Beauty How-To: Met Gala Looks

For those of us who appreciate the aesthetically pleasing things in life, the sartorial eye candy on display at the Met Gala 2012 was enough to quench even the largest of visual appetites. From modern rock to 1920s glam, every frock was a masterpiece in its own right. However, as hard as it may be to tear your eyes away from the garments, all the real action on the night was from the shoulders up. Take a look at these hair and makeup trends, and although you’ll be excited, take it from me. Don’t try them all at once!

Berry Lips

There is only one word that truly sums up this look: Stunning. The trick with berry toned lipstick is to keep the rest of your makeup as simple and as polished as possible. This is the perfect colour for winter and will leave you feeling sophisticated on even the gloomiest of days.

Winged eye shadow

Winged eye shadow, next to the berry lips, was one of the most striking makeup techniques of the night. Although that much eye shadow can get a bit messy, apply your foundation, concealer and powder after doing your eyes. Not only will this help you avoid dark splotches all over your face caused by straying eye shadow, it is also a sneaky way to help shape the wings if they’re uneven, too thick or too thin. Simply work the foundation/concealer around it for a much sharper look.

Soft glow

You know how some people look like they’re lit from within? Well Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Cameron Diaz all fit that description. By keeping their eye makeup to a minimum and lips nude, these three blonde beauties nailed it. The main focus was on the foundation and contouring, meaning they ended up with flawless looking skin. The best bit is that you don’t even need a spray tan to get that glow, just a tad of illuminator.

Beach glam waves

Not quite beach hair and not quite a curl, these soft and casual looking waves epitomise the term “effortless glamour.” Perfect for those occasions where you want to look amazing, but not too “done,” all you need to do is run your fingers through your hair after curling it, or even braid it the night before. Unlike beach waves, this is a very clean look, so don’t weigh it down or grease it up with too many hair products.

Simply straight

Remember those days when we wanted our hair to be so straight we basically burnt it into oblivion? Well now our hair can stop fearing for its life because this look is a little more relaxed. Not as severe as its sister, “dead straight,” this hairdo is all about health and brilliant shine. With slight waves sitting at the tips of your hair, this is one style you don’t need to freak out about if it’s a windy day. In fact, a soft breeze just might even add to its charm.

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  • Reply yslyenom Saturday 23rd February, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Helpful to know all these.

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 14th August, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I agree not Jessica’s best look but scarlett look amazing

  • Reply aalana Monday 30th July, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Kate Bosworth is oh so stylish! Love her look!

  • Reply dj23249 Saturday 28th July, 2012 at 6:01 am

    So elegant and stylish, Jessica Alba is gorgeous

  • Reply BellaB Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    If only I had the time to achieve some of these looks!

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  • Reply philliponi Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Digging the winged shadow.

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Monday 11th June, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    wow, lovely looks, the dark lips are fantastic

  • Reply Audrey1989 Saturday 2nd June, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Just invested in this look.

  • jennika
    Reply jennika Wednesday 30th May, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    scar-jo is definitely my favourite…

  • Reply Audrey1989 Monday 28th May, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Dark lips. Sexy!

  • Reply Zerotolove Tuesday 22nd May, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Loving the first row of looks!

  • Reply Supersue Sunday 20th May, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    How do I get that soft slinky hairdo?

  • Reply kiera Saturday 19th May, 2012 at 9:51 am

    berry lips!

  • Reply mandystsai Saturday 19th May, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Great article, very interesting

  • Reply 07ngoma Thursday 17th May, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Lana Del Ray and Carey Muligan are my favs! amazing (:

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Thursday 17th May, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Berry lips are my new best friend! They look amazing and I love the winged eyeshadow.. Will be trying one of these out over the weekend 🙂

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  • Luci
    Reply luci321 Wednesday 16th May, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Ashley Greene- just so beautiful!

  • Reply fifi73 Wednesday 16th May, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Love, love, love the dark berry lips….. It’s on my wish list for winter…. 😉

  • Reply MelanieLilly Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Lovely lip colour

  • Reply jnic Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Dark lips are so amazing right now!

  • Reply Adri Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Lana Love!

  • Reply ladadidah Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    such gorgeous ladies

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    glossy hair all round!

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  • Reply Anastasia Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Berry lips!!!!!! Ah so much perfection

  • Reply Jenny Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Love Jessica Alba

  • Reply candicelee22 Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Great pics

  • Reply lucinda Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Love Berry lips

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Great pics.

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  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Rosie is so pretty! I love Kirsten Sturarts hair. I prefer Jessica Biel without a fringe and longer, lighter hair.

  • Reply Crystal Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 11:38 am

    love <3

  • Reply fengari Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Loving the dark berry lips!

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