The Best Beauty Inspiration at the 2016 Met Gala

Kendall Jenner, Ciara and more.
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Kendall Jenner, Ciara and more.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Met Gala took place on Monday night in NYC, and the man-versus-machine theme was well-reflected in the beauty department. Think: ultra-bold eyeshadow, graphic black lipstick and lots and lots of metallics. 

Here are the most exciting looks:

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner, Met Gala 2016

Kendall Jenner at the 2016 Met Gala.

Kendall Jenner, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Kendall Jenner at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Kendall is flawless. (As much as I don't Keep Up With the Kardashians, gotta give credit where credit is due!) Her hair up and back, plus the curved, cut-out neckline of this dress makes her look modern, clean and a bit athletic. It's great that she didn't follow family tradition on the makeup, opting for groomed straight brows, golden eyeshadow and nude lips. Even the contour is fairly restrained. What I'd change: Nothing.

Kendall is wearing: Foundation // Concealer // Powder // Eyeshadow in Defiant Nude // Mascara // Brow pencil in Brunette // Blush in Blushing Nude // Highlighter // Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory

Ciara

Ciara, Met Gala 2016

Ciara at the 2016 Met Gala.

Ciara, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Ciara at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: I don't know how how Ciara got her hair to be silver, but it is spectacular. Her makeup is especially good this time as well. The silver "Vs" at her inner corners are a nod to the hair, but I also like the soft black wings at the outer edges. Skin is very sculpted, but it's well-blended. What I'd change: Perhaps a bit more freshness to the skin.

Ciara is wearing: Brow pencil in Chocolate Brown // Eyeshadow in Sirocco // Eyeliner in Celestial // Eyeshadow in Smoky Nudes // Eyeshadow in Sun Worship // Eyeshadow in Let It Shine // Mascara in Deep Black

Emma Stone

Emma Stone, Met Gala 2016

Emma Stone at the 2016 Met Gala.

Emma Stone, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Emma Stone at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Emma's new brunette hair and new fuller brows. (Seriously, where did those brows come from? Love!) Now I can't decide if I prefer her with brown, red or blonde hair—she is the ultimate colour chameleon. The smudgy, glittery smoky eyes and rose lipstick ensure the darker hair doesn't wash her out. What I'd change: Maybe a bit too dark on the spray tan?

Emma is wearing: Eyeshadow in Midnight // Eyeliner in Noir Intense // Mascara in Noir

Beyoncé

Beyonce, Met Gala 2016

Beyoncé at the 2016 Met Gala.

Beyonce, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Beyoncé at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Even on the runways, I've never been into this Pat McGrath-style graphic eyeshadow shape—but I have to say, Beyoncé made it work as well as it can for real life. It fits the theme, and she wore it just right: with matte pale pink lips, natural lashes, brushed-up brows and simple straight hair. What I'd change: Her highlights seem a little high-contrast, but it might be the lighting.

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning, Met Gala 2016

Elle Fanning at the 2016 Met Gala.

Elle Fanning, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Elle Fanning at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Elle is making me want to reach for my Living Luminizer RIGHT NOW. Her gleaming inner corners are everything! Also her flawless skin, full brows, flushed-from-within-cheeks and the one futuristic touch, a sky-high wrapped ponytail. What I'd change: Nothing.

Elle is wearing: Blush in Dame // Eyeshadow in All About Eve // Eyeshadow in Fantasme (inner corners) // Highlighter // 

Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge, Met Gala 2016

Lily Aldridge at the 2016 Met Gala.

Lily Aldridge, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Lily Aldridge at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Someone on this red carpet had to try the coloured eyebrows trend, and Lily pulls them off better than most of us could hope to! The bright gold looks amazing against her warm complexion and the rusty lip colour. Her tight-to-the-head updo keeps everything bare and sleek. What I'd change: Nothing.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander, Met Gala 2016

Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Met Gala.

Alicia Vikander, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Alicia looks so radiant! I'm in love with the dewiness/freshness of her skin, and the super-natural makeup (a smart contrast, along with the off-the-face hair, since her outfit has so much going on). Her brows are nice and soft, blush looks like it's coming from within, and I die over her matte rose lips—if that's even lipstick. The black liner is all she needs to dress up her face. What I'd change: Always wonky lashes with this one. Why?

Alicia is wearing: Illuminator in Hot Sand // Eyeshadow in Sycorax // Mascara in Black Moon

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, Met Gala 2016

Kristen Stewart at the 2016 Met Gala.

