There’s a lot we missed during the pandemic (non-elasticated clothing, our wax therapists, life beyond Zoom…), including our annual beauty fix courtesy of the Met Gala. So, when the red carpet was finally rolled out again last night, we were on the edge of our seats waiting to see what wonders the world’s top hair and makeup artists had dreamed up. Needless to say, they did not disappoint.
We’re talking space-tastic vibes, big hairdos, and rhinestones galore. With a touch of old-Hollywood glamour thrown in for good measure, of course. If you’re after a big dose of #beautyinpso, look no further than these 2021 Met Gala beauty looks. Extra doesn’t quite cut it.
Forget using liner to create your winged look, because as Julia Garner perfectly proved, silver embellishments make a much bigger beauty statement. Especially when teamed with super simple skin, a subtle contour, and a mauve matte mouth.
It was all vampire vibes and gothic glam for GOT star Maisie Williams, who teamed a show-stopping Maleficent-esque sculptured hairdo with deep berry lips and black winged liner. Not forgetting those black and green nails. Terrifyingly brilliant.
Stepping out on the red carpet with her new blonde ‘do, we almost didn’t recognize Kirsten Stewart and her very different beauty look. Gone were her dark eyes and bold locks, and instead we saw an elegant quiffed ponytail teamed with pink (yes, pink) washed lids. And we liked it.
Paying homage to Bianca Jagger and her iconic Met Gala appearance, supermodel Kaia Gerber turned to hair guru Guido Palau to create the finger wave look of dreams. Paired with minimal makeup and perfectly groomed brows, she oozed elegance on the red carpet.
It may have been Emma Chamberlain’s first Met Gala appearance, but the YouTube extraordinaire dazzled like a true red-carpet veteran in her gold Louis Vuitton minidress and neon-flecked makeup. Armed with Byredo beauty products, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan modernized the classic smoky eye with vivid green accents, which were perfectly offset by a simple but chic 70s-style hair flick.
Keke Palmer channeled some major Diana Ross vibes whilst hosting on the red carpet, complete with big, voluminous curls, strobed skin, and a big, bold bronze eye. Pass the highlighter, please.
Blink and you might think you’re looking at an old red-carpet pic of Marilyn Monroe, but no, this really is Billie Eilish. Ditching her signature two-tone hair and grungy look, the singer took inspiration from old-school Hollywood and her childhood holiday Barbies to create the ultimate classic glam get-up.
With her Grecian meets bridal beauty look, Yara Shahidi could be summed up in one word. Stunning. Teaming cocoa lips, glowing skin, and – of course – that cute curl, she had us clambering at our baby hairs faster than you can say “you go curl”.
When Hung Vanngo’s on makeup and Harry Josh is on hair, you know you’re onto a winner. Karlie Kloss was the ultimate lady in red in her gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown, which was matched perfectly to her statement red lip. And the secret behind her slick chignon? The KMS ‘Tame Frizz’ hair oil. *Adds to cart*.
If anyone can pull off pearl-studded brows, fierce feline flicks, and a slicked-back, futuristic pink pony, it’s Grimes.
She may have sung “we’ll never be royals”, but Lorde’s dewy complexion, rosy cheeks, natural brows, and work-of-art headpiece made for a look fit for a queen.
Bringing her A-game yet again, Ciara’s waist-long ponytail and shimmery smokey eye added high-glam drama to elevate her shimmery football jersey-inspired dress.
It’s official, Megan Fox is bringing back micro bangs, and we’re into it. Channeling Bettie Page with her faux fringe and cherry red lips, she effortlessly brought 50s beauty into the modern day.
Whilst some used rhinestones to adorn their faces, Alicia Keys used them to sparkle her strands instead. Keeping her makeup minimal with just a touch of liner and a slick of lipstick, she let her hair do the talking, placing diamante details in her polished ponytail.
If we had to sum up Taylor Hill’s look in two words, they’d be ‘ethereally elegant’. Proving that you can keep it simple and classic and still steal the spotlight, the model opted for nude lips, bronzed skin, and a subtle cat-eye flick.
Turning to her go-to makeup guru Mary Philips to create her natural glam look, Kendall Jenner went for simple beauty to offset her jaw-dropping sheer Givenchy gown. Which was covered in sparkling crystals, of course.
Lupita Nyong’o made blue her hue, matching her eyes to her custom Versace denim dress. As for her hair? The rule was clearly the bigger, the better.
Gigi Hadid made Prada her pick, adding a flash of color to her monochrome get-up with pastel blue peepers contrasted against flawless feline flicks. Debuting a ravishing red hair color too, which she wore swept up in a statement pony, she was the red carpet version of Jessica Rabbit.
A statement outfit and a statement eye? Trust Cara Delevingne to pull both off without breaking a sweat. Braving shimmery red shadow and wet-look locks, she looked effortlessly cool as ever.
Zoë Kravitz in three words? Pared-back perfection.
Turning up oh-so-fashionably late, Rihanna shut down the red carpet once again when she finally made it to this year’s event. Rocking the ultimate fall-winter beauty look complete with dark plum lips and spidery lashes courtesy of Fenty Beauty (obv), she singlehandedly ushered in the new season with her vampy vibes. To get the look makeup artist Hector Espinal created, make sure you get your hands on the new ‘Diamond Bomb Palette’ and the ‘Underdawg’ lip paint. You’re welcome.
It was all about purple on purple for Camila Cabello, whose violet eyes had us Googling what shade was used to achieve the perfect color payoff without looking OTT. Luckily for us, makeup artist Patrick Ta took to Instagram to reveal the key products he used, having us all rushing to stock up on L’Oréal’s ‘Infallible Paint Metallic’ eyeshadow in ‘Violet Luster’.
Yes, this really is Hailee Steinfeld. And yes, she really has a fresh icy blonde bob. “Did something different” said hairstylist Ruslan Nureev on Instastories. Understatement much?
Speaking of shorter styles, model Joan Smalls made a serious case for the pixie cut with her fresh cropped do. Paired with a metallic gold eye, fluttery lashes, and a matte power pout, it added a cool edge to her refined beauty look.