The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Met Gala took place on Monday night in NYC, and the man-versus-machine theme was well-reflected in the beauty department. Think: ultra-bold eyeshadow, graphic black lipstick and lots and lots of metallics.
Here are the most exciting looks:
What I love: Kendall is flawless. (As much as I don't Keep Up With the Kardashians, gotta give credit where credit is due!) Her hair up and back, plus the curved, cut-out neckline of this dress makes her look modern, clean and a bit athletic. It's great that she didn't follow family tradition on the makeup, opting for groomed straight brows, golden eyeshadow and nude lips. Even the contour is fairly restrained. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: I don't know how how Ciara got her hair to be silver, but it is spectacular. Her makeup is especially good this time as well. The silver "Vs" at her inner corners are a nod to the hair, but I also like the soft black wings at the outer edges. Skin is very sculpted, but it's well-blended. What I'd change: Perhaps a bit more freshness to the skin.
Ciara is wearing: Brow pencil in Chocolate Brown • Eyeshadow in Sirocco • Eyeliner in Celestial • Eyeshadow in Smoky Nudes • Eyeshadow in Sun Worship • Eyeshadow in Let It Shine • Mascara in Deep Black
What I love: Emma's new brunette hair and new fuller brows. (Seriously, where did those brows come from? Love!) Now I can't decide if I prefer her with brown, red or blonde hair—she is the ultimate colour chameleon. The smudgy, glittery smoky eyes and rose lipstick ensure the darker hair doesn't wash her out. What I'd change: Maybe a bit too dark on the spray tan?
What I love: Even on the runways, I've never been into this Pat McGrath-style graphic eyeshadow shape—but I have to say, Beyoncé made it work as well as it can for real life. It fits the theme, and she wore it just right: with matte pale pink lips, natural lashes, brushed-up brows and simple straight hair. What I'd change: Her highlights seem a little high-contrast, but it might be the lighting.
What I love: Elle is making me want to reach for my Living Luminizer RIGHT NOW. Her gleaming inner corners are everything! Also her flawless skin, full brows, flushed-from-within-cheeks and the one futuristic touch, a sky-high wrapped ponytail. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Someone on this red carpet had to try the coloured eyebrows trend, and Lily pulls them off better than most of us could hope to! The bright gold looks amazing against her warm complexion and the rusty lip colour. Her tight-to-the-head updo keeps everything bare and sleek. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Alicia looks so radiant! I'm in love with the dewiness/freshness of her skin, and the super-natural makeup (a smart contrast, along with the off-the-face hair, since her outfit has so much going on). Her brows are nice and soft, blush looks like it's coming from within, and I die over her matte rose lips—if that's even lipstick. The black liner is all she needs to dress up her face. What I'd change: Always wonky lashes with this one. Why?
What I love: Here's another runway-inspired eye, but in bright shiny silver. Kristen can always carry heavy eye makeup (maybe also because her bored stare somehow makes everything a bit cooler). What I'd change: I'm not feeling this rooty bleached blonde at all; it looks more unkempt than stylish (although I do like the cut). The lashes cheapen things, and her under-eye concealer is too light.
What I love: Kerry's magenta curls are a cool interpretation of the night's theme—but are also super-flattering on her. I also like her peachy lip shine and soft brows. What I'd change: Not sure about the greenish-black eyeshadow, which looks like a smudgier version of Beyoncé's. Between the cool-toned hair, strong peach cheeks and bold eyes, there are a lot of colours happening here.
Kerry is wearing: Moisturizer • Foundation in Cocoa • Blush in Raisin Glow • Eyeshadow in Forever Platinum • Eyeshadow in Night Porter • Eyeliner in Cosmic Black • Mascara in Carbon Black • Individual lashes • Brow wax • Lip crayon in Berry Brown
What I love: I've been pretty hard on Rachel's hair as of late, but it looks better here—not streaky/rooty, and the messy, wavy bob is adorbs. I also like the rose gold liner all the way around her eyes. What I'd change: Is it just me? I feel like dark berry lips never work for her; they come across so harsh and aging.
What I love: We haven't talked about Taylor's new blonde hair yet—I think it's actually okay! (I still like her best as a Boho blonde with long hair and bangs, but if she's going to do the bob, at least this isn't as drab as she looked here.) I'm also pleasantly surprised that she skipped her usual heavy black liner look and just did normal lashes! What I'd change: I don't know if I'd change it, because it does fit the theme, but as with Rachel McAdams, I'm not super-into the dark lips with fair colouring.
