The Met Gala may be referred to as "fashion's biggest night out," but it's also beauty's biggest night out. No matter how show-stopping, jaw-dropping, or mind-blowing a celebrity's outfit may be, their hair and makeup looks are equally as worthy of our attention. Remember last year, when Kim Kardashian-West wore a gold Versace gown, a smoldering cat eye, and colored contacts? We can't forget Blake Lively's halo hairpiece and burgundy eyeshadow, or Hailee Steinfeld's velvety-red lipstick...
This year, the Met Gala's theme is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, which was titled Notes on Camp. It's all about cheeky, over-the-top fashion and beauty choices (which makes since, considering the cochairs of this year's gala are known risk-takers—Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Alessandro Michele, and Harry Styles). And cheeky, over-the-top fashion and beauty choices are exactly what we're seeing on the red carpet—think glitter, neon, graphic shapes, and other, similar stand-out looks. Keep scrolling to see the best campy beauty looks from the 2019 Met Gala.
Lady Gaga was one of the first arrivals. Not only did she changed 4 times on the red carpet (yes, on the red carpet), but she also wore the boldest, biggest false lashes we've ever seen. The metallic gold tinsel was attached to both her top and bottom lashes, accenting her hot pink lipstick and Cleopatra-esque eyeliner.
The boldest thing about Serena Williams' Met Gala makeup look is her brows, which are perfectly sculpted to frame her smokey eyes and fluttery lashes. We love her crimped hair, which was pulled back into a low bun at the nape of her neck.
Lana Condor's pink tulle dress and fresh-faced makeup made her look like a real-life princess. Her makeup artist, Anton Khachaturian, used Talika and Lashify products. More specifically, he used a combination of Talika's Lipocils Ink in Chestnut and Deep Brown ($25) to shape and define her brows, and Lashify's A Gossamer Collection ($20) to lengthen and define her natural lashes.
Laverne Cox appeared on the red carpet with graphic, ice blue eyeshadow and matching hair. The most surprising part of her beauty look, though, has to be the swipe of bright yellow that's painted across her bottom lip. It's a little bit '80s and very editorial.
Ashley Graham donned a short Gucci dress, bright green eyeliner, and a sleek braid. Look closely, and you'll see the jumble of hair accessories placed down its length. From the crystal cuff, to the bright red bow, and the clusters of pearls, we can't help but think she makes campy look chic.
Supermodel Sara Sampaio paired a sleek center-parted ponytail with feathered faux eyelashes and gem detailing hair hairline and the inner corners of her eyes. Is it just us, or is she (and Lady Gaga) making costume lashes a thing?
Remember when we said neon was a big hit on the Met Gala red carpet? We didn't just mean in regard to fashion. It also made an appearance in beauty. Here, Charli XCX poses with the ends of her lob dyed hot pink. The fiery shade matches her eyeshadow perfectly.
In our humble opinion, Awkwafina has one of the best makeup looks of the night (so far). We love the color pairing that came from her shimmery yellow eyeshadow and her red lipstick. What really took our breath away, though, was the gemstones that covered the inner half of her eyes.
Mindy Kaling surprised us all by debuting brand new blond hair. Is it a real dye-job? Is it a wig? We don't know, but it doesn't really matter, because we love it either way.
Yara Shahidi opted for an extremely editorial makeup look involving a single gold detail surrounding one eye. As for her hair, she chose a seemingly '60s-inspired half-up beehive.
Saoirse Ronan's eye makeup wasn't as bold as other red carpet attendees, but it was just as stunning. Her eyeshadow was soft, shimmery, and diffused. It seemed her makeup artist began with a soft brown matte base, before adding finely-milled gold glitter over the top.
Paloma Elsesser's makeup looks like something out of a pop art painting, thanks to the bold color pairing, ultra-thin eyebrows, and stark lines and shape. Her sleek topknot gave it a futuristic flair.
Lucy Boynton always wows us in the hair and makeup department. At the Met, she stepped out with a firework of gemstones surrounding each eye, a lilac flower crown, and brand new gray hair. She looked like some sort of mythical fairy, and we mean that in the best way.
If there was one single hair and makeup look that surprised us the most, it had to have been from Kris Jenner. The momager walked the red carpet with blue glittery eyes and a brand new blonde wig.
Constance Wu channeled a star of the silver screen, wearing a hair and makeup look (and headpiece) that looks like it came right out of the 1930's.
Another celebrity who opted for a bold headpiece was Emily Blunt. She kept her makeup look simple and glowy, except for her long, spiky lashes, which read more rock n' roll than au naturel.
