Met Gala Makeup and Outfit Symbolism

The Met Gala: a spectacular event, occurring once a year, that represents the epitome of artistic creativity and beauty. The ball, held by the Met, is one that only celebrities can attend (ones that are older than 18, to Kaia Gerber’s dismay), and every year the ball has a specific theme, this year’s theme being “heavenly bodies: fashion and the Catholic imagination”. Not only was this theme manifested in the dresses and suits of the attendees, but in their makeup as well. Here are a few celebrities that not only embedded symbols of this theme into their outfits and makeup.

 

Blake Lively

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Blake Lively was all the talk when it came to this year’s Met Gala. Any and every social media outlet was talking about her- she looked like she stepped out of an old Italian Renaissance painting and was underwhelmed by how bland the rest of the world was, compared to her spectacular image. Her dress was an intersection of the stained glass of the church and a ballgown fit for an Italian queen. Her makeup followed the stained glass theme as well- her eyes and lips were done in a way that showed no border, rather an abstract color.

 

Gisele

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Gisele’s appearance was no less stunning than Blake’s- she showed up in a beautiful gold gown that resembled something like a Greek goddess. The gown was simple, compared to Blake’s ornate dress, and complemented Gisele’s figure seamlessly. Her makeup went along with the goddess-like theme, with sparkling gold lids that matched her large, glitter earrings. Her nude-pink lip is subtle, so as to bring out the gold of the dress and her eyes.

 

Lily Collins

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Perhaps the most intricate of the makeup looks at the entire Met Gala was Lily Collins’. There was a lot of thought put into her makeup, as well as her gown. Her complexion is very fair and glossy- so as to resemble ancient sculpture. The crystals around her eyes symbolized celestial tears, and the red teardrop was symbolic of the tears of virgins. Her dark eyes and lips add a gothic element to her look, which goes along with her dark, gothic dress.

 

Kate Bosworth

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Kate’s look was quite different than many others- instead of taking a more glamorous route- she was able to portray, through her outfit, and makeup, the innocence of saints and heavenly creatures. Her simple makeup that emphasized her rosy cheeks and flawless complexion was an amazing portrayal of what angels might look like. Her embellished veil added to the beautiful purity of an angel.

Elizabeth Kunkov

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