See the Best Met Gala Beauty Looks Over the Years

As Tiffany Pollard famously said: “gorgeous is gonna, you know, devour cute.”

When it comes to the Met Gala, no one wants to be called cute because it’s all about the more is more approach. It’s the one event where larger-than-life ensembles, in-your-face accessories and exaggerated poses on the red carpet are encouraged.

And it’s safe to say clothes aren’t the only way to stand out at the annual fashion extravaganza—which historically takes place the first Monday in May. Yes, wearing a theatrical design will certainly turn heads, but that doesn’t mean the lewk ends there.

Beauty plays a big role.

Take for example Rihanna‘s drool-worthy looks over the years. Look back at any outfit, and you’ll notice her vision didn’t stop at her garment. She pushed it further with her hair and makeup.

Case in point? The Fenty Beauty founder celebrated the 2017 theme (Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons) with a voluminous and architectural dress that could’ve easily swallowed her whole.

Instead, she owned the avant-garde design and commanded the room.

Her makeup also complemented the gown’s vivid and colorful palette—she took her blush all the way to her eyelids, which made everything a lot more cohesive and playful. Her deep red lipstick not only matched her design but it tied her entire look together.

One word: swoon!

Another memorable beauty moment? Lupita Nyong’o‘s Divine-inspired makeup at the 2019 Met Gala. The Us actress exaggerated her eyebrows like the late drag icon, while also adding glitter liner and eyeshadow to her lids. An array of gold combs peeked through her hair and doubled as accessories.

Her electrifying glam made her rainbow-colored dress pop even more that night.

Of course, we’re only scratching the surface here.

We’ve rounded up the best beauty looks to hit the red carpet over the years. Scroll through our gallery below for some makeup and hair inspo!

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ESC: Met Gala 2017, Best Beauty, Rihanna


Billy Porter, 2019 Met Gala, Beauty

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Amber Valletta, Met Gala 2004, Best Beauty

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Beyonce, 2014 Met Gala, Beauty

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Lily Collins, 2019 Met Gala, Beauty

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Katy Perry, 2017 Met Gala, Beauty

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Cher, 1985 Met Gala, Beauty

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Zendaya, 2017 Met Gala, Beauty

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ESC: Cara Delevingne, 2017 Met Gala

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Cardi B, 2019 Met Gala, Beauty

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Lupita Nyong'o, 2019 Met Gala

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Marilyn Manson, 2005 Met Gala, Beauty

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Gigi Hadid, 2019 Met Gala, Beauty

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Rihanna, 2018 Met Gala, Beauty

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Ginnifer Goodwin, 2013 Met Gala, Beauty

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 Lili Reinhart, 2019 Met Gala, Beauty

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Miley Cyrus, MET Gala

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Ezra Miller, Met Gala 2019, Best Beauty

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Madonna, 2013 Met Gala, Beauty

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Sadly, the 2020 Met Gala has been postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t reminisce on what could’ve been. 

E! News is here to fill that fashion void—so go ahead and relive the best Met Gala moments!

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