If you were glued to your feed this Met Gala Monday then you’ll no doubt be clued up on who nailed the theme and who fucked it up big style. But while you were scrolling, you might have missed out on one of the best bits of the pre-show, the beauty. We spend so much time admiring and critique-ing the fashion that it’s easy to miss just how much work goes into some of these looks and that includes makeup, headpieces and hair. With a theme as so ripe and ready for interpretation, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” summoned up visions of thorn headdresses, tear stained faces and Lana Del rey just being Lana del Rey, obvs.
LILY COLLINS wore this striking look with a dress that might have otherwise been boring. The deep morello cherry lips, intricate braids and crystal tears make it totally befitting of the theme. I’m ready to confess Lily, I’m a huge fan of this look.
AMBER HEARD wore a sleek red dress to the 2018 Met Gala, yeah I mean I guess it’s kinda cute, but it’s the beauty look and accessories that make this look. Take them away and it’s just another boring actor in another boring gown.
EMILIA CLARKE in isolation and out of context this looks a little like Beverley Goldberg took a job as an Avon Lady in the 80’s. Under the umbrella of Heavenly Bodies and in line with the Gala theme, it’s absolute perfection and has to be seen up close to be appreciated. Daenerys ain’t got nothing on this.
BLAKE LIVELY I’m kind of regretting not putting her on my best dressed list now, I mean just look at her, she’s a goddess. This look is out of this world, the care and attention to detail that’s gone into both adhering to the theme, but still maintaining Lively’s signature red carpet style. Ryan Reynolds is one lucky dude, I’m just saying, if it all goes tits up, I’m here for you Blake.
ANNE HATHAWAY if you’re not fostering a new found respect for Annie after seeing her Met Gala red carpet look then you don’t know fashion. This beauty look is simple yet bold and those gold spikes give the whole look some serious edge. Ella Enchanted is gone and in her place stands a young, fierce contender to Maleficent’s throne.
LYNDA CARTER the original Wonder Woman was a commanding presence in teal and that’s why she made my best dressed list, not just because the look was good, but because it was so unexpected. Her beauty look was just as strong and judging by the knowing smile on her face, she knew it too.
SHAILENE WOODLEY divided critics with this very formal and accurate nod to Joan of Arc. Personally I think it’s absolute perfection, she took the theme and blended it to produce something shockingly accurate, with a modern, high fashion edge. Her commitment to the look is evident through the stark beauty look that’s been created specifically to keep the focus on the armoured tunic from the front, and the intricate hair design at the back. It’s a very cool interpretation of a theme, shame Zendaya did it too or this would have had way more column inches.