Kristen Stewart, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Here's another runway-inspired eye, but in bright shiny silver. Kristen can always carry heavy eye makeup (maybe also because her bored stare somehow makes everything a bit cooler). What I'd change: I'm not feeling this rooty bleached blonde at all; it looks more unkempt than stylish (although I do like the cut). The lashes cheapen things, and her under-eye concealer is too light.

Kristen is wearing: Foundation // Blush in Rose Pétale // Eyeshadow in Vert Grisé // Eyeshadow in Tissé Ombre de Lune (silver shade) // Eyeliner in Ébène // Lipstick in Adrienne

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, Met Gala 2016

Kerry Washington at the 2016 Met Gala.

Kerry Washington, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Kerry Washington at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Kerry's magenta curls are a cool interpretation of the night's theme—but are also super-flattering on her. I also like her peachy lip shine and soft brows. What I'd change: Not sure about the greenish-black eyeshadow, which looks like a smudgier version of Beyoncé's. Between the cool-toned hair, strong peach cheeks and bold eyes, there are a lot of colours happening here.

Kerry is wearing: Moisturizer // Foundation in Cocoa // Blush in Raisin Glow // Eyeshadow in Forever Platinum // Eyeshadow in Night Porter // Eyeliner in Cosmic Black // Mascara in Carbon Black // Individual lashes // Brow wax // Lip crayon in Berry Brown

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams, Met Gala 2016

Rachel McAdams at the 2016 Met Gala.

Rachel McAdams, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Rachel McAdams at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: I've been pretty hard on Rachel's hair as of late, but it looks really good here—not streaky/rooty, and the messy, wavy bob is adorbs. I also like the rose gold liner all the way around her eyes. What I'd change: Is it just me? I feel like dark berry lips never work for her; they come across so harsh and aging. 

Rachel is wearing: Foundation // Blush in Orgasm // Lipstick in Liv

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, Met Gala 2016

Taylor Swift at the 2016 Met Gala.

Taylor Swift, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Taylor Swift at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: We haven't talked about Taylor's new blonde hair yet—I think it's actually okay! (I still like her best as a Boho blonde with long hair and bangs, but if she's going to do the bob, at least this isn't as drab as she looked here.) I'm also pleasantly surprised that she skipped her usual heavy black liner look and just did normal lashes! What I'd change: I don't know if I'd change it, because it does fit the theme, but as with Rachel McAdams, I'm not super-into the dark lips with fair colouring.

Taylor is wearing: Lip colour in Oh Lady

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner, Met Gala 2016

Kylie Jenner at the 2016 Met Gala.

Kylie Jenner, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Kylie Jenner at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Kylie's hair looks great. I feel like this is her Life Cut, a glossy thick straight bob with a deep side part. It kinda balances out all the makeup on her face (despite this being one of her more "natural" looks). What I'd change: I can actually live with all of this, except for the drawn-on eyebrows.

Kylie is wearing: Moisturizer // Concealer in 3 Medium and 4 Medium // Powder in 2 Medium // Contour and highlighter // Blush in Love is the Drug // Eyeshadow in Vintage Vamp // Mascara in Glossy Black // Lip liner in Iconic Nude // Lipstick in Penelope Pink

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid, Met Gala 2016

Bella Hadid at the 2016 Met Gala.

Bella Hadid, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: So nice to see Bella with her hair down, for once! (Although I get why she usually wears it up, to show off her dramatic features.) I really like how the tawny eyeshadow, lips and blush complement her flawless skin and unique eyes. Brows are soft, not a distraction. What I'd change: I'd go softer on the cheeks. The false lashes are at least tasteful. 

Bella is wearing: Moisturizer // Illuminator // Foundation // Contour and highlighter 

Zendaya

Zendaya, Met Gala 2016

Zendaya at the 2016 Met Gala.

Zendaya, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Zendaya at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: I know Zendaya is wearing a full face of makeup, but somehow her skin looks incredible. I do like these tone-on-tone bronzey brown palettes on her, and the new bowl-cut wig is dorky-cute. What I'd change: Like I keep saying, I think she could ease up on the lashes, contour and overly sculpted brows. I always like a bit of realness to show through.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, Met Gala 2016

Olivia Wilde at the 2016 Met Gala.

Olivia Wilde, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Olivia Wilde at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Olivia's lids are the ideal canvas for loads of shadow, especially in a silvery grey that matches her eye colour. (Notice the silver ear makeup as well!) Whereas this style of necklace looked awkward on Taylor, it really suits Olivia's futuristic makeup, gleaming skin and tight, high ponytail. What I'd change: Maybe just a little more blending on the contour.

