When you’re invited to the Met Gala, you go big, especially in the beauty department.
At this point, when you choose the same old glam, it honestly gets boring. Take it from these personalities who had the best head-turning beauty looks in a dazzling show of style on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some embodied the theme, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, literally, like Russell Westbrook with his star-spangled buzzcut, while others went out-of-this-world, such as Hunter Schafer’s futuristic face jewelry. Read on below for the best beauty moments at the Met Gala 2021 that left us shaken, stunned, and searching for more.
HUNTER SCHAFER’S FACE JEWELRY
No time to put on makeup? Just wear a brooch on your face just like Hunter Schafer. The spider-like design was created by fine art jeweler, Adalioryn, and had nails to match, crafted by Soji Nails. We’re still figuring out if Hunter’s silver Prada dress actually meant something in morse code or something.
GRIMES’ FUTURISTIC ULTRA HIGH PONY
The only person who wore an actual mask on the red carpet, Grimes looks every bit like a sci-fi villain in Mortal Kombat, especially with her high pony decorated in pink hardware to match her hair. The nails were apparently inspired by snail eggs and was made by Soji Nails, too.
LIL NAS X’S FLOATING GOLD EYE LINER
If Lil Nas X was serving Lil Kim vibes yesterday at the VMAs, you’ll definitely love this C-3PO gold armor look at the Met Gala today. The floating gold liner was absolutely subtle, not to mention his gold nails that matched three of his looks. Feeling super, Lil Nas X could easily pass as one of the Immortals.
KID CUDI’S SMOKEY EYE MAKEUP
When you’re a living legend like Kid Cudi, you get another icon to do your makeup. His smokey eye with tiny rhinestones were done by none other than beauty mogul Pat McGrath. Can we please talk about how Kid Cudi’s neon green hair matched his pink nails?
NAOMI OSAKA’S HAIR-RAISING MOMENT
Tennis champion and tonight’s Met Gala co-chair, Naomi Osaka, paid homage to two of her cultures: Japanese and Haitian. “Americana to me means a mix of all cultures, and this look incorporates both of my heritages: Haitian and Japanese.” Naomi’s sculptural hair was created by hairstylist Martin Harper.
KRISTEN STEWART AS A LIVING BARBIE
We’re surprised that not a lot of the Met Gala attendees took inspiration from American icon Barbie. But not Kristen and her “brush my hair” ponytail. All we could hear in this photo is, “Bella, where the hell have you been loca?“
BARBIE FERREIRA’S ELVEN PRINCESS MAKEUP
Truly ethereal, Euphoria star, Barbie Ferreira, makes her red carpet debut with thin brows, purple eyeshadow, a small pearl strand, and baroque nails.
BILLIE EILISH’S MARILYN BOB
Who’s the bad guy now? Billie Eilish as Marilyn Monroe just hits different. Her famous blonde bombshell bob, sharp cat eye, and contour were immaculately brought to life by the pop superstar.
TEYANA TAYLOR’S MEDUSA HAIR
Her gaze will turn you into stone. Teyana Taylor’s voluminous buns were tamed by nothing but a rhinestone Medusa-inspired wrap. Living for the way her hairstylist shaped her edges!
RUSSELL WESTBROOK’S STAR-SPANGLED BUZZCUT
NBA star Russell Westbrook made a statement with his buzzcut that had stars all over. Welcome to America.