Getting Ready for the Met Gala

The hair and makeup artists behind the evening’s most glamorous looks tell all.

Cara Delevingne's Met Ball Beauty

Rihanna’s dramatic yellow Guo Pei ensemble was arguably the boldest look of the night, so makeup artist Mylah Morales kept her face soft with Dior pink blush on eyes and lips, and Diorshow’s Art Pen Felt-Tip Eyeliner and Brow Styler. “Our main inspiration came from two photo shoots that played on the theme of the Gala: a 1958 shoot by Richard Avedon featuring his muse, China Machado, and also the model Fei Fei Sun photographed by Steven Meisel in 2013,” Morales explains.

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Never one to play it safe, Cara Delevingne turned to the artist behind her lion’s head finger tattoo for some custom temporary skin art. Bang Bang! covered the model’s chest and arms with Chinese birds and blossoms, which peeked out of her chic black Stella McCartney jumpsuit.

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Miranda Kerr’s look was all about glowing skin. Makeup artist Lisa Storey upped the radiance factor with La Prairie Cellular Softening and Balancing Lotion, Skin Caviar Concealer, and Brightening Eye Treatment, and then used Luxe Eyeliner Automatic and Cellular Treatment Mascara on the eyes.

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s makeup artist Ana Marie Rizzieri used the NYX Cosmetics Highlight and Contour Professional Palette to play up cheekbones and sculpt the face. “It was great for helping me achieve that overall smoky look on both girls,” she notes. Rizzieri completed the look with brown and black eyeliners and NYX’s Liquid Suede Lipstick in a nude-brown hue called Soft Spoken.

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Emma Roberts added a bit of drama with a sleek updo, created by John Frieda stylist Ryan Cotton and accented with chopsticks. “The chopsticks and Bird of Paradise-inspired bun were the perfect way to align with the evening’s theme,” says Cotton, who used John Frieda Frizz Ease Polishing Serum and Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep things smooth.

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Kate Hudson glowed in a gold Michael Kors dress and refreshed blonde locks, courtesy of Sally Hershberger LA’s Cassondra Kaeding. “I painted her highlights using the balayage technique, which allows me to strategically place various hues of blonde for dimension and movement,” she says.

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Model Bella Hadid stepped out with a new darker ‘do, courtesy of Sally Hershberger Downtown’s Keith Shore. “We were really inspired by the rich jewel tones we would likely see on the red carpet, so we added subtle highlights to make her color stand out and shine against them,” he says.

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Reese Witherspoon’s look was all about perfectly blown out hair. “We decided to keep her hair polished and straight with a center part for a modern feel,” says stylist Lona Vigi, who used Nexxus New York’s Infinite Nourishing Oil and Maxximum Finishing Mist.

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Actress Elizabeth Banks kept the focus on her Michael Kors dress with JINsoon’s gray Auspicious nail polish. “She was wearing bright turquoise blue, so we chose a cool neutral that wasn’t too matchy-matchy,” explains Jin Soon Choi.

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Makeup artist Mary Phillips employed Kiehl’s skin care and Armani makeup to give Chrissy Teigen a “present day, softened Studio 54, Bianca Jagger look.” Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate plumped and perfected skin, while Armani’s Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer and Black Ecstasy Mascara highlighted her features.

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Marchesa co-founders Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman turned to Beauty Exchange NYC’s Ashlee Glazer for their looks. Chapman chose a NARS Audacious Lipstick called Charlotte while Craig wore a blend of Charlotte Tilbury’s Kissing Lipstick in Penelope Pink and Tom Ford’s Flamingo.

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Manicurist Jin Soon Choi added a pop of color to FeiFei Sun’s silver Michael Kors dress with her ruby red Coquette nail polish. “Red is the quintessential Asian shade, the symbolic color of good fortune and happiness,” Choi says.

Photo courtesy of @JinSoonChoi on Instagram