Celebs did not disappoint with their glam at the 2019 Met Gala.
To complement their "Camp"-themed outfits, stars such as Emily Blunt, Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne went all out on the hair and makeup front.
The creative masterminds behind the gorgeous glams spoke with ET about the process and how you can recreate the looks yourself.
"When I saw Gabrielle's outfit, I had three specific sources for inspiration -- Grace Jones, Diana Ross and Donna Summer," revealed makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who also worked her magic on Lily Collins Monday night. "As we got closer and I saw the Peter Dundas dress on her, we thought Eartha Kitt, '60s diva, beautiful. With a strong brow, but a little thinner for more eyelid, [plus a] neutral lip, and magenta blush as a nod to Grace Jones. We shared pictures back and forth with her stylist, Thomas Christos Kikis. We stopped by a hotel yesterday [morning], threw a look on Gabrielle and sent references back and forth [again]. We landed on the vibe we wanted, and Gabrielle confirmed it."
So, what's the secret to getting Union's flawless look? "Make sure to always start with fresh, clean skin. I like AVYA Gentle Cleanser, because it's made with high-impact natural ingredients (turmeric, neem and peony) and works extremely well for everyone, but especially those with melanin-rich skin," Stiles said. "How you prep the skin makes a big difference in how makeup sits on the skin and how it lasts through the night. We first cleansed away any dirt, oil and buildup from the day with that cleanser, then I applied the AVYA Eye Bright Cream under and around her eyes before I started setting up, so the ingredients had had time to sink into the skin and work their magic (the caffeine in it helps to really wake up the eye area)."
"Next, I applied the AVYA Anti-Aging Power Serum to her face and neck because it's made with vitamin C and gives the complexion a boost of brightening," she added. "The next layer for skin care was the AVYA Day Moisturizer and I love this formula because it works really well for melanated skin tones and targets melanin to look and feel its best. Then I applied her foundation."
Full beauty breakdown: After prepping Union's skin, Stiles then used the Fenty Pro Filt'r Foundation in 420 & 430. "Under the eye, I dabbed on a bit of the Fenty Pro Filt'r Concealer in 360 under her eyes to brighten the area and then set the face with the Fenty Loose Setting Powder in 'hazelnut' and 'coffee,' creating depth and dimension on the face," she explained. "For contour, I used the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in 'Intensity 3' and then used the Clinique Cheek Pop in 'cola pop' to give her a gorgeous vibrant Studio 54 style blush."
"I added a bit of drama to her brows with the Lancome Sourcil Gel in Noir and then used the radiant mousse shadow in 'chocolate diamond' and '24k gold' from Dome Beauty on the lids and lined the eyes with the Dome Beauty Black Gel Eyeliner in 'Blackout,'" she added. "I glued a rhinestone on the outer corner of her eye for a bit of extra glamour and sparkle. A few false lashes and lashings of Dome Beauty Black Magic Magnetic Mascara in 'Black Magic' finished off the eyes. The lips were Tom Ford 'bare.'"
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