Exclusive: Lily Aldridge's Makeup Artist on Her Met Ball Look

Often, the best things happen when you ditch your carefully laid-out plans and just let inspiration take over. At least, that was what happened with makeup artist Quinn Murphy when he arrived to prep model Lily Aldridge for tonight’s Met Ball. “I came in thinking we were going to do one thing, and we did the exact opposite,” he tells us minutes after sending Aldridge off to the red carpet. “I was looking at old images of Grace Kelly—I thought we were going to go with something more classic. But then, we just had this moment; Lily and I were like, ‘Let’s go for something more fashion, more editorial.’ And then we just went for it!” And go for it, he did—Aldridge’s moody, dark matte lipstick was the perfect yin to the yang of her silvery blue Carolina Herrera gown. And the lip hue in question? That would be Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Le Marc Lip Crème ($30) in Blow, with the lighter shade Magenta dabbed in the middle of her mouth to “make it pop.” (For a good drugstore alternative, try Nyx's Matte Lipstick ($6) in Eden.) To get the dramatic super-matte effect, Murphy tells us he applied the lipstick, blotted with a tissue, then reapplied—and repeated this process three times until he got the opaque finish he wanted. 

As for the rest of the makeup, Murphy says both he and Aldridge were very sure they wanted the eye to be “very naked,” with an almost sheer, gloss-like finish on her lids. To do so, he used Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28) in Taboo and tapped it onto her lids for a glassy, shiny effect. For her skin, he used two different color foundations—the brand’s Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation ($48) in Fawn Light and Fawn Deep—with the darker shade on the outer edges of her face for depth and dimension, and a soft watercolor-like effect that he calls the “opposite of contouring.” 

And finally, we had to ask Murphy what he sent Aldridge off with in that chic koi fish–shaped clutch of hers. “I gave her the two lip shades in a little sample container,” he divulges. “Their clutches are so small you can barely fit a pair of keys, much less two lipsticks. So I go to a beauty supply store and get these mini sample tins, then cut off the lipsticks and put them in there so she can touch up throughout the night.” Genius!

Shop two of the products used on Aldridge below, and tell us—are you as obsessed with this look as we are?