For those wondering how American fashion translates to hair and makeup, well, we put together a list of our favorite beauty moments from the 2021 Met Gala's cream carpet for you to peruse. You're sure to be surprised by how these celebrities brought U.S.A. vibes to their looks beyond red, white, and blue.
With Anna Mae Wong, the first Chinese American actress, as a reference point, makeup artist Daniel Martin took 1920s makeup techniques and gave them 2021 twists by giving Chan's winged liner a chartreuse canvas, which was a pistachio shadow atop the Lâ€™OrÃ©al Paris Brilliant Eyes liquid Eyeshadow in Crown Gold. Hairstylist Owen Gould took the inspiration one step farther with looped braids.
Just when we thought Lupita Nyong'o couldn't top her 2019 Met Gala look, she went and did just that. Inspired by Brooklyn-born conceptual artist Lorna Simpson, hairstylist Vernon FranÃ§ois formed the actor's afro into tulle-like whirls.
Makeup artist Nick Barose tied in the denim hues of Nyong'o's dress into her eye makeup with the LancÃ´me HypnÃ´se 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Bleu Hypnotique.
Kehlani looked to her go-to hairstylist Kahh Spence for her fun flipped-out look. The key to her throwback blowout was a generous spritzing of the OGX Protecting + Silk BlowoutThermal Spray. Beneath the face-framing style, makeup artist Troye Antonio created a tangerine-toned look. We're loving Kehlani's bronzed rose flush, which Antonio dusted on with a combo of the Nars Dolce Vita Blush and Laguna Bronzer. Whitney Peak
The Gossip Girl reboot star teamed up with makeup artist Tyron Machhausen for a playfully florescent green eye makeup, which contrasted her sophisticated Chanel dress. After carefully gluing the neon lime chunky glitter along her lashline in the place of traditional liquid liner, he tapped the Chanel Ombre PremiÃ¨re Laque in LamÃ© Ivoire all over her lids to help them be as reflective as her gown.
Peak's glam team also included hairstylist Naeemah LaFond, who reached for the Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray to amplify Peak's natural texture as a tribute to Black beauty
Spooky may be one way to describe Hunter Schafer's look; we call it genius. Contact lenses are often forgotten about as a fun part of a beauty look, and the actor reminded us all of their impact. She popped in a pair of white-out ones to draw attention to her intricate, spider-demon nosepiece. Her blunt bob and taupe winged shadow were amazing backdrops for the unexpected jewelry too.
As one of the first female K-pop stars to attend the Met Gala, CL proved more definitely need to be invited in the future. Hairstylist Duo Hiro and Mari fashioned her blonde hair into an exquisite bow-like updo while makeup artist Maki Ryoke drew on CL's signature thick winged liner.
When wearing a football jersey-inspired dress, it's only right to tie your hair into a ponytail. However, this is Ciara we're talking about, so the longer the hair is always the better. Her ultra-voluminous low pony â€” boosted with extensions and the Paul Mitchell Round Trip Curl Defining Serum â€” fell past her waist in a caramel blonde hue, and her baby hairs were curled into intentional wispies by hairstylist Cesar DeLeon Ramirez.
Sparkles were supreme with Cynthia Ervo's otherwise minimalist ensemble. Glitz covered her lengthy talons, septum ring, and hoop earrings. To not compete with it, Ervo's makeup artist for the night, Sam Fine, kept her makeup fresh and simple with lush falsies and nude lips, particularly with the Giorgio Armani Lip Power Lipstick in 200 (all over) and 106 (just on the center for dimension).
Old Hollywood glamour was Eliza GonzÃ¡lez's definition of American fashion and beauty for the night. Nothing represents that theme better than sharp winged liner, berry lips, and a bouncy, curled bob. The actor delivered each element with peak elegance.
Hairstylist Cameron Rains went with a nymph aesthetic for Lorde's Met Gala 2021 look. He topped her natural waves with an ornate crown. To ensure Lorde's hair was shiny and healthy for the occasion, he slathered it with the hydrating Matrix Total Results A Curl Can Dream Rich Mask and let it sit overnight before rinsing it out.
Precious Lee looked like a precious gem for fashion's biggest night after a week of closing shows at NYFW. Her zoot suit-inspired outfit was paired with a bedazzled high ponytail and swirly edges alongside winged taupe shadow and cat- eye liner perfected by makeup artist Raisa Flowers.
