Headdresses and printed frocks aside, last night’s Met Gala was as much about killer beauty as it was about punk fashion and trust us when we say that it was the models who led the way! While there weren’t quite as many mohawks as we had hoped to see, last night’s beauty lineup was nonetheless an extravagant display of heavy black eyeliner, electric hair color and lethal manis, providing for some of the biggest red carpet moments of the year.
Our hats go off Karolina Kurkova, whose sexy black eyeliner and slicked back tresses were the perfect finishing touches on what was already one of the evening’s most memorable ensembles. Cara Delevingne and Coco Rocha also followed suit, topping off their smoky lids with heavily embellished nail art looks that were as fierce as the exhibit’s stud collection. And when the model’s eyes weren’t heavily rimmed in kohl, they were painted into fierce cateye shapes, as demonstrated on both Anja Rubik and Jessica Hart.
Now, in terms of hair, it wasn’t necessarily the style that mattered, but the color. Karlie Kloss turned heads when she stepped out onto the scene displaying a textured updo that she later admitted she had spray-painted black just for the occasion. Meanwhile, Chanel Iman and Joan Smalls took inspiration from Debbie Harry’s infamous dip-dyed tips, touching off their ends with raspberry pink and bleach blonde shades.
Then of course, there were the those red carpet stunners that, while not exactly “punk,” were drop-dead gorgeous nonetheless. Both Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr took a more subtle approach to the theme, opting for radiant skin, sleek tresses and standout lips above all else. The result was breath-taking beauty that made up for the fact that they had all but bucked the event’s honored theme.