May 7th, 2014
Arguably the most fashionable date in the year has been and gone once more, with this year’s Met Gala reaching new heights (and costs). With the beautiful and famous of Hollywood and fashion choosing to either embrace or eschew the White Tie and Decorations theme, our eyes were firmly fixed on the faces. Lips led the way, with everything from gentle, demure nudes to striking reds, and even a bold purple. Warpaint breaks down the key looks for you.
Nice and Nude
With such dramatic and visual gowns, it is unsurprising to see that many a face chose the classic make-up look of nude or pale pink lips and darker eyes. Some, like Lily Allen and Kendall Jenner, bore striking cat-eye flicks, complemented by radiant natural pink lips and cheeks to off-set the stark black. Anna Kendrick, with the help of MUA Sara Glick, combined Burt’s Bees tinted lipbalm in Red Dahlia and their new lipgloss in Ruby Moon to create a beautiful pinky nude.
Others, including Rihanna (with the help of MUA Mylah Morales) and Jessica Alba, went smoky but subtle, with warmer-toned nudes on the lip and highlighter liberally dusted over the high points of the face to help create a lit-by-candlelight effect.
Loud and Proud
From Reese Witherspoon’s bright dress-matching fuschia to Taylor Swift’s classic red, the bold lip brigade was out in force. Some sported darker berry shades, more typically seen at winter events; Suki Waterhouse’s carmine lip stood out in particular against her pale blush dress, whereas Selena Gomez went all-over dark and sultry with a wine lip shade as well as dark eyes, tying in with the dark plum hue of her dress.
Marion Cotillard’s vibrant orange-red caught our eye as well, a fresh shade predicted from the S/S14 catwalks of DSquared2 and Rag & Bone. Her MUA Christophe Danchaud used a mixture of Hourglass’ Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipsticks in the shades ‘Raven’ and ‘Muse‘. Janelle Monae, model for US brand Covergirl, paired a bold, warm red with fluttery lashes and bold brows.
Breaking the Mould
The Met Gala wouldn’t be the same without some surprises, and this year’s came in the form of Joan Smalls and her unabashedly purple lipstick, created using Estée Lauder products and her MUA, Sir John. Against her sand-hued dress and simple side-plait it stood out all the more, but she rocked it with such confidence you’d think it was the next big thing. Try Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Dominant’ and ‘Insolent Plum‘.
Another surprise was new Lancôme face Lupita Nyong’o, whose sheer coral lips and vibrant purple eyeshadow bucked both trends of the night as much as her Prada dress did. Colour has always favoured her and the jewel tones popped against her rich skintone. Her MUA, Nick Barose, used Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in ‘Miss Sweetheart D’.