The Met Gala is often dubbed the biggest night in fashion where stars get yet another opportunity to step out in their boldest and brightest ensembles. While not everyone will have the chance to be a superstar (sigh), I hardly think I’m the only person to ever try and imagine what it’d be like to and walk the red carpet all glammed up, even just for a day. Minus a jet-setting make up artist and hundred-dollar manicure, here’s how to achieve four standout looks from the star-studded evening with perfectly straightforward and versatile products.
Easy Does It
Despite her daring Diane von Furstenberg dress, 20-year-old model Gigi Hadid went for simple, youthful elegance to enhance her natural beauty. Achieve her look by combining light coverage with just the right amount of accentuation. After applying Chanel Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Make Up as a base, gently color cheeks with a muted blush, and set your brows with a simple gel. Over a gentle layer of neutral eyeshadow, draw a wing out from the center of the upper lash line using Stila Smudge Pot Eyeliner in Black for a dramatic but graceful effect. Quickly swipe on MAC Cosmetics’ “MAC is Beauty” Creamsheen Glass Lipglass and head out!
In her Chanel Couture ensemble, Diane Kruger stood effortlessly chic in the most pristine way possible, creating another look that proves that less is more. Gently shape and define your brows with the Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit, plucking excess hairs along the way for a clean appearance. Her perfect retro locks may be the work of Master hair guru Perrine Rougemont, but get the look easily by curling your hair and forming s-shaped wave with a thick-barreled iron. Lightly apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Perfecting Spray to maximize the hold. Complete the look with a bold red-orange Lancome Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick in Amuse Bouche to make your complexion radiate.
Jennifer Lopez stepped out in a bold Versace number, with an equally fiery face to match. Her make up artist Mary Phillips went for a “red dragon” theme by blending various shades of orange, red, and pink to create the perfect glow. Tone down the look for a little less ferocity. Keep your eyes warm and striking with the rich Burnished Bronze shade of Laura Mercier ‘Caviar’ Stick Eye Color. Contour your face with NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder before finishing the look with the Benefit Fine One One Blush, blending the cheeks and temples with the gorgeous gradient pigments and also using for perfectly peachy lips.
Last year, Joan Smalls’ deep purple lips were the talk of the town—and this year, true to her daring form, she’s captivated yet again with her daring but polished eggplant smokey eye. Create the perfect night-out style using MAC’s Hold My Gaze Eyeshadow Quad. Frame your eyes with the Deep Secret indigo shade, and blend the Dame’s Desire reddish purple along your lash lines to make the color pop. Bring out your dramatic lashes without falsies by using Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara. Since you want to bring attention to your eyes, opt for NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Madère for a stong but subtle finish.