Inside Story: Best Met Gala Looks

If last week’s Met Gala excitement is starting to feel like a distant memory, fear not! If you missed any of the action or you want to know more about the people behind your favourite looks, I’ve got another treat for you. I’ve picked a few looks from the night and found out the inspiration behind their hair and makeup looks. Enjoy!

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It’s always thrilling to be involved in the Met Gala, fashion’s biggest night out on the New York calendar. Last week I told you all about creating Sienna Miller and Savannah Miller’s makeup looks on the night, but who was behind some of the other beauty looks from the red carpet? Here, I pick a few looks and reveal how their hair and makeup was done, thanks to some industry experts…

  1. Emma Stone: Makeup by Rachel Goodwin

    “For my inspiration, I really loved the idea of mixing metals and I was inspired by the Renaissance use of Metallics and paintings. I wanted to do something really opulent with the varying shades of warm and cool tones. Louis Vuitton does a really incredible job at bringing a modern approach to historical inspiration and I wanted to take that same approach.

    “The key products for this look were the Nars eye paint in “interstellar” and the velvet shadow stick in “Siros”. I also incorporated the Stila Glitter and glow liquid eyeshadow in “diamond dust”.

  2. Scarlett Johansson: Makeup by Frankie Boyd

    “For Scarlett’s makeup look at the Met Gala, I choose the vivid pink shade called “Rose Risqué” from the stunning “La Vie En Rose” eye shadow by Pat McGrath Labs. I wanted to use a color that would complement Scarlett’s beautiful green eyes in a romantic and feminine way. Pink, violet and warmer tones always makes green eyes really pop since they’re on the opposite ends of the color spectrum.

    “We have seen this trend (which employs color theory) embraced on IG and by celebrity makeup artists alike. It always works because it’s a fun and exciting way to infuse color into a makeup look in a flattering yet neutral way.”

  3. Sienna Miller & Savannah Miller: Hair by Earl Simms

    I’ve already told you how their makeup was created, but here Earl gives me the low-down on their hair…

    “My inspiration for Sienna was ‘ethereal modern’. Her hair was blow-dried smooth, then a large curling iron was used to create the very slight waves.

    “My inspiration for Poppy was ‘cool glamour’. Her hair was blow-dried smooth then I used a medium curling iron to create waves. I left the hair to cool then brushed back and into soft glamorous waves with a tousled finish to give it a cool edge.”

  4. Rihanna: Makeup by Priscilla Ono using Fenty Beauty

    I loved the heavily-highlighted strobe effect created for Rihanna’s Met Gala look by Priscilla Ono using Rihanna’s very own Fenty Beauty line.

    “Key products included Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick and Match Stix Matte Skinsticks, among many other Fenty Beauty products.”

  5. Lily Collins: Makeup by Fiona Styles for Lancôme

    “When I heard the theme for the evening, I automatically leaned into the idea of the occult and the dark arts. Yes, there’s a lot of romanticism in religious art, but there’s also a heavy sprinkling of the gothic. It just felt like a fun angle to explore!

    “Products included: Foundation: Lancôme Le Tient Idole Ultra 24H Longwear Foundation 110 Ivoire C. Contour: Lancôme Le Duo contouring and highlighting stick in Ivoire. And lips: Lancôme Lipgloss in Purple Onyx.

  6. Rita Ora: Hair by Brent Lawler for Dove Hair

    “Rita Ora wore a long black gown by PRADA; it was pure and simple glamour. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Met Gala, I wanted to create a hair look that was angelic, luxurious, and had a beautiful ethereal quality to it. I started by washing Rita’s hair with Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner and towel drying her hair until it was just slightly damp. I then added Dove Style + Care Curls Defining Mousse to the roots around the face and on the crown to add volume and fullness.

    “Starting from the back and making my way up to the front in small sections, I blow dried her hair straight using a large round brush, parting it down the middle to frame her face once I reached the crown. To create a sleek and straight look, I used a flat iron, once again from back to front, resulting in a smooth finish.

    “I created the custom headpiece by lacquering 5 coats of paint on silk roses to create the intense, black matte look. Each has about 50 mini Swarovski crystals for a gorgeous light catching effect. It’s secured with bobby pins and all together it weighs 3.5 pounds! And finally, before Rita walked out the door, I used the Dove Style+Care Compressed Micro-Mist Extra Hold Hairspray to make sure her hair was sleek and touchable all night!”


Inspired to give any of the looks a go yourself? Upload your pics on Instagram and tag me @wendyrowe so I can check them out!

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