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Stunning Beauty Looks From the 2014 Met Gala

May 6 2014 - 4:08pm

The Costume Institute Gala red carpet is synonymous with glamour, and this year's theme, Charles James: Beyond Fashion [1], brought couture ball gowns and highly teased bouffants to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The makeup was an exercise in restrained elegance: neutral shades and minimal product (with a bold lip thrown in here and there). Keep scrolling to see all the high-fashion beauty looks.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita stretched her cropped Afro to the max for this one-sided pompadour [2] look, which she paired with a green headband and purple eyeliner.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen made her first red carpet appearance with her orange-red locks at the Met Gala, wearing cascading curls to one side.

Kristen Stewart

The back shot revealed a complicated braid that fit right into the scooped back of her Chanel dress.

Beyoncé Knowles

This beaded veil and aubergine lip on Beyoncé was more goth than glamorous, but couture all the same.

Kim Kardashian

Of all the looks on the red carpet tonight, Kim fell on the tamer side of the spectrum with sideswept waves and glossy lips.

Sarah Jessica Parker

SJP's twisted bouffant was a showstopper. The back was just as exciting as the front . . .

Sarah Jessica Parker

With a flower garland strewn along the neck. And check out the twist!

Rihanna

Flash back to the '90s with this teased ponytail look on Rihanna [3] (plus there are barrettes).

Anne Hathaway

With her red lip and red dress combination, Anne really showed off her alabaster skin tone.

Emmy Rossum

Emmy pulled out the best of vintage beauty with a bright red lip and finger-waved bangs.

Blake Lively

With Blake's golden locks, there is really no wrong hair move on the red carpet.

Selena Gomez

The burgundy lip and thick faux lashes on Selena were more modern than we expected at a couture-themed Met Gala.

Selena Gomez

We can just imagine a blushing bride wearing this rolled updo.

Taylor Swift

Taylor was at home with the retro theme in her signature red lip and shoulder-length curls.

Solange Knowles

Did Solange get rid of her Afro? She attended the Met Gala red carpet in a tousled bob.

Nicole Richie

Nicole went for a voluminous updo at the Met Gala. Together with her lavender strands, it was a quite shocking look.

Reese Witherspoon

Pink lip, pink dress, '50s curls: Reese was true to the Charles James theme for the night.

Marion Cotillard

Marion wore a bright orange lip with a chic twisted updo on the Met Gala red carpet.

Jessica Paré

Berry lips, bold brows, and a jet-black topknot pulled together Jessica's Met Gala look nicely.

Suki Waterhouse

Vampy and glamorous: two words that describe Suki's makeup for the night. Her brick-red lip was the epitome of retro glamour.

Hailee Steinfeld

Winged eyeliner and a nude lip matched Hailee's black and white gown perfectly.

Kate Upton

Kate channeled a touch of Frida Kahlo style with this dark flower arrangement as a headpiece.

Rita Ora

A gold-streaked part? Only Rita could pull off such a gilded look on the red carpet.

Joan Smalls

An extralong side braid and an electric bluish-purple lipstick set Joan apart from all the other minimal makeup looks of the night.

Katie Holmes

This tousled asymmetrical bob looked stunning on Katie, and she left her makeup simple with bronzed tones.

Rachel McAdams

The best blowout of the night goes to Rachel!

Karlie Kloss

Karlie stuck to a simple and glamorous theme for her night on the Met Gala red carpet.

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten doubled up on the drama with the dark black eye shadow and red lip. She embellished her hair with a diamond-studded crown.

Charlize Theron

Charlize showed off her grown-out pixie cut with cuffed earrings.

Michelle Williams

Michelle played up her pale complexion with a sheer makeup palette and styled her white-blond strands superstraight for the Met Gala.

Emma Stone

Emma was all about the casual side braid for the Met Gala.

Zoe Kravitz

From the runway to the red carpet, Zoe was daring enough to try the red eye shadow trend.

Janelle Monae

A twist on her typical pompadour [4] look, Janelle wore her hair woven into an intricate plait.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie was striking on the Met Gala red carpet with her blond pixie and smudged smoky eyes.

Amber Heard

Bold lips and a teased updo added edge and glamour to Amber's red carpet look.

Diane Kruger

Diane pulled her hair back into an elegant chignon on the Met Gala red carpet.

Hayden Panettiere

Larger-than-life lashes made Hayden's eyes really pop.

Jessica Alba

Bronze smoky eyes and a retro curled hairstyle completed Jessica's dazzling Met Gala look.

Kate Bosworth

Kate kept her look sleek and simple by slicking her hair back into a bun and keeping her makeup dewy and fresh.

Kate Mara

Kate stood out on the red carpet with tousled locks and sparkling eye makeup that paired well with her glimmering gold dress.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall pumped up the volume with a teased hairstyle that took her hair to new heights.

Lea Michele

A sideswept updo gave Lea's look a sexy vibe at the Met Gala.

Naomi Campbell

Cascading curls completed Naomi's ethereal '70s-inspired beauty look.

Olivia Munn

Olivia's winged hairpiece made her style unique on the Met Gala red carpet.

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen

The Olsens rocked their signature style — minimal makeup and simple hairstyles — yet they were still elegant on the Met Gala red carpet.

Rashida Jones

Rashida channeled Old Hollywood with a vampy red lip and and a tucked faux bob.


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