The Best Beauty Looks From the 2023 Met Gala

It's fashion's prom night.

Best Met Gala beauty including Quinta Brunson, Emrata, Jennie Kim, and Lilly James

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Coco Chanel famously said, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off," but something tells us 2023 Met Gala attendees will not be heeding that advice—especially when it comes to their beauty looks.

After all, Karl Lagerfeld—the German designer whose work drives this year's exhibit, "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty"—was known for bringing a healthy dose of maximalism to the Chanel label that might have polarized the brand's longtime fans at first but eventually went on to become one of the most defining aesthetics of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. (Chain dress, anyone?)

We expect guests like Dua Lipa, Margot Robbie, and Stephanie Hsu to pair iconic custom and archival gowns from brands including Chanel, Fendi, and Chloé with modern beauty touches—milky manis and slept-in smoky eyes will surely abound.

Read for our favorite beauty looks from the 2023 Met Gala.

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LaLa Anthony

LaLa Anthony with a high ponytail, headband, and tiny sunglasses

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LaLa Anthony (one of the evening's official correspondents) opted for a Barbie beauty moment, pairing '60s-inspired sunnies with a sleek high ponytail. Makeup artist Rokael Lizama used MAC's Chestnut ($22) and Spice ($22) Lip Pencils for the supermodel-inspired lip look.

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Chloe Fineman

Chloe Fineman with a wispy updo and pink makeup

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Conversely, SNL star and Met Gala correspondent Chloe Fineman went the wispy route with an artfully messy updo that would make Pamela Anderson proud. (And we're loving the chic pink eyeshadow moment.)

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Emma Chamberlain

Emma Chamberlain beauty close-up at the 2023 Met Gala

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Another Met Gala correspondent in sleek strands and a headband, Emma Chamberlain's makeup look featured smokey eyes and fluffy brows. Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan lined the waterline with Lancôme's Le Stylo Waterproof ($28) in 02 Noir Intense, smudging it along the bottom lash line.

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Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz at the 2023 Met Gala with a mantilla veil and sleek, shiny hair

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Under Penelope Cruz's veil, the Academy Award-winning actress wore her hair sleek and center-parted. Her lit-from-within glow was courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury herself, who used her Hollywood Beauty Light Wands ($42) in Spotlight and Pinkgasm.

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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski with baby bangs and smoky winged eyeliner at the 2023 Met Gala

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With smoky winged eyeliner and blunt-cut baby bangs, Emily Ratajkowski injected her look with a heavy dose of rock and roll. For the neutral lip look, makeup artist Linda Hay used Pat McGrath Labs' MatteTrance Lipstick ($39) and PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil ($29)—both in the shade Nude Venus—and Lust Gloss in Dare to Bare ($29).

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Quinta Brunson

Quinta Brunson with a sculptural hairstyle at the 2023 Met Gala

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Sculptural updo? Check. Laid baby hairs? Check. Wispy lashes? Check and check. If there's anything amiss in Quinta Brunson's look, we have yet to find it. Hairstylist Alexander Armand used Maui Moisture—along with some strategic hairpieces and Brunson's own coils—for the creation. The edges were laid with the brand's Lightweight Curls + Flaxseed Edge Control ($8). As for her makeup, makeup artist Jessica Smalls wanted to give Brunson a look that was as soft as the Chanel camellia flower, and used a full face of Glossier.

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Margaret Qualley

Margaret Qualley at the 2023 Met Gala

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Calling it now: 2023 will be the year of the Malt Shop Bob. (And Margaret Qualley is making a compelling case for the look.)

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Michaela Cole

Michaela Coel at the 2023 Met Gala with sleek cornrows

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Michaela Cole kept things streamlined with sleek straight-back cornrows. Her razor-sharp cat eye came courtesy of makeup artist Bernicia Boateng, who used Pat McGrath Labs to create the look.

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Suki Waterhouse

Suki Waterhouse on the red carpet at the 2023 Met Gala

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Suki Waterhouse gave us a draped coral blush moment and the subtlest of green inner corner eyeshadow, both of which drew on the tones of her dress.

