Whenever the Met Gala comes around, red carpet beauty veers away from the standard sultry smoky eyes and sleek updos and instead toward fun, out-of-the-box looks. On the first Monday of May, eye makeup gets glitzier, hairstyles become more sculptural, and lipsticks take a technicolor turn at the star-studded event. With this year’s theme being “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” celebrities, like Joan Collins, Jennifer Loez, and Lupita Nyong’o, are interpreting it through hair and makeup moments that are cheekier and more innovative than ever before. As a bold makeup lover, this year’s Met Gala is my Super Bowl, birthday, and first night of Hanukkah wrapped into one major occasion.
Makeup artists and hairstylists, such as Fiona Stiles, Frederic Asprias, and Patrick Ta, continue to turn the faces and hair of their celebrity clients into walking works of art. Honestly, their campy creations deserve to be displayed alongside the dresses that will be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute starting May 8.
Interestingly enough, one product that several of these celebs, including our digital cover star Lizzo, Lady Gaga, and Ciara, all have in common is the brand-new Marc Jacobs Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème. Yup, no matter how they camp it up, their moisturizer is exactly the same.
Read on to find out about the most stunning hair and makeup looks of the night. I can guarantee you can catch me recreating a bunch of them over the next couple of weeks. And be sure to follow the rest of our Met Gala coverage.
I’m not here to name a first-place winner, but Lupita Nyong’o won my heart. I will say that. Makeup artist Nick Barose took inspiration from Divine and John Waters for this glittery extravaganza, and it shows. He used three different shades of glitter and glued down her brows to create the truly campy look.
All eyes were on actor/singer Ezra Miller, pun intended. His mesmerizing optical illusion of realistic eye drawings all over his face was aided by a retro bobbed wig and fire-engine-red lipstick. I can’t stop looking at this, but I’m also not sure which eyes to look into.
As a proponent of incorporating your nose in your bold makeup, I’m a huge fan of this look. Cara Delevingne added a stripe of electric orange horizontally across the bridge of her nose and cheeks. She also toned down her lips with a milky pink hue.
Our digital cover star went head-to-toe pink with a finger-waved florescent updo, as well as bubblegum shadow, lipstick, and blush. The only element that could have completed this monochromatic Pink Panther moment would be fuchsia mascara, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Instead of reaching for her trademark extensions, Jennifer Lopez tucked her hair under a flapper-esque beaded headpiece. But that’s not even the best part. She also tied her necklace into her makeup with an equally-as-lavender eye shadow, and I’m in awe.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas
At their first Met Gala as a married couple, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas synchronized their silver getups. Priyanka went Mad Hatter with it, complete with blocked-out brows and maroon lips and cheeks. Nick, on the other hand, smudged liner along his lash lines and clipped on some earring cuffs.
This is only one out of two looks Ciara brought to the 2019 Met Gala. The first included ‘fro buns. Then she let her hair down for this emerald style. She clipped back her hair with studded barrettes to show off her green eye makeup.
Joan Collins looked like royalty on the red carpet, and let’s be real, she actually is. She is a dame, after all, and has the diamond tiara to prove it. The magenta lipstick is just an added bonus.
Makeup artist Patrick Ta echoed model Joan Smalls’s elaborate headpiece and geometric gown in her eye makeup with glittery, graphic black eyeliner. The rest of her makeup was kept fresh and minimal to let the darker details take center stage.
The salsa dancer emoji came to life with Zoe Saldana’s 2019 Met Gala look. The only difference is you can’t see the emoji’s beauty details. If you were able to take a closer look, I’m sure you’d see orchids clipped into her hair and rhinestones on her lids, just like Saldana.
With her hair in an extremely aesthetically pleasing rolled bun, you get to appreciate actress Pom Klementieff’s sparkly winged eye shadow in all its glory. This is everything I imagined the “Camp” theme would be, portrayed in makeup, so I’m ecstatic just looking at this.
In case you needed another reason to rewatch Hocus Pocus, allow me to point you toward Bette Midler’s dark goddess look. She slipped on a curly red wig that echoed her early days and brought one of her most dramatic makeup moments to the red carpet.
Lily Collins brought a little bit of Priscilla Presley, a dash of Sharon Tate, and a hint of Cher to the 2019 Met Gala with her butterfly-adorned bouffant and thick headband, courtesy of hairstylist Gregory Russell. Makeup artist Fiona Stiles further executed the vision with lashes for days and opaque lilac shadow.
Kristen Stewart is giving me K-pop star vibes with her buttercup-yellow brows and Living Coral hair. I can easily imagine a member of Pentagon pulling off a look just like this.
