The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute benefit—more commonly known as the Met Gala—has grown from a modest, well-attended dinner to one of the biggest events of the year, attended by top models, A-list actresses, sought-after designers, and more. The gowns are fantastical creations, and the hair and makeup looks drop jaws (who can forget Nicole Richie's icy white strands, or Joan Smalls' bright purple lip?).
And the looks didn't disappoint this year, with everyone from Anne Hathaway to Chinese actress Gong Li embracing the theme and exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” a celebration of Chinese aesthetics’ influence on Western fashion. Keep scrolling for the most jaw-dropping beauty looks from this year’s Met Gala—we'll be updating live!
Diane Kruger looked ethereal with a soft red lip, deep side part, and a cluster white flowers in her hair.
Poppy Delevingne might usually go for a natural beauty look, but there's no denying the model has the perfect face for super-sultry makeup. We love this dramatic, bronze-y smoky eye and nude lip combo.
Georgia May Jagger kept her makeup clean and simple with flushed cheeks and a wash of bronze eye shadow. But her glossy curls with floral headpiece was what really completed the look.
Katie Holmes took the bob from classic to edgy with razored ends and a heavy bang. Hair stylist DJ Quintero blew out the actress’ hair and smoothed it from root to tip with a flat iron. Then he sprayed Alterna Haircare’s Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray ($28), working it through the hair for texture and body. The finishing touch? A spritz of Alterna Haircare’s Bamboo Beach Summer Sun Shine Spray ($22).
Makeup artist Leslie Lopez used Laura Mercier products to give SJP a silvery-blue smoky eye—the perfect complement to her statement-making headdress, no?
We wouldn't expect anything less from Monae than a fierce, red lip (which makeup artist Jessica Smalls says is Covergirl's Colorlicious Lipstick ($7) in Hot 305), but the real show-stealer is her big, bad-ass braid—talk about a head-turner.
Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle calls Chastain’s look “modern Rita Hayworth with strong references to the golden era of Hollywood.” He used his eponymous line’s Day to Night Palette ($42) to create a warm, taupe lid with a hint of gold, and a pop of coral blush to her cheeks. And the perfect red lip? That would be ColourPop’s Lippie Stix ($5) in Fighter, a total beauty steal. Meanwhile, hairstylist Ryan Trygstad used ghd's Curve Classic Curl Iron ($245) to give her old Hollywood glamour waves.
Makeup artist Gianpalo Ceciliato is the man responsible for Allison Williams’ glowing skin. To create the look, Ceciliato kept the contouring subtle, focusing instead on the cheeks. He applied Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Radiance Blush ($26) in Sunburst to the highest points of the cheekbones and finished with a dab of the brand’s Beautiful Color Eye Shadow ($19) in Glisten on the eyelids and the cheekbones. For Williams' undone up-do, hairstylist Rebekah Forecast used L'Oréal Professionnel products. First she created a few loose waves in front, then applied L'Oréal Professionnel's Mythic Oil Séve Protectrice ($27) all over for shine, before pulling the hair into a structural messy bun.
Makeup artist Pati Dubroff says this look is all about “juicy skin,” and used Sisley’s Black Rose Cream Mask ($162) to prep Johnson’s skin and give it a dewy glow before makeup. “We wanted her to look sexy, with tousled hair, but also very sweet,” she says. She opted for a fresh, glowing complexion paired with an elongated cat-eye.
After seeing the “strong elegance” of Ratajkowski’s dress, hairstylist Luke Chamberlain said he chose to balance her hair but pulling it up and away from her face for a more fashion-forward look. He used Davines products—most notably the More Inside Texturizing Dust ($28), which added texture to her crown—to create a sleek, modern chignon.
Fanned out lashes, a taupe lip, and arch-less brows—Roberts’ elegant look is the epitome of a fresh yet timeless beauty.
