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Behind the scenes at the 2018 Met Gala


This year's theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" and there were lots of interesting interpretations on the red carpet.

Cynthia Erivo, 💄 makeup by Giselle Ali

I was hoping jeweled brows would become a trend after Oprah wore them throughout "A Wrinkle In Time", and this event was definitely the perfect time to try them. It appears as though Giselle used the glue stick technique to conceal Cynthia's brow hair and create a smooth surface to stick the Swarovski crystals to. It took two hours to arrange them! She used mostly MAC Cosmetics products (the lip is their Retro Matte liquid lipstick in "High Drama").

Kate Bosworth, 💄 makeup by Beau Nelson

This was so striking, I couldn't stop looking at her. It may very well be my favorite overall look, which is surprising considering I'm usually all about "more is more" when it comes to makeup. Achieving this flawless, porcelain skin is the holy grail for makeup artists. Making foundation look like bare skin is one of the hardest things to do. She looked like a Renaissance painting come to life! Beau used all Chantecaille products.

Lily Collins, 💄 makeup by Fiona Stiles, hair by Gregory Russell

It's Catholic Wednesday Adams, in the best way! The rhinestone placement is really beautiful, and apparently the red teardrop was meant to represent the blood of Christ. This is also probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen in hair! Gregory used all Marc Anthony hair products, and Fiona used Lancôme cosmetics.

Emilia Clarke, 💄 makeup by Jillian Dempsey

Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, Wearer of Blush, Mother of Dragons. This was the first look where I felt really excited about the makeup. Exaggerating blush is one of my favorite things to do, it's whimsical and romantic. The pop of color was fun and really lifted the look by adding a playfulness that balanced the dress. Jillian used the same blush color for Emilia's eyeshadow, and all Laura Mercier products.

Kim Kardashian, 💄 makeup by Mario Dedivanovic

Kim just recently came out with her own line of cosmetics, KKW Beauty, which Mario used to achieve this look. I had the opportunity to take his Master Class in New York last summer and I got her contour sticks in my goodie bag, and I really love the formula. He's been doing her makeup for ten years, and this was sort of a throwback to their early days working together when she used to wear heavier, more dramatic makeup. She also wore honey-colored contact lenses to give her eyes an otherworldly look.

Kerry Washington, 💄 makeup by Carolina Gonzalez, hair by Takisha Sturdivant-Drew

Another bare face, I'm so surprised how much I was inspired by the more subtle looks. She looked so fun and 70s, and her makeup was fresh and glowy. Carolina used all Neutrogena cosmetics (click here for the full product breakdown on their instagram page), and it's always exciting to see major artists using drugstore products! There are some real gems at the drugstore, you don't always have to break the bank.

Amber Heard, 💄 makeup by Melanie Inglessis, hair by Robert Vetica

Amber's halo headpiece was constructed out of zip ties spray painted gold, which might be my favorite thing about the whole Met Gala! Melanie used all L'Oreal products to achieve this look. I love the flecks of gold leaf in her hair, and the halo of gold, glittery shadow around the eyes. Her lips are L'Oreal Colour Riche lip liner in "Truly Burgundy" and Infallible Le Rouge lipstick in "Resilient Raisin".

Solange Knowles, 💄 makeup by Dana Delaney

Dana used all Burt's Bees products on Solange, and I love what she did with her lashes. I was able to ask her what she used on instagram, and she trimmed individual lashes to make them blunt and look chunkier, then applied them along the lower lash line. She also used a gloss on the lids to give the eyeshadow a wet look.

Cardi B, 💄 makeup by Erika La Pearl

Cardi has smaller eyes that are set closer together, so Erika always extends her eyeshadow and liner outward to elongate the eye, and chooses lighter shadows for the inner corner and darker ones for the outer corner of the eye to create the illusion of eyes that are set further apart. I just love these warm jewel tones, they really complimented the rhinestones and embroidery on the dress. Her face didn't match her body in some of the pictures I saw, so I think the foundation might have been a little off. It happens to the best of us!

Jennifer Lopez, 💄 makeup by Scott Barnes

First, can we geek out about the robe she wore when she was getting ready?? Even people who aren't insane J.Lo superfans like I am would recognize that Versace pattern from the dress she famously wore at the 2000 Grammy's. She recently released a line of cosmetics as part of a collaboration with Inglot, and my birthday is on June 2nd (I have a pdf of my wishlist that I can email at a moment's notice). The man responsible for her "glow" from day one, Scott Barnes, focused more on bronzer and natural tones to keep the makeup neutral and not pull focus from the dress. He added super dramatic individual lashes for a theatrical finish.


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