Even though the Met Gala is technically a fundraiser, it’s unlike any fundraiser we mere mortals have ever seen. Aside from raising money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it might just be the most buzzed-about red carpet of the year. Award season is spectacular, but it’s industry-specific: The Grammys brings together celebs in music, whereas the Golden Globes brings together the best of TV and film. The Met Gala, however, corrals celebs from everywhere—film, music, fashion, even sports. In short, it’s an event that moves the cultural zeitgeist for months to come.
So as you can imagine, we wait with bated breath to see these influencers' beauty looks. It’s all in the name of trend-spotting, of course—but as we've learned more about the details of each celeb's hair and makeup, it's clear that trendy doesn’t mean expensive. Year after year, celebs hit the red carpet wearing drugstore products and brands to complement their couture, and 2017's event was no different. Keep scrolling to see which drugstore products made the cut.
Chrissy Teigen's slicked-back mane was all thanks to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin and drugstore-favorite Tresemmé. Atkin prepped Teigen's damp hair with Tresemmé's Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray ($5). After a blow-dry and a flatiron, Atkin then added a touch of hair oil for shine and pomade for slickness. Finally, she finished off the look with Tresemmé's Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray ($4).
Are you noticing a trend? Judging from the Met Gala, sleek and ultra-shiny hair is in. Kerry Washington's chic bob was created using Neutrogena products—what else? After all, Washington has been a loyal brand ambassador for years.
Celebrity stylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew started by shampooing Washington's hair with Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo ($5) and then moisturizing with its Triple Repair Hair Mask ($6). After a blow-dry with Remington's T Studio Thermaluxe Hair Dryer ($35), she clipped in extensions to razor-cut for that sharp, shoulder-grazing look.
Ashley Graham's best accessory to her stunning Met gown was definitely her optic-white smile. To prepare for the Gala, she used Crest's 3D White Whitestrips With Light ($90). The drugstore-favorite whitening brand launched Whitestrips complete with an LED light for extra brightening.
Rita Ora's burgundy glam was achieved using Rimmel London products. Makeup artist Kathy Jeung used a mix of shades from the Magnif'Eyes Shadow Contouring Palette ($8) for Ora's subtly smoky shadow and finished it off with ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner ($6) and the newly released Shake It Fresh Mascara ($6) for those mile-long lashes.
Celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek completed Hailey Baldwin's tufted princess gown with a bronzy-brown makeup look. "I wanted Hailey to look like a modern-day princess—sleek, clean, and sophisticated," he said. He began with Laura Mercier's Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation ($48) in shade Macadamia. Then came Laura Mercier's Custom Contour Compact ($40) to emphasize Baldwin's chiseled cheekbones and jawline. As for the star drugstore product? Sesnek chose L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara ($8) so that Baldwin's eyes would pop, even from behind a pearled veil.
According to Jourdan Dunn's makeup artist Ursula Stephen, "Jourdan's look emphasizes texture and shape with a hint of Japanese inspiration." She started by washing Dunn's hair with Suave Professionals Avocado + Olive Oil Smoothing Shampoo ($5) and moisturizing it with the paired Conditioner ($5). Then she spritzed Dove Absolute Curls Leave-In Detangler ($6) throughout. After straightening Dunn's hair and gathering it into a ponytail, she finished the look with Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Spray ($4). This is the definition of simple and chic.
We can't decide what we love more, Hailee Steinfeld's Vera Wang creation, her graphic cat eye, or her slick, structured topknot. Let's go with the topknot. Hairstylist Gregory Russell began by putting John Frieda Frizz Ease Clearly Defined Styling Gel ($6) right at the root of Steinfeld's hair, combing it down to the ends. He then used a wire brush to bring Steinfeld's hair into a bump- and knot-free ponytail. After wrapping it into the desired topknot shape, he pinned it and applied a healthy dose of John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum ($8), starting at the edges and moving toward the knot. Finally, he sprayed the finished look with John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($6).