Taylor is wearing: Lip colour in Oh Lady
What I love: Kylie's hair looks great. I feel like this is her Life Cut, a glossy thick straight bob with a deep side part. It kinda balances out all the makeup on her face (despite this being one of her more "natural" looks). What I'd change: I can actually live with all of this, except for the drawn-on eyebrows.
Kylie is wearing: Moisturizer • Concealer in 3 Medium and 4 Medium • Powder in 2 Medium • Contour and highlighter • Blush in Love is the Drug • Eyeshadow in Vintage Vamp • Mascara in Glossy Black • Lip liner in Iconic Nude • Lipstick in Penelope Pink
What I love: So nice to see Bella with her hair down, for once! (Although I get why she usually wears it up, to show off her dramatic features.) I really like how the tawny eyeshadow, lips and blush complement her flawless skin and unique eyes. Brows are soft, not a distraction. What I'd change: I'd go softer on the cheeks. The false lashes are at least tasteful.
What I love: I know Zendaya is wearing a full face of makeup, but somehow her skin looks incredible. I do like these tone-on-tone bronzey brown palettes on her, and the new bowl-cut wig is dorky-cute. What I'd change: Like I keep saying, I think she could ease up on the lashes, contour and overly sculpted brows. I always like a bit of realness to show through.
What I love: Olivia's lids are the ideal canvas for loads of shadow, especially in a silvery grey that matches her eye colour. (Notice the silver ear makeup as well!) Whereas this style of necklace looked awkward on Taylor, it really suits Olivia's futuristic makeup, gleaming skin and tight, high ponytail. What I'd change: Maybe just a little more blending on the contour.
Olivia is wearing: Foundation in Natural Beige • Concealer • Blush in Bronzilla • Eyeshadow in Precious Metals • Eyeshadow in Black Magic • Eyeliner in Matte Coal • Mascara in Blackest Black • Brow pencil in Dark Blonde • Lip liner in Nude • Lipstick in Champagne On Ice
What I love: Lily-Rose is only 16 years old, but I can't help loving her beauty vibe (how is it possible she's already got her makeup and gaze down pat?). The defined lower lashes, subtle plum shadow, soft full brows and matte rose-brown lips are all perfect. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: According to her makeup artist, this look was more about Allison's skin than anything else—and I can always support that! Classic red lips look great on her, too. What I'd change: This is so feminine, it doesn't feel right with the theme. I would love to see her brows a little less precise as well.
What I love: Apparently, Jessica ignored the theme—but this is a pretty look nevertheless. I'm still loving her new lob, this time worn simple and straight to offset the dressiness of the gown. She is also keeping up the good work on her brows. The pop of raspberry lipstick is kinda fun. What I'd change: Nothing, but would've been great to see her in something with more edge.
What I love: On anyone else, this makeup would probably look overdone, but on Adriana, it just makes her even more stunning. She has great lips for a bold, matte red mouth, and I really like the feline shape of the black eyeliner. The low side bun is a style that kind of fell out of favour in recent years. I miss it! What I'd change: Nothing. (Even the false lashes look fine, such is her beauty.)
Adriana is wearing: Foundation • Concealer • Powder in Translucent • Contour • Blush in Coral • Brow powder • Brow gel • Eyeshadow in Nudes • Eyeliner in Black • Eyeliner in Glazed Toffee • Mascara (top lashes) • Mascara (bottom lashes • Lip liner in Glazed Toffee
What I love: I'm struggling here... I guess we can applaud Brie for sticking to regular (albeit chunky) eyelashes. Also, her brows look pretty good. What I'd change: I never understand why celebs wear sequins, because the shadows they cast on the face totally mess up the photos—and aren't photos the whole point? Brie looked incredible all awards season, so not sure what happened this time. I don't like the dark lips on her, and the shimmery cheeks are a bit aging.
What I love: I'm happy Emma got rid of the blonde hair (which I thought was too light for her). I'll need to see her hair down to fully decide on this reddish hue, but so far, I like it! The twisted, wispy updo is youthful and fun. What I'd change: I don't get why Emma wears such OTT lashes when her strong brows already frame her face well. I also feel like the purple shadow is a bit heavy under her eyes.
What I love: Nothing. Bit of a swaperoo here... usually I say that for what I'd do differently! What I'd change: Where to start? While I appreciate Katy's risk-taking, I don't understand why she had to take so many risks all at once. (Actually, I do. She's launching a makeup collection and is wearing the most important shades on her face!) Even still, the black lips, bleached brows, blue lashes and beehive updo would each be statement enough on their own. Seeing them all together is highly unflattering. To me the Met Gala is more about being clever with how you work the theme into your personal style—NOT looking like you're going to a Halloween party!
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?