Every year since 1959, the first Monday of May means one thing and one thing only to devout beauty and fashion lovers worldwide: the Met Gala. And last night's show (themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination) did not disappoint. In fact, it delivered on all the fronts we've come to expect from the event: wigs, hairpieces, carpet-long trains, and yes, an overall air of opulence. Which, one might assume, doesn't leave much room for budget-friendly beauty from the likes of the local drugstore. But that's where they'd be wrong.
Contrary to the extravagant luxuriousness of what went down on the Met Gala red carpet fashion-wise last night, the majority of what many attendees wore on their faces and in their hair turned out to be much less unsettling to our bank accounts. And from start to finish, many of the beauty looks were completely affordable and featured some of our favorite brands and products hailing from the drugstore. Curious to see which looks you can re-create post–Target run? Keep reading for 16 of the best drugstore Met Gala beauty looks (and products) from 2018.
We don't know about you, but we were almost as spellbound by the impeccable shine of Lily Collins's strands as we were by the style itself. Celebrity stylist Gregory Russell achieved the gleaming look by prepping (and later saturating and braiding) Collins's hair with this miraculous leave-in conditioner spray.
"I went with a plum-stained lip—something subtle and earthy, but enough to add dimension to the makeup," explained Washington's go-to makeup artist Carola Gonzalez. First, she lined and blotted Washington's lips, applied the above color from Neutrogena, and then continued to blot the application until it became more of a stain.
It was unequivocally important for Kaling's royal-inspired hairstyle to remain in place and polished. To prep her crown for backcombing and an extra hit of durability, celebrity hairstylist Marc Mena used this Byrdie HQ favorite dry shampoo.
"The look is inspired by 1950s Monte Carlo with a nod to Grace Kelly royalty. We wanted Mindy to be the belle of the ball, and I think we achieved that with this opulent yet classic look," he says.
After wetting her hair, celebrity hairstylist Ben Skervin supplemented the actress's strands with a healthy dose of this budget-friendly mousse to give her "lift, volume, and texture."
It's true. For under $5, you can have Monáe's covetable glow all for yourself.
"Once Janelle’s face was complete, I put my love and focus on her body by massaging her skin with Vaseline's Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter ($3) made with healing Vaseline jelly for a hydrated glow," makeup artist Jessica Smalls tells us.
Blake Lively is known for her glow, and in the case of this year's Met Gala, said radiance can be attributed to this shimmering drugstore pick from L'Oreal, which Kristofer Buckle swept along her cheeks and nose for extra contour.
Amber Heard's gilded, eye-catching makeup look was inarguably one of our favorite drugstore-born Met Gala makeup looks of the night. Celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis layered this crushed metallic formula on top of L'Oreal Paris's Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in Eternal Sunshine ($8) to bring the Heard's luminous aesthetic to eyes.
Aboah's bold graphic eye was by far one of the most head-turning of the night. And to be honest, we never would have guessed makeup artist Celia Burton used a drugstore formula to create it. Using scotch tape to create sharp lines from the lower lash line up to brow bone, we learned Burton used this affordable eyeliner "to create an edgy cat-eye shape to emphasize Adwoa's eyes."
After shampooing, conditioning, and applying gel, celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh saturated Padukone's flowing mane with this luxe, albeit affordable, oil from the drugstore, which features camellia and sunflower.
Hammam had one of the most striking red lips on the carpet at the 2018 Met Gala, and it's all thanks to this budget-friendly matte lip color from Revlon.
Inspired by her bold Joan of Arc–esque Met Gala look, Zendaya's hairstylist Ursula Stephen carefully scrunched this curl-defining mousse through the singer and actress's mid-lengths and ends to welcome her natural shine and to help maintain her slick-looking waves.
We're always in awe of Ashley Graham's perpetually flawless complexion, and we may have just discovered her number one secret: this face-perfecting priming formula from Revlon.
Maybelline New York Spokesmodel Gigi Hadid walked the Met Gala red carpet with an aura around her—an aura we blame on her luminous makeup look courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta. Though the model was wearing a never-before-seen eye shadow palette, Maybelline's Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette (sorry, it doesn't launch until September!), Ta also doused her cheeks with this drugstore find, which is 100% up for grabs (thank goodness).
Over and over again, Katy Perry wows us on the red carpet with her show stopping looks. And in case you've been wondering how she gets said makeup to stay put so perfectly, we have the inside scoop. Celebrity makeup artist Michael Anthony used this affordable drugstore setting spray to keep everything intact as his parting step.
According to Chris Naselli, this fan-favorite micro-mist hair spray was used as a strategic springboard to not only create lots of volume and texture but to provide Vikander's elegant updo with unbeatable hold to boot.
Taking a theatrical cue from Lucrezia Borgia, Romeo's Juliet, and her show stopping Prada gown, makeup artist Katey Denno used this new lip scrub from drugstore favorite brand Burt's Bees to "exfoliate, prime, and prep her lips" before applying the brand's Liquid Lipstick in Blush Brook ($10).
Looking for more affordable Met Gala beauty buys? Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart didn't wear anything over $15.