With big hair and draped blush, Lili Reinhart looked like a combination of Marie Antoinette and Madonna. In other words, we think she fit the camp theme perfectly.
Hailey Bieber paired her powder pink gown (that was complete with a visible thong, btw) with a high ponytail, black bow, cat eyeliner, and a striking pink highlight.
Kim Kardashian-West shut down the red carpet with super shiny, wet-looking hair and glossy eye makeup. It looked like she came to the Met Gala right after a swim in her hotel pool, and we mean that in the best way.
While we're speaking of Kim Kardashian, we can't forget to mention her younger sisters. Kendall came dressed in a vibrant orange number, complete with dramatic eye-elongating lashes and a glossy lip.
Kylie Jenner, on the other hand, went all purple, matching her shimmery gown and giant feathered arm cuffs with a sleek wig. We can't help but wonder if this means she's back to her old hair-experimenting ways.
Yes, J. Lo was dripping in crystals and jewels, but we couldn't help but to stare at her smokey violet eyeshadow (the shade is extremely similar to Kylie's hair color, no?).
We're taking a poll. What's more eye-catching? Ciara's hair or graphic green eyeshadow? You tell us.
Dua Lipa was almost unrecognizable with her '60s-inspired hair and makeup look. We're so used to seeing the singer sport her iconic sharp bob, that this long, volumized hairdo through us for a loop.
Kristen Stewart made her 2019 Met Gala debut sporting a grungy, pink hairstyle. Look closely, and you'll see that her eyebrows are dyed a light shade of orange.
Emily Ratajkowski wore a headpiece that reminded us of a character from Greek mythology. Are we thinking of Icarus? Are we thinking of Hermes? Like always, she complemented her outfit and accessories with glowing, neutral makeup.
Alicia Vikander usually opts for red-carpet makeup that's simple, radiant, and velvety, and her Met Gala makeup was no exception. If it's not broke, don't fix it, right? We must say, we appreciated her small winged liner detail.
Italian supermodel and Riccardo Tisci muse Mariacarla Boscano proved that a simple, understated beauty look can still be head-turning with candlelit skin (set with a spritz of Révive's Vitalité Energizing Hydration Mist) and a sleek low bun—all the better to show off her glitzy-gold gown, designed by Tisci himself.
Hailee Steinfeld didn't hold back. The multihyphenate actress and singer sported long nails, pastel makeup, and big, brushed out curls. Topping off the look with a giant black bow made for a doll-like result.
Chloe Grace Moretz
We also loved the bright pink lip color worn by Chloe Grace Moretz. Oh, and her polished and twisted half-up half-down hairstyle. It was very reminiscent of the '60s.
Speaking of the '60s, we have to talk about Lily Collins. She wore her hair in a giant bouffant, which was accessorized with a padded headband and white flowers. As if that wasn't enough, she wore vivid lavender eyeshadow and bold, winged eyeliner.
Glitter was the name of the Met Gala game for Lupita Nyong'o, who wore not one, but two shades of sparkle on her eyes in a bold display of color and light.
Zendaya took the Met Gala's Camp theme to channel a Disney princess. Her pale blue eyeshadow, golden blonde hair, and petal pink blushed basically screamed Cinderella.
Tessa Thompson's complexion was warm and radiant, but the only part of her look we can talk about is her mile-long braid, which reached from the top of her head all the way to red carpet itself. Seriously, it must have been over 5 feet long. It was incredible.
Camila Mendes wore blue and yellow eye makeup, which gave us summery vibes. Something about it makes us feel bright and happy, like a tropical vacation.
Elle Fanning forwent the '60s trend, and wore a beauty look that channeled the '70s instead. She wore her long, blonde hair in relaxed waves; her makeup was bright and colorful; her nails were covered in kitschy nail charms. We loved every detail.
There's only one word to describe Gigi Hadid's look: icy. The supermodel's hair was covered in the same silver material that made up the rest of her body suit. As for her makeup, she turned her lashes into icicles.
Gigi's sister Bella opted for a more traditional route, wearing a sultry smoky eye and a glamorously sleek pixie cut.
Cara Delevingne wore an elaborate and kooky headpiece atop her smooth, barrel-curled ponytail. She paired that, as well as her striped outfit, with a horizontal orange line running from ear to ear. A little bit of bright yellow pigment was applied to the outer corners of her mouth.
Zoe Kravitz kept it simple and chic. Everything from her braids to her super dewy skin and minimal makeup look was perfect. Sure, it's not exactly 'campy,' but it's gorgeous nonetheless.
Sophie Turner donned space-age hair and makeup, wearing graphic navy blue eyeshadow and silver glitter in her swept-back hair. To us, she looks like a chic, modern-day Zenon.
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