The Met Gala has always been a good excuse to go all out. But this year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,”, upped the ante more audaciously than ever. And because fantastical costumery was just the beginning, with an equal parts unwavering and unapologetic level of commitment to every last detail—head to toe, décolletage to talons—this first Monday in May shed a special light on dramatic, stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty statements.
It was hard to know where to look first, as flamboyant flourishes were peeking out—if not staring you in the face—at every turn. If hair wasn't XXL or saturated in a fresh saccharine shade, it was plastered to the head to make way for mesmerizing headpieces. On the makeup front, if it wasn't mile-long lashes cast in lavish textures or crystals meticulously arranged in the most unexpected of ways, it was shocks of neon so bright you might need to borrow the tinted Linda Fargo frames Gaga whipped out during her grand entrance. Here, the seven beauty trends that captured the hottest commodity of all on last night's pink carpet—undivided attention!
The pink carpet transformed into a veritable candyland as its occupants displayed a rainbow's worth of pastel coiffures. Rising beauty star Lucy Boynton saturated her wavy bob in a faded cornflower blue while Laverne Cox worked an exuberant sky-blue shade. Always the hair color chameleon, Kylie Jenner matched waist-grazing violet lengths to her Versace boa, and Regina Hall did some color coordination of her own with swathes of washed-out crimson complementing the puffed sleeves on her Dapper Dan for Gucci gown. And taking a dip-dyed approach, Kristen Stewart and Donatella Versace embraced neon tangerine and highlighter green shades, respectively. But it was Vogue's very own Hamish Bowles that took home top prize, his glossy waves tie-dyed in powder-perfect mint, cerulean, and daffodil to top off his show-stopping purple plumed ensemble.
Setting the stage for a showing of freaky fringe, Lady Gaga hit the red carpet with a gilded set of gold leaf lashes that stretched to outlandish proportions. Also serving up metallic sheen was Gigi Hadid, who had her falsies completely cast in gray foil, while Priyanka Chopra's were silver-tipped to equally stunning effect. Opening up her gaze with help from Lashify's Gossamer Lashes, Janelle Monae's kitschy Christian Siriano gown also happened to be emblazoned with a single eye along the chest, with lash-like feathers floating above. And there was Lykke Li, who fully committed to her Valentino get-up with fluttery feather lash extensions in a deep crimson shade, as seen on the Italian fashion house's couture runway.
The higher the hair, the closer you are to camp was an unspoken mantra for many, with teased and back-combed looks in spades. For one, Lupita Nyong'o reimagined the pouf of camp beauty pioneer Marie Antoinette with a ceiling-bound afro adorned with spray-painted gold "Fight the Power" raised-fist hair picks. Lily Collins paid homage to another big-haired legend, Priscilla Presley, adding her own subtle nuances to Elvis's former wife's signature ultra-teased mane with a puffy white headband and a smattering of tiny flowers. Getting in on the action and inducing double takes, Dua Lipa gave Valentino Couture's Instagram-breaking bouffant a run for its money with a brushed back va-va-voom look of her own, and Yara Shahidi's fluffy half-up style was similarly sculpted to defy gravity. The most enormous style of them all? That would be Ciara's several feet tall and wide afro, punctuated by two collarbone-sweeping emerald beaded fringe hair barrettes affixed on either side of her face.
Let's just say Bob Fosse, jazz choreographer, trailblazing director, and lover of dazzling costumed caps would have been been thrilled by the menagerie of eye-catching headwear on display last night. Drag star Aquaria and Jennifer Lopez each wore glowing, chandelier-like beaded fringed headpieces, and Gigi Hadid's head was wrapped in silver and gold sequins, much like her Michael Kors catsuit-clad body. Dripping in $250,000 worth of precious gems, Cardi B wore a matching close-cropped cap by milliner Stephen Jones. And bringing similar theatric glamour were Gabrielle Union and husband Dwayne Wade, in their matching embellished caps.
Rainbow Brite Gazes
While there were lots of sugary pastels in the mix, shocks of neon upped the wattage on many famous faces—particularly on the eyes. From her showgirl-worthy leg reveal to her Ziegfeld Follies-inspired Oscar de la Renta bodysuit, Céline Dion had lots going on, but it didn't stop her from encasing her gaze in a striking yellow hue. Offering a more finely-drawn take, Riverdale star Camila Mendes's waterlines were color-blocked with sunny eyeliner and pale blue to match the sash on her Prabal Gurung gown. And making the case for vivid jewel tones were Charli XCX, Paloma Elsesser, and Laverne Cox, their lids generously layered in magenta, amethyst, and azure, respectively.
Sparkling Crystal Statements
Living legend Cher was a fitting choice for this year's Met Gala performance for a multitude of reasons, one of which being that she, by nature of her extraordinarily camp charisma and proclivity for crystals, was an influence for many of the night's attendees. Diamanté studs made an appearance in a variety of playful ways. Sara Sampaio had them dotted on the inner corners of her eyes, as well as down her center part, while Yara Shahidi had a line of gold studs arranged along her right brow bone and snaking around her eye for a subversive touch. Blink and you probably missed it behind her conceptual fringe, but Gaga had iridescent gems glued along her upper lash line, too. And by sheer coincidence, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Gemma Chan were both iced out; the former with a Jazz Age-inspired crystal fringe slide comb, and the latter wearing a custom headdress inspired by Elizabeth Taylor in 1968 British drama Boom! (1968).
It all began with Harry Styles, who accompanied Gucci creative director and fellow Met Gala co-chair Alessandro Michele on the red carpet in a ruffled black blouse and matching jet-black manicure punctuated by pops of teal. And then there was Solange Knowles's square-shaped nails covered in Ferragamo fabric to complete her matchy-matchy snakeskin look. However, both performer's digits were relatively pared back when compared to the long, light-catching talons of Aquaria and Dua Lipa, as well as Ella Fanning's pink nails, which were punched up with vintage tongue-in-cheek charms including a telephone, tube of toothpaste, and french fries.
See All of the Celebrity Looks From the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet: