MEGA’s Top 10 Beauty Looks at the Met Gala 2024

MEGA’s Top 10 Beauty Looks at the Met Gala 2024


The annual Met Gala continues to be the stage for the bold and unrestrained splendor. Here’s MEGA’s list of the best beauty looks at the event

The Met Gala is fully underway with the no-holds-barred glamor the stars have conjured alongside their ensembles. Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has always played host to legendary beauty transformations, but the theme “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” and dress code “Gardens of Time” is about walking the line between whimsical and dramatic. 

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In her past appearances in the Met Gala, Zendaya has never missed a winning, memorable, and thematic fashion moment—and this year, as one of the co-chairs, she brought grandiloquent drama and edge. Law Roach styled the Challengers star’s ensemble, which featured a dramatic headpiece that matched the stunning gown by Maison Margiela’s John Galliano. While the artistry is in the details—the faux grapes in her gown, the long feather hair accessory, and the veil for a bit of mystery—Zendaya’s makeup look was just as avant-garde. With her cherry cola eyeshadow, wine red lips and nails, and striking thin brows, the actor was a 1920’s gothic goddess.

Zendaya’s makeup is reminiscent of high-contrast beauty looks on the runway, especially Pat McGrath’s “porcelain dolls”
Celebrity makeup artist Raoul Alejandre posts a closeup of Zendaya’s glam on his Instagram

Gigi Hadid

The supermodel returned to the spotlight for fashion’s biggest night as the picture of Old Hollywood and in a corset-backed Thom Browne gown. Gigi went with fresh, dewy skin and an elegant side-parted bob with romantic curls. The model kept her glam timeless and classic with a red lip, perfectly slicked brows, and a fairytale-worthy-blush statement.

Gigi Hadid is a striking Old Hollywood belle of the ball

Sabrina Carpenter

While the “Popstar Princess” is known for her flirty and fun doll-like style with sparkling embellishments, heart motifs, mini-skirts, and retro influences, she walks the red carpet of the Met Gala in an elegant black-bodice ball gown by Oscar de la Renta and in a fresh, glowing, rosy-cheek look. Sabrina’s makeup artist, Carolina Gonzalez, pulled back on the blush and the stage makeup but her final look was not in any way underwhelming—the powder blue and shimmering silver in her eyes and the pink on her lips make the starlet, according to Carolina in her Instagram story, is “delicately fierce.” She attached a Pinterest moodboard on her Instagram story for the inspiration behind Sabrina’s look, saying, “It’s about a feeling…these colors, paintings, and flowers collectively inspired me for this year’s Met Gala glam for the beautiful Sabrina Carpenter.”

Sabrina’s beauty direction came straight from a fairytale page

Anok Yai

Donning full-body crystals, supermodel Anok Yai’s lit-from-within makeup looked radiant and dewy. Her glossy, nude lip complemented the scene-stealer: her eyes. White and silver eyeshadow created a stunning inner corner highlight and a smokey wing. The light violet shimmer and the dusting of highlighter with precisely the right amount made her face shine in the light and resemble that of a fae’s touch. Anok’s hair was styled in a sleek pixie cut with an elegant curl.

Anok Yai’s jumpsuit was already dazzling enough; her makeup turned her breathtakingly stellar

Gwendoline Christie

The fantastical opulence and theatrical storytelling of the theme is evident in the dark and whimsy of Gwendoline Christine’s doll-like makeup and overall ensemble. Channeling the energy of the “Queen of Hearts,” the actress’s soft yet striking beauty look with blood-orange blush complemented the velvet Maison Margiela velvet gown and tulle cape she wore. Celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath gave Gwendoline a fabulous display of theatrical couture.

Gwendoline Christie is the ‘Queen of Hearts’ with her dramatic hair and makeup, giving the theme her own unique flair

Phoebe Dynevor

Bridgerton‘s first leading lady Phoebe Dynevor stepped out onto the Met Gala carpet as the first star to wear custom Victoria Beckham, exhibiting the very romance of fairytale with her pretty in pink, enchanting makeup by Sofia Tilbury. Elaborate work was done into her gown, sewing hundreds of flowers onto archival lace and delicate tulle, and to match the softness and dreaminess of the dress, Sofia Tilbury gave Phoebe rosebud lips, flushed cheeks, and shiny, glossy skin—truly a look befitting a princess. 

The season’s diamond looked like the leading lady in a romantic fairytale

The makeup artist revealed on Instagram she used Charlotte Tilbury’s new Hollywood Beauty Icon Lipstick in Hollywood Vixen to create the ‘rosebud romance’ look for the star, and one that matches in perfect harmony with her outfit.

Phoebe’s makeup standout was the rosebud lips


Pat McGrath marks Tyla’s first Met Gala with stunning shades of bronze, golds, and browns to complement her Balmain piece made of sand. Trading water to represent the sands of time, even carrying an hourglass in her hand and sprinkling sand-like glitter on her shoulders, the South African songstress made a moment on the Met Gala with her alluring bronzed look to flatter Olivier Rousteing’s design. The high-shine gloss finish and sun-kissed color to the high points of her face, and the subtle yet defining smokey eye enhanced her fresh complexion. The look was completed with a wavy hydro-bob.

The sand-sculpted gown and bronze glow evoked a sun-kissed sculpture

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall was plucked straight out of a painting, the picture of walking art in a dress with florals embellished silk that gave the fabric a watercolor effect.

Rebecca Hall was Ophelia resuscitated at the Met Gala 2024

The star reawakened fashion by embodying John Everett Millais’ painting Ophelia by adding hand-painted flowers all over her arms and shoulders. It was a look of intention, depth, and one that “brought Ophelia out of the lake and sent her off to the ball…” as said by Rebecca on her Instagram post.

The actress embraced the ‘Garden of Time’ theme with intricate floral body paint

Elle Fanning

Sleeping Beauty herself was an ethereal vision in glazed and shiny makeup done by Erin Monroe. According to her Instagram post, the artist was “inspired by the organic, glistening quality of Elle’s incredible Balmain dress.”

Elle channeling the dream-like study of her Maleficent role at the Met Gala

Elle’s rosy and delicate makeup with a romantic eyeshadow and a flushed, luminous lip perfectly equaled the made-from-glass dress, and her nails completed the ensemble. According to nail artist Jin Soon Choi, the ‘Mesmerizing Jelly Shimmer’ look was crafted to mirror the shimmery touch on the transparent fabric by using a “combination of gray translucent color and sheer mermaid chrome powder.”

Elle Fanning enchants with a glistening and elegant look to match her Balmain gown

Taylor Russell

The actress made her debut on the famed steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in custom Loewe that mimicked nature, Audrey Hepburn-inspired hair, and a warm, tonal, and wooden-colored makeup look. Makeup artist Celia Burton gave Taylor a striking feline, cat-eye-shape chocolate eyeliner in the inner and outer corners, finely-tipped brows, and Fara Homidi’s Lip Pencil in Riche for a soft finish.

Celia matched the oak and mahogany of the Loewe corset with her minimal yet striking makeup

On the moodboard for the Met Gala were photos of Audrey Hepburn, to which the technical up-do by Joey George was inspired by. Finally, nail artist for Elle Fanning Jin Soon Choi also finished Taylor’s look with glass-like burnt orange jelly nails. “Anticipating the perfect match, I predicted she would choose a glossy burnt orange look, aligning seamlessly with Russell’s vision,” the nail artist penned in her Instagram post.

Taylor’s hair was a nod to the iconic Audrey Hepburn character Natasha Rostova in the 1956 War and Peace


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