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Sydney Sweeney

Sydney Sweeney with soft glam and a big hair bow at the Met Gala 2023

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With subtle glam, loose waves, and a giant hair bow, Sydney Sweeney was the softest of soft girls.

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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi at the 2023 Met Gala on the red carpet

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She may be playing Tinkerbell in an upcoming film, but with this pearlescent corset moment and undulating waves, Yara Shahidi is giving mermaid. (And we love it.)

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Whitney Peak

Whitney Peak at the 2023 Met Gala, viewed close up

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The latest in a storied line of Coco Mademoiselle ambassadors, Whitney Peak took inspiration from Coco Chanel's heyday—the 1920s—with finger waves created by Naeemah LaFond using Moroccanoil products. (We're into the bejeweled bottom lash moment, too.)

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Jennie Kim

Jennie Kim at the 2023 Met Gala on the red carpet, viewed up close

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With softly diffused blush and subtle brows paired with a tight velvet choker, we're going to go ahead and induct Jennie into the Girly Goth Club.

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Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish at the 2023 Met Gala on the red carpet

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Another attendee putting the Goth in Gotham, Billie Eilish weaved black ribbon throughout her raven braid (and accessorized with clips that would make Karl proud).

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Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek at the 2023 Met Gala, head over her shoulder

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A bubble bow moment is the easiest way to elevate a ponytail—as demonstrated here by eternal beauty icon Salma Hayek and her red rosettes. And that glowy shoulder situation? Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Body Cream ($65).

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Lily James

Lily James on the 2023 Met Gala Red Carpet, viewed up close

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Lily James' bronzed halo eye and neutral-toned blush were framed by the micro-est of micro bangs, crafted by hairstylist Halley Brisker using Great Lengths extensions and Olaplex products.

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Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh on the red carpet at the 2023 Met Gala

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As newly minted Best Actress Michelle Yeoh demonstrates, sometimes its best to let winged liner do the talking.

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Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo at the 2023 Met Gala

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Olivia Rodrigo proved that the Hepburn Bangs trend is alive and well. Underneath hers? Sultry lashes and a cat-like flick taken right out of the Marilyn Monroe playbook. Hairstylist Clayton Hawkins used Dove's Brilliant Gloss & Repair Serum ($9) and Extra Hold Hairspray ($7) to keep the look prime and pristine. 

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Stephanie Hsu

Stephanie Hsu with dramatic makeup at the 2023 Met Gala

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We've never been much for beauty rules, especially when breaking them can yield such stunning results. As Stephanie Hsu showcases, going for a dramatic lip and dramatic eye makeup is a total power move. (MUA Allan Avendaño used Well People's Lip Nurture Hydrating Balm in Black Cherry, $15, for the lip.)

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Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway on the Met Gala 2023 red carpet

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It was a big night for '60s beauty, and Anne Hathaway got in on the trend with a pumped-up bouffant.

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Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke on the red carpet at the 2023 Met Gala

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Makeup artist Mary Wiles used plant-based luxury makeup brand Le Rouge Français to create Maya Hawke's Parisienne chic makeup look. We're especially loving the low-key take on Twiggy lashes.

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Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan met gala ponytail

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Celebrity hairstylist Owen Gould created Brosnahan's sleek, sophisticated low pony using Better Not Younger's Lift Me Up Hair Thickener ($32) and Wake Up Call High-Hold Thickening Hairspray ($35). The The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress worked with Gould to keep the hair simple and sexy to align with her smoky eye and dusty-rose lip.

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde Met Gala 2023

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Oliva Wilde's shimmery eyeshadow paired perfectly with the gold accents in her dress, but it's her glowing skin that has us wowed. Makeup artist Jo Baker used 111Skin to prep Wilde's complexion, including the Repair Serum NAC Y2R2 ($350). Hairstylist Mara Roszak used Rōz hair products for Wilde's bouncy waves.

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Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose Met Gala 2023

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Ariana DeBose did the thing with a radiant complexion and glittering eyes. Makeup artist  Andrea Tiller prepped DeBose's skin with QMS Medicosmetics before applying a full face of Milk Makeup.

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