Yes, we all love to see the dresses, but style prep for the Met Gala starts way before that stage.
Hair, makeup and skin are just as important as the beautiful gowns and suits, with beauty regimes taking place hours – if not days – before the event itself.
So, while you could spend hours perusing the looks for inspiration, part of the fun is knowing what the celebrities actually used.
Designer dresses are easy to pick out, but the exact shade of lipstick used on an actress can be hard to figure out.
If you fancy replicating a hairstyle, makeup look or skincare regime from the Met Gala, keep reading as we take a dive into what went on before the celebrities set foot on the red carpet:
Billie was made up by artist Robert Rumsey, who used Charlotte Tilbury Beauty products.
He says: 'The inspiration behind Billie's makeup look was old Hollywood glamour meets rockstar.
'We paired a rich, smoldering smokey eye and a nude lip with an illuminating highlighter for the ultimate Hollywood glass-like glow.'
With heavier eyeliner on the bottom lashes (which has been less fashionable for some time in favour of bolder top lashes), Robert used the Rock 'n' Kohl Pencil in Bedroom Black for definition.
He also used two eyeshadow palettes, the Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate and Golden Goddess, then finished with heavy mascara.
The other standout part of her look is her sultry lip shade, which is in a burnished rose.
For that Robert lined her lips with Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, then used K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Runway Royalty.
As it's a full face of Charlotte Tilbury, he also used Light Wonder Foundation, Magic Away Concealer, Super Nudes Face Palette in Nudegasm and Cheek to Chic Blush in Pillow Talk.
'Old Hollywood glamour meets rockstar' it is.
Neon sounds scary, especially when green.
But makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan made it extremely wearable on Emma Chamberlain by surrounding the colour with black liner for definition.
From a distance, it's subtle and actually serves to brighten Emma's eyes.
The neon in question is the shade Syren from Byredo's Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palette.
Byredo was the brand of choice for Barbie too, as MUA Kali Kennedy told Hypebae .
She used Byredo Colour Stick in Purple Stinger and the Sciomancer Palette, focusing on the shade Electric Love.
Then still on the eyes, she purposefully clumped Barbie's lashes together using mascara, then the brand's liquid eyeliner for a graphic line.
Kali also used a technique known as blush draping, which is when you apply blush higher up, almost connected to the eyes to give a lifted effect.
Model Anja Rubik found her perfect 'my lips but better shade' through makeup artist Georgi Sandev.
He said: 'I chose the lipstick It Was All A Dream by HIGHR Collective because it resembles Anja's natural lip colour and just adds a soft sheen without looking heavy or distracting.
'We wanted to create a beautiful lip which looks like a slightly enhanced version of her natural lip and this was the perfect shade of nude.'
Before applying the lipstick, he used a conditioning balm to prep the lips then pressed the pigment from the bullet in with his finger to melt the product in.
Lily was treated to one of the most luxe skincare brands out there, as Pati Dubroff, her makeup artist, used Noble Panacea to prep her skin.
'Lily's look was all about health and vitality – from the ranch to the carpet. All about glowing, warm bronzed skin… Alive skin,' Pati says.
For tips on how to work products into the skin, keep reading.
After cleansing the skin, thoroughly pat the face and neck dry then apply The Absolute Intense Renewal Serum.
Without warming it, Pati gently massaged the serum into Lily's dry cheeks upwards and outwards in a V-shape.
Follow this up by gently touching pressure points to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
'Next, I used The Absolute Active Replenishing Moisturizer and gently massaged into the forehead starting at the middle and moving outwards, focusing on the high bones and perimeter of Lily's face.
'Finally, I massaged the moisturizer at the neck starting at the décolleté and moved up towards the chin,' Pati says.
Kate's clear skin was in part owing to how her makeup artist prepped it before any other products went on.
Quinn Murphy used CurrentBody's Skin LED Light Therapy Mask and the Skin The Neck and Dec Perfector.
