The Met Gala is something like Super Bowl Sunday meets the world’s largest awards ceremony for the fashion-focused ensemble. Since the start of 1948 (though you’d be hard pressed to find anything from that era resembling today’s Met Gala), the biggest names in the industry and most charitable patrons have made their annual pilgrimage. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to admire, celebrate, and raise funds for the museum’s most recent Costume Institute exhibit. Over the past eight years, however, the event has grown into arguably the biggest fashion event of the year – and the best beauty looks from the Met Gala also happen to be some of the biggest hairstyle moments, of makeup and nails of all time.
You can easily follow the change by sifting through the well-preserved photo archive: Around 2013, Met Gala attendees started showing up in what are essentially designer costumes, overdone and painstakingly planned with teams of directors. creatives and stylists. . Before that, whatever the theme of the year was, it was recognized much more subtly, if at all. As a result, a trip to the Met Galas of yesteryear is filled with both decade-defining beauty, classic pretty looks and jaw-dropping masterpieces everyone is used to today. To celebrate all three genres, look back on some of the best and most iconic Met Gala beauty moments of all time.
Take the time to examine the best looks of all time (both fashion and beauty) from any annual awards show, event or performance, and there’s about a 99% chance that Cher will make the cut. . For her Gala appearance in 1985, with creator and friend Bob Mackie, the legendary singer’s makeup was delightfully ’80s – the blue ombre and frosty pink lipstick in particular.
Everything about Iman’s 2003 prom appearance (on the arm of her beloved husband, the late David Bowie) epitomizes the kind of glamor the model is famous for: sheer, unadulterated elegance. Her 20s-style finger waves are reminiscent of the big screen starlets of yesteryear, highlighted by her thin eyebrows. Meanwhile, the warm brown lipstick and nude smoky eye totally reflect the debut.
Kim Kardashian, 2019
It’s crazy to think that Kim Kardashian’s appearance on the Met Gala red carpet was once anything but de rigueur. Any lingering criticism in 2019 was immediately silenced, however, when Kardashian showed up in a hyperrealistic and totally post-modern ensemble perfect for the camp theme: a Thierry Mugler dress designed to look wet with hundreds of well-placed crystals, tight impossible tight on purpose. To match, Kardashian’s hair has been styled in a wet looking wave, officially kicking off the wet look trend still seen at awards shows and events today.
Princess Diana, 1996
It was the late Princess Diana’s one and only appearance at the Met Gala, but – surprisingly – it caused a stir. Her signature sapphire color has appeared in both her evening gown and decadent jewelry, while her famous blonde headdress and colorful makeup are both classic business cards of Diana and the perfect encapsulation of Diana’s aesthetic. the beauty of the mid-90s.
A trawl in the archives makes it clear: Rihanna never – not once – missed on the Met Gala carpet. Her costumes, always perfectly on the theme without looking too much nose, are matched only by the corresponding beauty looks that are offered to her. While there are many iconic beauty moments from Rihanna Met Gala (do yourself a favor and check out this photo of her long red braid in 2011), there is one clear winner: her all-over blush moment with a bow. architectural design of the 2014 ball showcasing the work of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.
Lady Gaga, 2019
She was co-chair of the more recent Met Gala, but even if that wasn’t the case, the theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, was made for Lady Gaga. It’s no surprise, then, that the multi-talented star showed up in a series of very theme-appropriate costume changes, complete with a platinum bob adorned with a bow (a small tribute to the early years of her career) and eyelashes so long and sharp that they should be registered as weapons. Now it’s Camp!
Considering the indelible mark she has already left on modern fashion, it’s always mind-boggling to remember that Zendaya just turned 25. d’Arc herself with a historically accurate red wig and shimmering chainmail.
Janet Jackson, 2008
The world owes a lot to Janet Jackson in general, and a good place to start would be her undeniably influential beauty moments. For the 2008 Met Gala, the “Together Again” singer opted for a sleek, straightened version of her ponytail, paired with peachy brown lips, a tanned cat’s eye, and a warm blush on her legendary cheekbones. This is red carpet beauty at its best: refined, elegant and incredibly glamorous without feeling too disconnected at all.
A Beyoncé’s first lip makeup is always a topic of fanfare, but her deep stain of beef blood at the 2014 event appears to have been made just for her. With an ultra-sleek side part and a mesh veil to match the dress to add even more intrigue and drama, it’s both simple and quite remarkable. The look is only matched by Bey’s mile-long ponytail the following year, but that exceptional lip color and the star’s utterly serene energy make her win some more. a strand of hair.
Elle Fanning, 2019
Put on Malibu Barbie, I dream of genius, and a 2005 Juicy Couture charm bracelet in the world’s fanciest blender (that would be a Vitamix, right?) Each peachy pink nail houses a little colorful nail charm featuring things like fries, bagels, and toothpaste. Mostly, Fanning’s thumbs don’t hang down – the girl’s text, you know.