Fresh off filming an influencer-centric movie, Zoey Deutch went just as trendy with her Met Gala makeup. Makeup artist Jenna Kristina coated the actor's lids in a Y2K-era, holographic lilac shadow that echoed the iridescence of her beaded gown. Hairstylist Gregory Russel even extended Deutch's hair down to her waist, too. Citing Cher as his inspiration, he added effortless texture to her new hair with a 1.5-inch barrel curling iron and a squirt of the Pureology Shine Bright Taming Serum.
Never one to play it safe with her hair, Tracee Ellis Ross went with a blunt bob for the night, complete with equally as sharp bangs.
Of course, Iman had our jaws on the ground with her look. Designer Harris Reed created a larger-than-life headpiece for the iconic supermodel, which sat atop flowing, golden highlighted waves. Her ever so recognizable visage was decorated with emerald eye makeup and gold-toned nude lipstick
After last night's Jheri curled mullet moment at the VMAs, Lil Nas X focused his beauty pizzaz on the outer corners of his eyes with delicate, tiny gold arrows painted on by makeup artist Grace Pae.
Naomi Osaka paid homage to her Japanese and Haitian heritage with dreamy crimson blush-meets-eye makeup, matching lipstick, and gravity-defining hair.
Double the buns were double the fun for Jennifer Hudson. Hairstylist Kiyah made the stacked bun happen with the smoothing, shine-inducing powers of Fekkaiâ€™s Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker Perfecting CrÃ¨me.
The high style topped a timeless smoky eye and red lip duo refined by makeup artist Ernesto Casillas. The latter was pulled off with the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Luxe Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet.
Josephine Baker was on the center of Yara Shahidi's Met Gala mood board, and it shined through with her braided crown, curled baby hair in the center of her forehead, and soft mauve makeup. The latter was brought to you by her go- to makeup artist Emily Cheng, who also swept on a combination of the Dior Rouge Blush in #962 and #999 high up on Shahidi's cheekbones for a retro flush and adhered the new Kiss Lash Drip Lashes in You Dew You onto the actor's lash line for extra 1920s flair.
After calling herself Megan Monroe, we can't unsee the vision. The rapper's hair was fashioned into retro waves with intricately laid edges.
Makeup artist Lauren Elise Child took the rapper's go-to cut creases and ombre lips to an old Hollywood level with Meg's latest Revlon collection.
Wow, wow, wow, where should we start? Perhaps with Maisie Williams' bleached brows? They provided an excellent canvas for her medieval, Tim Burton-y eye makeup and oxblood-stained lips. Above them was a hair sculpture of Met proportions. We'd love to know just how many tubes of gel went into keeping those bows shiny and stiff.
If you've ever wondered what a renaissance painting would look like in the flesh, allow Barbie Ferreria to show you just how gorgeous a modern take can be. Hairstylist Malcolm Marquez gave her hair tight ringlets, which were locked into place with the Amika Headstrong Intense Hold Hairspray, and pearls were glued just below her middle part.
Makeup artist Kali Kennedy drew on ultra-thin brows and blended various amethyst hues â€” including, but not limited to, the Byredo Purple Stinger Colour Stick â€” onto Ferreria's lids for a royal, jewel-toned addition.
Ella Emhoff and Julia Garner presented a face gem extravaganza with their coordinating silver rhinestone looks concocted by artists from Pat McGrath's team. Emhoff framed her eyes with them, while Garner went with a faux winged liner look. All four cheekbones also featured the same petal-pink highlighter: Iridescent Pink 003 from the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio.
Poet Amanda Gorman is one of the night's co-chairs, and she's taking her latest position seriously. She brought Lady Liberty vibes with a cobalt twist â€” and I'm not just saying that because her clutch was emblazoned with the words, â€œGive us your tired.â€ A strip of gems adorned her face, and it led upward to a glitzed- out olive-branch headband designed by Jennifer Behr and bun-meets-braid.
New mom Ilana Glazer looked absolutely radiant on the cream carpet with flushed cheeks, dewy skin, and shimmery champagne eye makeup. The comedian's signature curls were on full display as springy and defined as ever in a blunt bob.
For her first time at the Met Gala, Emma Chamberlain brought '70s vibes along with her. Hairstylist Laura Polko gave the YouTube star retro flipped ends with the help of the T3 Curl ID and the Aquage Finishing Spray.
Makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, on the other hand, gave Chamberlian classic smoky eyes with groovy neon green accents â€” with Scylla from the Byredo Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palette in Syren â€” along Chamberlain's lash line and inner corners to echo the shimmery material of her bedazzled mini dress.
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