It’s that time of the year again: It’s the 2017 Met Gala. While everyone eagerly waits to see the amazing fashion that will grace the red carpet, we cannot forget about the dazzling beauty looks. Celebs’ hair and makeup have helped turn some Met Ball ensembles into the iconic looks that we still talk about today. Just think about Joan Smalls’ purplish blue lipstick or Sarah Jessica Parker’s flaming hat.
When it came to the 2017 Met Gala, one of the biggest makeup trends was red and pink eyeshadow. Celebs including Selena Gomez, Mandy Moore, Rihanna and Jemima Kirke ditched the expected neutrals for the fiery shades.
While most of us might not be able to afford the eye-watering ticket price to the event or get our hands on a couture dress, we can still create the Met Gala’s most popular makeup trend. Here’s how to get the look.
1. Keep the rest of your makeup understated.
Your eyes are going to be the focal point of your look so you don’t want the rest of your face competing with them. Make like most of the celebs at the 2017 Met Gala and try a neutral lip color with your vivid eye makeup. It’s a fail-safe option.
2. Try unique placement.
It’s easy to just swipe the red and/or pink shadow across your lids and call it a day, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Take a cue from Jemima Kirke and apply the shadow only on the inner corners of your eyes. Or take inspiration from Mandy Moore and apply a very faint shadow from your lash line up to your brows.
3. Consider the finish.
Sometimes it’s not the color of the shadow that intimidates people but the finish. Matte, slightly sheer finishes were one of the most popular looks at the Met Gala. Plus, they’re the easiest to pull off.
If you’re feeling bold, you can try a metallic or glitter finish, but keep those for evening. And remember that less is definitely more.
4. Don’t be afraid to mix pink and red.
Pink and red are very pretty together. Just see Selena Gomez’s flirty eye makeup for proof. You might be hesitant to wear the two shades together because they might make you think of Valentine’s Day, but don’t let that stop you. As long as you don’t draw on any hearts with eyeliner, your makeup will look appropriate.
5. Go easy on the mascara.
You might think that you need a few coats of black mascara to “balance” out the bright eyeshadow. While that used to be a good makeup rule to follow, we saw celebrities were opting for less mascara so the bold color really came across on their peepers. It might feel weird, but try putting your mascara wand down for once.
6. Have fun with it.
Makeup is supposed to be fun and playful. These pink and red shadows aren’t like your go-to neutrals so embrace the fact that they’re different. And if you really don’t like your look, you can simply wash it off.