MET GALA

The 26 Best Met Gala Beauty Moments of All Time, From Jackie Kennedy to Rihanna


Costume Institute Gala Presents "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era"
Ron Galella

Every year, the fashion elite gathers for the annual Met Gala. While designers, models, and actresses wear beautiful and often outlandish gowns in accordance with the year’s theme, these A-listers prove that no look is complete without the right beauty look. The perfect lip color or smoky eye is a vital touch that can turn a walk down the red carpet into an iconic moment. From Naomi Campbell‘s glossy plum lip to Kate Moss‘ golden smoky eye, these supermodels’ statement looks make the case for bold beauty. Singer Jennifer Lopez and model Gisele Bündchen prove that luminous skin is a red carpet must, while singer Rihanna‘s majestical headpiece and Selena’s Gomez‘s enlarged floral crown show off how to do over-the-top glamour the right way. Here, a closer look at the most iconic Met Gala beauty looks of all time.

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Costume Institute Gala Presents "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era"

At the 1979 Costume Institute Gala Presents “Fashions of The Hapsburg Era”, Jackie Kennedy wore simple back eyeliner with a sheer nude lip.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala "The 18th Century Woman"

Bianca Jagger wore her hair shoulder length locks in voluminous curls with a dark smoky eye at the Costume Institute Gala “The 18th Century Woman” in 1981.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala "The 18th Century Woman"

Posing next to Calvin Klein, supermodel Iman glows with luminous skin and a dark grey smoky eye and nude glossy lip at the Costume Institute Gala “The 18th Century Woman” in 1981.

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Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera at the Costume Institute's Met Ball Benefit held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

At the 1983 Costume Institute Gala, designer Carolina Herrera wore her in an elegant up with with a taupe smoky eye and a nude lip.

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Ron Galella Archive - File Photos 2011

Actress Raquel Welch worea colorful exaggerated smoky eye with a mauve pink lip at the Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of “Costumes of Royal India” in 1985.

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The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Costumes of Royal India"

Cher posed at the Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of “Costumes of Royal India” in 1985 with a dramatic purple smoky eye, a light contour on the cheekbones and a nude lip.

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Annual Costume Institute Gala Exhibition - December 4, 1989

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg wore her hair in voluminous curls with a turquoise eye and a glossy berry lip at the 1989 Costume Institute Gala.

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Gala Evening to Benefit The New Costume Institute

Supermodel Christy Turlington looked luminous at the Costume Institute Gala in 1992.

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Anwar Hussein Collection

The late Princess Diana attended the 1996 Costume Institute Gala wearing a light brown smoky eye and a sheer pink lip.

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The Costume Institute Gala'a Gianni Versace Exhibit - December 8, 1997

Model Claudia Schiffer attended the Costume Institute Gala’s Gianni Versace Exhibit with creamy, luminous skin and a matte red lip.

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Models Naomi Campbell (left) and Iman arrive at the Metropol

Posing alongside Iman, supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a bold grey smoky eye with a glossy plum lip at the 2000 Costume Institute Gala.

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The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"

Fashion designer Stella McCartney and actress Gwyneth Paltrow posed in 2011 with messy blowouts, luminous skin and glossy mauve lips.

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Costume Institute Benefit Gala: "Party of the Year"  by Gregory Pace

Model Gisele Bündchen posed at the 2003 Costume Institute Gala with a lightly winged smoky eye, sun-kissed skin and a pink lip.

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2004 Costume Institute Gala "Dangerous Liaisons" - Arrivals

At the 2004 Costume Institute Gala “Dangerous Liaisons”, model Linda Evangelista paired her sleek pony with a golden smoky eye, a light contour on the cheekbones and a glossy nude lip.

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"The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals

At the “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala in 2009, supermodel Kate Moss wore an exaggerated taupe smoky eye with a light pink lip.

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American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attended the 2010 Costume Institute Gala wearing pairing her tousled waves with a bronzed smoky eye, dewy skin and a glossy nude lip.

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"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

Attending the 2011 Costume Institute Gala, Jennifer Lopez glowed with luminous, sun-kissed skin and a glossy, ombre red lip.

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"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals

Actress Emma Stone stepped out at “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala in 2011 wearing a sleek cat eye with a satin, hot pink lip.

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"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Actress Kate Bosworth paired her sleek, braided top knot with creamy, luminous skin and a bold, maroon lip at the Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala in 2012.

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"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Wearing a frosted silver smoky eye with a creamy, maroon lip, Beyoncé attends the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala in 2014.

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"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Stunning at the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Gala in 2015, Rihanna wore bold brows with a dramatic cat eye and a hint of blush along the cheekbones.

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"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Kim Kardashian attended the 2015 Costume Institute Gala wearing a sleek, taupe cat eye with a glossy nude lip.

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"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Selena Gomez arrived at the 2015 Costume Institute Gala with bold hair and makeup wearing a dramatic smoky eye with a bold red lip.

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"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima posed at the 2016 Costume Institute Gala wearing a sleek black cat eye, a hint of blush on the cheeks and a bold, coral red lip.

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"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Actress Kristen Stewart stayed on theme at the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala in 2016 wearing an asymmetrical, frosted metallic blue smoky eye with a nude lip.

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"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

Arriving at the 2017 Met Gala, Cara Delevingne turns heads with her show stopping silver painted and embellished shaved head.