in a mix of Raven and Muse.
: The singer sported a glossy dark lip—and we couldn’t approve more!