Olivia is wearing: Foundation in Natural Beige // Concealer // Blush in Bronzilla // Eyeshadow in Precious Metals // Eyeshadow in Black Magic // Eyeliner in Matte Coal // Mascara in Blackest Black // Brow pencil in Dark Blonde // Lip liner in Nude // Lipstick in Champagne On Ice

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp, Met Gala 2016

Lily-Rose Depp at the 2016 Met Gala.

Lily-Rose Depp, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Lily-Rose Depp at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Lily-Rose is only 16 years old, but I can't help loving her beauty vibe (how is it possible she's already got her makeup and gaze down pat?). The defined lower lashes, subtle plum shadow, soft full brows and matte rose-brown lips are all perfect. What I'd change: Nothing.

Lily-Rose is wearing: Eyeshadow in Rose Pétal // Eyeshadow in Tissé Cambon // Eyeliner in Ambre // Lip liner in Natural

Allison Williams

Allison Williams, Met Gala 2016

Allison Williams at the 2016 Met Gala.

Allison Williams, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Allison Williams at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: According to her makeup artist, this look was more about Allison's skin than anything else—and I can always support that! Classic red lips look great on her, too. What I'd change: This is so feminine, it doesn't feel right with the theme. I would love to see her brows a little less precise as well.

Allison is wearing: Foundation in 104 // Contour in 204

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, Met Gala 2016

Jessica Chastain at the 2016 Met Gala.

Jessica Chastain, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Apparently, Jessica ignored the theme—but this is a pretty look nevertheless. I'm still loving her new lob, this time worn simple and straight to offset the dressiness of the gown. She is also keeping up the good work on her brows. The pop of raspberry lipstick is kinda fun. What I'd change: Nothing, but would've been great to see her in something with more edge.

Jessica is wearing: Foundation // Mascara in Black Moon // Lipstick in Vera

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima, Met Gala 2016

Adriana Lima at the 2016 Met Gala.

Adriana Lima, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Adriana Lima at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: On anyone else, this makeup would probably look overdone, but on Adriana, it just makes her even more stunning. She has great lips for a bold, matte red mouth, and I really like the feline shape of the black eyeliner. The low side bun is a style that kind of fell out of favour in recent years. I miss it! What I'd change: Nothing. (Even the false lashes look fine, such is her beauty.)

Adriana is wearing: Foundation // Concealer // Powder in Translucent // Contour // Blush in Coral // Brow powder // Brow gel // Eyeshadow in Nudes // Eyeliner in Black // Eyeliner in Glazed Toffee // Mascara (top lashes) // Mascara (bottom lashes // Lip liner in Glazed Toffee 

Brie Larson

Brie Larson, Met Gala 2016

Brie Larson at the 2016 Met Gala.

Brie Larson, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Brie Larson at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: I'm struggling here... I guess we can applaud Brie for sticking to regular (albeit chunky) eyelashes. Also, her brows look pretty good. What I'd change: I never understand why celebs wear sequins, because the shadows they cast on the face totally mess up the photos—and aren't photos the whole point? Brie looked incredible all awards season, so not sure what happened this time. I don't like the dark lips on her, and the shimmery cheeks are a bit aging. 

Brie is wearing: Lipstick in Erik // Lip liner in Acajou

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts, Met Gala 2016

Emma Roberts at the 2016 Met Gala.

Emma Roberts, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Emma Roberts at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: I'm happy Emma got rid of the blonde hair (which I thought was too light for her). I'll need to see her hair down to fully decide on this reddish hue, but so far, I like it! The twisted, wispy updo is youthful and fun. What I'd change: I don't get why Emma wears such OTT lashes when her strong brows already frame her face well. I also feel like the purple shadow is a bit heavy under her eyes.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry, Met Gala 2016

Katy Perry at the 2016 Met Gala.

Katy Perry, Met Gala 2016

Close-up of Katy Perry at the 2016 Met Gala.

What I love: Nothing. Bit of a swaperoo here... usually I say that for what I'd do differently! What I'd change: Where to start? While I appreciate Katy's risk-taking, I don't understand why she had to take so many risks all at once. (Actually, I do. She's launching a CoverGirl makeup collection and is wearing the most important shades on her face!) Even still, the black lips, bleached brows, blue lashes and beehive updo would each be statement enough on their own. Seeing them all together is highly unflattering. To me the Met Gala is more about being clever with how you work the theme into your personal style—NOT looking like you're going to a Halloween party! 

Katy is wearing: Foundation in 220 // Bronzer in Natural Bronze // Blush in Medium Rose // Eyeshadow in Nudes // Eyeliner in Aquamarine // Mascara in Perry Blue // Lipstick in Perry Panther

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?