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Plus more beauty trends from the red carpet.
Date May 4, 2022
It might be fashion’s biggest night of the year, but that doesn’t mean beauty takes a backseat on the Met Gala red carpet. And Monday night’s “gilded glamour” theme saw many celebs up the fashion ante even further with their chosen beauty looks.
The 2022 Met Gala brought together the biggest names in the entertainment, fashion and beauty industries, and A-list attendees wore their most avant-garde ensembles, resulting in red carpet buzz surrounding the parade of experimental garments. But this year proved that hair, makeup and nails are part of the overall package.
After all, it was during the Gilded Age that cosmetics became more accessible thanks to the industrial revolution. And while the era’s penchant for soft hues translated to rosy cheeks on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet, many celebrities took a more modern approach to beauty with colourful lids, dewy skin and, yes, bleached eyebrows.
We’ve rounded up the most memorable beauty moments from the 2022 Met Gala in the gallery below.
Rocking archived Louis Vuitton, Cynthia Erivo was one attendee to notably acknowledge the disparities of the Gilded Age era. Her dramatic white head scarf honoured Black women from the 1800s who were forced to cover their hair.
Model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse’s partially braided updo nodded to her culture with traditional Indigenous adornments and was created by Amika’s global artistic director and hair genius Naeemah LaFond.
Kiki Layne’s large, rounded afro was a powerful celebration of Black beauty, and the flower petals across her lids (they were hand-picked off her dress) delivered soft, whimsical glamour.
Caroline Trentini’s glistening sculpted updo looked like a pure work of art.
Supermodel Winnie Harlow commanded attention in a futuristic 3D mini dress finished off with an otherworldly headpiece and fluttery eyelashes.
Taking “gilded glamour” to the extreme, model Cara Delevingne showed up topless and painted in gold.
Jessica Chastain’s sequined-meets-bejewelled chapeau gave off fortune-teller vibes in the best of ways. And the single earring? Perfection.
Kaia Gerber’s uber-long cascade of curls calls to mind a Pre-Raphaelite painting.
Mindy Kaling is a vision with lilac makeup.
Can we just take a moment to really admire Alicia Keys’s elaborate braid?
And one more shot of the front because her gilded, sculpted baby hairs are giving us life.
The one and only Naomi Campbell paired her black and silver bejeweled Burberry gown with a face full of gems.
Camila Mendes embraced the theme with sparkling gold shadow around her temples and a whispy tendril updo.
Alton Mason (who made history as Chanel’s first-ever Black male runway model) absolutely slayed graphic onyx liner.
Curve model Precious Lee opted for washed-out brows against a slick black eyeliner look.
Feminine and masculine vibes brilliantly collide with singer Conan Gray’s choice of hair jewels and flushed cheeks.
Singer Chloe Bailey was a vision in gold wearing an exaggerated neackpiece, her gorgeous locs pulled back into a high ponytail.
Jude Law’s model daughter, Iris Law, chose blue eyeshadow that echoed the colour of her cutout gown. Just stunning.
Jodie Turner-Smith channeled the theme with era-appropriate, thin eyebrows topped with the most delicate, modern jewels.
Here’s another bleached brow transformation à la Kendall Jenner.
Isabelle Boemeke brought one of the most detailed looks of the night with her intricate graphic black eyeliner and over-the-top manicure complete with jewels, baubles and gold drips.
Lizzo’s dark matte purple lip and voluminous hair were everything.
Janelle Monáe lit up the red carpet with her bedazzled black-and-silver headpiece and bright red lip.
Kim Kardashian went full-on platinum for her Mariyln Monroe moment. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashian”’s star wore the iconic blonde beauty’s actual dress from 1962.
Sporting bleach blonde eyebrows and a slicked-black wig, it’s like Maisie Williams knew exactly what Arya Stark would wear to the Met Gala.
A pregnant Sophie Turner wore her signature red hair parted down the center and softly crimped into loose finger waves. With skinny brows, she finished her look with a matte, cherry-red lip.
Take a page from Kate Moss’s book: Sometimes there’s nothing chicer than a simple red lip paired with loose, tousled waves.
First time Met Gala attendee Maude Apatow nailed a classic Hollywood beauty look.
Another great wig moment? Size-inclusive model Paloma Elsesser’s short, choppy bob.
Last but certainly not least, Teyana Taylor served up futuristic glamour with purple makeup that complimented her jaw-dropping headpiece.