Exclusive: How Kacey Musgraves Transformed Into a Real-Life Barbie for the Met Gala

Updated 05/09/19

Courtesy of Moani Lee

This year's Met Gala theme, "Notes on Camp," couldn't have been more fitting for country singer Kacey Musgraves. The fast-rising star and six-time Grammy winner constantly pushes the envelope with boundary-breaking lyrics and themes (though, she assures she's just singing about "real shit"), just as Susan Sontag illustrates in her essay, "The experiences of Camp are based on the great discovery that the sensibility of high culture has no monopoly upon refinement." Musgraves' aesthetic is Dolly Parton and Priscilla Presley shrouded in a veil of Lisa Frank and whirled around in a snow globe: It's neon, it's trippy, it's beautifully relentless, and it's camp to a T.

If any attendee were to dutifully follow the dress code, it's Musgraves—and that she did.

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"To be honest, it seemed like the rest of the fashion world was coming to Kacey's party, because camp is very much her vibe and it was so fun to see everyone's interpretation of it—not to mention a pink carpet!" says makeup artist Moani Lee. "Kacey is incredibly creative and is always open to new ideas, so I wouldn't say she has a comfort zone per se, but we certainly explored a new territory of popping on a Barbie-pink lip, which we haven't explored before together. We used Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipsticks in Polaroid Pink and Extravaganza for the perfect shade."

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Complete with hairdryer handbag and wavy blonde wig, Musgraves humanized the Moschino Barbie Doll in the most playful look we've ever seen on the singer.

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Ever a champion of a fierce wash of highlight, Lee was sure to turn up the wattage last night. "I wanted Kacey's skin to look very doll-like, so we used Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo under and over makeup for that glass skin finish," she explains.

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As expected, the Barbie-fication process was no quick jaunt: "From start to finish, the process took about three hours because her transformation was quite elaborate, particularly with hair led by Giovanni Delgado."

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