These Met Gala Beauty Looks Prove Fashion Isn’t the Only Way to Stand Out

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As Tiffany Pollard famously said: "Gorgeous is gonna, you know, devour cute."

When it comes to the Met Gala, the goal is to be called something other than cute. Why? Because when it comes to the fashion extravaganza, it's all about the more is more approach. After all, the Met Ball is the one event where larger-than-life ensembles, in-your-face accessories and exaggerated poses are encouraged.

And it's safe to say clothes aren't the only way to stand out at the star-studded affair.

Yes, wearing a theatrical design for the special occasion will certainly turn heads, especially if it complements the theme. However, that doesn't mean the look ends there, as beauty plays a major role in one's ensemble.

In fact, it can act as the perfect finishing touch to a swoon-worthy outfit.

Case in point? Lady Gaga shut down the 2019 fête with her spidery gold lashes, matching face jewels and bright pink lipstick. It added edge and glamour to her multiple costume changes on the red carpet.

photosMost Unforgettable Met Gala Moments of All Time

Rihanna, Cher, Cardi B and Zendaya are just a few other celebrities who have rocked show-stopping beauty looks at the Met Gala. But don't just take our word for it!

Scroll through our gallery below to see all of the best hair and makeup moments at the fanciful event.

Taylor Hill/FilmMagicLily Collins

A nod to mod! The actress pays homage to Priscilla Presley with her bright and bold beauty. Along with the lavender shadow and exaggerated eye makeup, Lily's voluminous bouffant and flower accessories give her glam a retro feel.

Theo Wargo/WireImageLady Gaga

No one does over-the-top glam like the Oscar winner. From her spidery gold lashes to her bright pink lipstick and glitzy face jewels, this is a makeup look to remember. Plus, her petite hair bows are an ode to her early days.


A work of art! The Fenty Beauty founder's makeup perfectly complements her colorful architectural gown as she takes her blush all the way to her eyelids, making everything cohesive and playful. 

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