The at-home masks send red or infrared light waves into the skin cells to boost their productivity and turnover.
Quinn says: 'You can see the skin is visibly smoother and more alive. For an event like the Met Gala, it's a quick and important step to gorgeous skin.'
MUA Ash Kholm used the brand BYBI for Megan's skincare, which is also the brand Billie used before the Charlotte Tilbury makeup went on.
First Ash cleansed the skin using Milk Melt Vegan Oat Cleanser and followed with the C-Caf Vitamin C and Caffeine Day Cream on the face, neck and decollete, saying: 'Coconut Yoghurt balances skin helping to smooth redness and leave the complexion supple and restored, helping it to glow.'
Then he used the Mega Mist Hyaluronic Acid facial spray to lock in moisture.
'It keeps skin dewy, bouncy and feeling plump,' he says, and recommends using over makeup throughout the day (or night).
Olivia was styled by Clayton Hawkins using Oribe Hair Care, going for a 'clean and chic' look that involved having the hair off the face.
Clayton started by brushing out her damp hair with the Tangle Teezer Ultimate Detangler and applying Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream from her mid-shafts to ends.
Then after blow drying it, he straightened it.
To ensure no shine was lost, he coated her hair with Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, using a brush to evenly distribute it.
Next he created sleek and chic knots in the back and secured them with hair pins, letting her ends spike out on the sides.
Finally, hair spray fixed it into place and a last dash of hair oil went into the hairline for a 'reflective sheen'.
Back to Barbie, her hair was styled by Malcolm Marquez using Amika products – but the final result isn't her real hair, you might be surprised to hear.
'The source of tonight's inspiration was the roaring 20s style gown by Jonathan Simkhai.
'For beauty we wanted to stay on theme, but add our own twist to make it special. We sourced images of 20s ringlets but wanted to create a silhouette that had a Renaissance feel to it,' he said.
He started with a the brand's Detangling Primer and Blockade Heat Defense Serum, then blow dried her hair flat for a wig to go on top.
Whitney – also sporting neon green eye makeup – decided to wear her textured hair natural.
She was styled by Naeemah LaFond, Amika's global artistic director, who said: 'When I think of things that are innately American, afros and natural hair are at the top of my list.
'The aesthetic and beauty of Black women have heavily influenced the American fashion industry throughout the years.
'For this year's Met Gala theme, Whitney Peak will pay homage to black beauty and its relationship with fashion.
'She's rocking her natural texture and we're using Amika's Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray to break up the coils and create airy gravity defying volume.'
Nikki De Jagger
Nikki's bold hair look was conceptualised by Mandy Nijland and styled by David Lopez.
David used T3 hair tools to get the gentle waves in Nikki's hair.
First using dry shampoo and root lifting spray for texture, he then took 2-inch sections of hair and ' teased the root of the each section and sprayed with the Kenra Platinum Hot Spray Heat Protectant before curling with the T3 Curl ID . I pinned each curl as I went. '
Then he used a dryer with a diffuser on a cool setting to set the curls in place.
' We were rushing, so this is a helpful trick ,' he adds.
'Once fully cooled, I released the curls and split the hair in half. I then teased the root where the crown will be sitting and place and pin the crown on the head.
'Lastly, I brushed the waves smooth and added extra volume with the Kenra Volume Spray while using a fine-tooth comb for detailing.'
'For Paloma we wanted to channel sexy Hollywood glamour with a contemporary twist,' says her hairstylist, Jawara Wachoupe.
Using FEKKAI products, she first dried Paloma's hair.
She says to replicate the look, you need to 'create a centre part and from the crown back, use the Dyson Corrale to create a classic set – around the hairline go horizontal.
'Before ironing, spray each section with the FEKKAI Full Blown Volume Texturing Spray.
'Let it set and freeze dry with the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer with diffuser attachment to cool down.
'Brush out with the Dyson paddle brush and around the face, and mould hair into an S finger wave shape flat to the head.'
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