Hairstylist Jenny Cho colored actress Lucy Boynton’s wavy bob a dreamy shade of blue to give her a fairy-like look, and the mission was thoroughly accomplished. I wish I had a wig that looked exactly like this — and I’ll take the tulle headband, too. For her makeup, her go-to artist Jo Baker tacked on rays of rhinestones and brushed up Boynton’s brows for a more ethereal look.
Danai Gurira’s beaded bangs peeped out from under a black top hat. What you can’t see is she definitely had a cane to go along with her dandy look. To take the fierceness up a notch, a twinkly deep turquoise shadow was blended all over her eyes and her lips were given a coat of maroon.
Model Paloma Elsesser paid homage to the 1920s with thin, drawn-on brows and thin, spidery lashes. Her lids were covered with bold swaths of lavender and sky blue, and a deep maroon was painted onto her lips. As for her hair, it had a V-shaped part and a tightly coiled bun to add to the artistic aesthetic.
Actress Awkwafina is the ultimate golden girl with her bejeweled lids. Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty layered gems over shimmery eye shadow for an incredible 3-D effect. The matte brick-red lipstick she swiped on was a great contrast to the mirror-like finishes.
Yara Shahidi’s 2019 Met Gala look reminds me of the bird scene in Moonrise Kingdom in the best way possible. Hairstylist Kendall Dorsey fashioned half of Shahidi’s curls into a tousled bun on top of her head, and makeup artist Emily Cheng snaked a chain of jewels around one of the actress’s eyes. The total effect made Shahidi look positively raven-like.
For those unfamiliar, Hamish Bowles is Vogue‘s international editor at large and one of my new favorite people. His pastel blue-and-green waves are so mermaid-like and so right. Don’t even get me started on the coiled sky-blue headband. I suddenly want to be a headband girl again, and I haven’t worn one since 2013.
I never knew I needed to see the day that Mindy Kaling went platinum blonde. But now that the day is here and I am obsessed. The bright hue is like highlighter for the actress’s skin, amping up her glow in an unexpected way. She also seemed to have lightened her brows to make her new hair color look more natural.
Although Lady Gaga had *four* outfit changes on the Met Gala red carpet, courtesy of designer Brandon Maxwell, her multidimensional lashes stayed exactly the same — extraordinary. Makeup artist Sarah Tanno seriously outdid herself by topping Gaga’s eyes with gilded foil spikes, lush falsies, and golden tinsel. Dramatic black-and-white winged liner as well as silver rhinestones were added to the perfectly elaborate look. In the midst of her gown transformations, the singer/actor also touched up her fuchsia lipstick. All may or may not be teasers for her upcoming makeup line, Haus Beauty.
As if this wasn’t enough, hairstylist Frederic Aspiras created bow-shaped twists and pinned them atop Gaga’s wavy platinum lob.
If Celine Dion didn’t already have a Vegas residency, she proved she deserved one with this showstopping, 22-pound feathery headpiece. The singer covered her head in long gold quills with more delicate feathers on her forehead like bangs. Makeup artist Justin St. Clair amped up the golden fantasy with metallic brows, lids, and nude lips.
Barrette stacking be damned. Instead of picking only two or three hair accessories for the 2019 Met Gala, hairstylist Justine Marjan decked out Ashley Graham’s whole waist-length ponytail with bows, clips, and jeweled pins for a more-is-more Gucci look. I’ll take them all, please.
The second I saw Pose‘s Billy Porter, I gasped so loudly that my neighbor probably heard me. Carried in on a throne, the actor wowed with the Midas touch he gave his hair and makeup. His ornate golden headdress was paired with matching sequined makeup circling his eyes. On his lips, he added gorgeous metallic accents to deep eggplant lipstick.
Laverne Cox looks like she just walked off the set for an ’80s makeup ad, and I’m so in love that I want this very picture framed. Her dreamy seafoam hair coordinated with her pastel winged shadow to a T. She even went mascara-less for the big event to make the look that much more jaw-droppingly amazing. Her cheekbones were defined with strong, petal-pink blush and her lips glimmered with a holographic plum hue.
Harry Styles celebrated adding 2019 Met Gala cohost to his résumé with slicked-back hair, radiant skin, and a collection of exposed tattoos through his sheer, lacy Gucci blouse. Oh, yeah, and his pearl drop earring was an unexpectedly elegant touch.
Remember the feather lashes that iconic makeup artist Pat McGrath created for the Valentino spring 2019 couture show? Well, model Sara Sampaio just experimented with the fluttery look in her own way. She glued black plumes to the outer corners of her lids. On the inner corners, she intricately applied silver rhinestones to add some lightness to the otherwise dark look. You can also find the same accents down her middle-parted updo.