Hairstylist Jennifer Yepez used Moroccanoil’s Hydrating Styling Cream ($34) throughout Hadid’s strands to give her waves a soft, piece-y texture. Meanwhile, makeup artist Patrick Ta says the inspiration for Hadid’s look came from a recent runway show in Paris, so he opted to play up her eyes with Maybelline’s New York the Blushed Nudes Palette (launching in June 2015) and the brand’s New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ($9) in Blackest Black.
Smooth strands and simple makeup, Kendall Jenner really let her dress do all the talking (see it here!). Not that we’re complaining—groomed brows and little lash certainly suit the model.
Hairstylist Sarah Potempa used Matrix StyleLink Turbow Dryer Blow Dry Spray in King’s damp strands, then blow-dried her hair into a sleek, flowy finish. Makeup artist Yumi Mori used La Mer's Reparative SkinTint SPF30 ($95) to give King that glow. "The coverage was so light it helped to give her a natural look, allowing us to play up her eyes and lips," Mori says.
Kerry Washington looked pretty in pink on the red carpet. Soft pink lips and a classic smoky eye will always be a good choice.
Makeup artist Quinn Murphy gave us the exclusive breakdown of Aldridge’s look—including how a last-minute decision was how Aldridge ended up with her perfectly-plummy lip. Click here to read all about it!
Rihanna totally upped her straight-across brow game, thanks to a little help from celebrity makeup artist Mylah Morales, who used Dior Beauty products to create the look.
Think glossy eyes and glossy lips sound like too much? Amanda Seyfried is pulling it off beautifully; she even went for the slicked-back strands to match. Makeup artist Monika Blunder used Cle de Peau's Extra Rich Lipstick in 306 Mister Lincoln for the perfect vampy lip.
Makeup artist Kate Lee used Chanel Beauté products to give Hathaway and understated look with standout brows and a sheer, taupe lip. Meanwhile, hairstylist Anh Co Tran parted Hathaway’s hair into a deep side part and sleeked it down—all the better to show off her hooded custom Ralph Lauren Collection gold gown.
“Carey’s look for the Met Ball was all about enhancing her natural beauty,” makeup artist Georgie Eisdell says. “I wanted her skin to glow, but then I wanted a little drama on her lips.” Mulligan’s wine lip is none other than Tom Ford’s Matte Lip Color ($50) in Velvet Cherry.
Makeup artist Mary Phillips calls Teigen’s makeup a “Bianca Jagger look,” using hues that you would find in an orchid. She prepped Teigen’s skin with Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector ($35), a blurring, smoothing primer, then applied Giorgio Armani’s Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($35) in 513 with a lip brush for a perfectly defined fuchsia pout.
Hairstylist Jen Atkin enhanced Teigen's natural texture with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray ($24) to create these voluminous retro waves.
Jennifer Lawrence is clearly ready for spring. The actress paired a slightly disheveled up-do with a metallic smoky eye and a poppy pink lip.
Hairstylist Lorenzo Martin used ghd’s Eclipse Styler ($245) to sleek down J.Lo’s strands, while makeup artist Mary Phillips channeled the Red Dragon theme with golden skin and diffused sunset colors on her eyes and cheeks (she used Lancôme’s Limited Edition Blush Subtil Crème ($31) in Coral Alize), Brise Rosee, and Rouge Mistral to create the perfect peachy tone).
Hairstylist and Brand Ambassador for ghd David Babaii first curled Hudson’s hair in three sections: one in the back and one on each side. “I then pulled the hair into a high ponytail, twisting and wrapping it around the base to create a loose bun. Once the bun was secure, I pulled out a few loose pieces and used the ghd Eclipse Styler ($245) to straighten out the hair that framed Kate’s face,” Babaii says.
Hairstylist Mara Roszak played up Collins’ gamine beauty by going for a “timeless, simple look,” which she achieved using L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Strand-Smoother Serum Spray ($5).
If you’ve ever had any doubts about the wet look, let Rosie Huntington-Whiteley show you how it’s done. The model choose a slicked-back style to show off her sculpted features and high-shine red lips.
What's your favorite look so far?