Met Gala 2017: Solange Knowles’ Makeup Artist Reveals the Secret to Minimalist, Futuristic Makeup

Makeup artist Lottie opens up.

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At the 2017 Met Gala, adventurous hair and bold makeup was the obvious choice for many actresses, models and designers on the world’s most daring red carpet. But Solange Knowles chose a more minimalist approach, with fresh, glowy skin and bold brows.” that stayed true to the evening’s theme of “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.” “The inspiration was taken from the Comme Des Garçons runway looks and the different looks over the years,” explains the singer’s makeup artist Lottie. “We pulled a little bit from here and there and combined and sort of striped down so that was it simplified. It was important to stay on theme and do something cool, but not put everything look on the face.”

While from afar, Solange’s natural curls and luminous skin seemed like an effortless accent to her custom-made Thom Browne ensemble — the look really started with a bold brow. “The key to the brow was using the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer to block out the ends of her natural eye brow so that we can could get that straight pointy eyebrow without it competing with her natural shape.”

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Although it looks simple, Solange’s makeup was quite elaborate and detailed, as Lottie explains.”The coolest part of her look was the white line on her jawline, we also did a white design on the very tip of her ear. It’s so subtle that you might even miss it, it’s kind of a trick of the eye and that was her idea and I thought it was super cool.”

Surprisingly, Lottie suggests this an cool, easy look to try at home. “If you want to do something to interrupt this modern look in a wearable way, using that white eyeliner on the eye just doing a little bit of an accent on the outer corner of eye or the inner corner of the eye, gives that sort of unexpected look, but still a little bit cool and modern,” she adds.

Met Gala 2017: Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and More of the Boldest Hair and Makeup on the Red Carpet

Singer Rihanna wore her hair in a sleek top with full bangs and an exaggerated frosted magenta smoky eye with a glossy berry lip.

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After recently shaving her head, model Cara Delevingne wore frosted metallic silver paint with diamond sequined-embellishments.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra wears her hair in a playful, messy top knot with a metallic silver eye and a burgundy brown lip.

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Model Gigi Hadid wore a spiky, playful up do with loose curls framing her face and an exaggerated cat eye.

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Actress Lily Collins opted for a sleek, bob with blunt bangs wearing a purple burgundy lip with spider-like lashes.

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Singer Solange was minimal perfection wearing her hair in natural curls with a bold brows and subtle white paint highlighting her face.

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Pop star Selena Gomez wore her newly chopped bob sleek straight and middle-parted with a playful magenta pink smoky eye and nude lip.

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Model Emily Ratajkowski wore her wavy hair in middle-part, with a gold and turquoise blue and cat eye and light contour on the cheekbones.

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Sofía Sanchez Barrenechea wears her hair in a sleek high pony with a chic fishtail braid and golden and aqua blue smoky eye.


Actress Kate Hudson painted her blonde locks frosted white in a modern top knot with a taupe smoky eye.

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Singer Rita Ora wore her polished platinum blonde pixie with in sleek cat eye and a bold crimson red lip.

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o glowed with dewy, luminous skin and a metallic multi-colored smoky eye in all shades from magenta to jade green.

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