You would be forgiven if you had mistaken Elle Fanning for Lady Gaga, Mindy Kaling for Donatella Versace or Priyanka Chopra for Effie Trinket while watching the celebrity arrivals at the 2019 Met Gala.
That is to say, each star had a beauty look so transformative — in the form of a cascade of long platinum blond hair on Kaling; a highly exaggerated, white-blond “I Dream of Jeannie” ponytail on Fanning; and a face of white and fuchsia makeup for Chopra — that their typical red-carpet personae seemed galaxies away.
That, of course, was the point. This year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” called for a celebration of being extra and embracing the unexpected, and the hair and makeup certainly followed suit.
Plenty of celebrities played up the camp factor with their eyelashes and hair. Lady Gaga, in particular, made a strong point with her butterfly-like black and gold lashes, as did Gigi Hadid with a silver pair. Billy Porter created a gilded effect with a smattering of gold makeup and lashes lining his eyes.
Exaggerated hair was a constant. Yara Shahidi’s voluminous half-up hair almost eclipsed her diminutive frame, and Zoe Saldana’s curly mane channeled Diana Ross in “Mahogany,” complete with a purple flower tucked behind one ear.
The more-is-more vibe also came in the form of metallic makeup in general. In addition to Porter, Bevy Smith, Celine Dion, Awkwafina and Emily Blunt had attention-grabbing metallic eye makeup. Blunt’s glittery-gold highlighter was relatively subtle for those who want to inject a little camp into their daily look.
As for bold color, Laverne Cox and Lupita Nyong’o tied for wearing the most vibrant kaleidoscope of pastels and bright shades as makeup. Gala co-host Serena Williams went in the other direction, allowing her highlighter-yellow and pink Versace gown and Nike X Off White sneakers to shine.
“I felt like the dress was super-camp so I wanted that to speak for itself,” said Williams’ makeup artist, Renny Vasquez, who used Pat McGrath products. “I made sure that the makeup complemented the dress and didn’t fight against it.”
With that said, here are some of the standout beauty looks from Monday’s Met Gala.
Lupita Nyong’o attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s benefit for its Costume Institute on May 6 in New York.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Lily Collins wears lavender eyeshadow and a bouffant at the 2019 Met Gala.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
A pink gown and black bow are sported by Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) at the May 6 gala.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Model Gigi Hadid went heavy on the sequins and silver lashes for her Met Gala look.(Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)
Priyanka Chopra channels “The Hunger Games’ ” Effie Trinket in her salute to camp.(Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)
Elle Fanning flashes her fingernail charms at Met Gala 2019.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Mindy Kaling goes platinum blond for the Costume Institute benefit.(Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
Yara Shahidi, whose credits include “Black-ish” and the movie “The Sun Is Also a Star,” attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art event.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Actor Darren Criss wears a harlequin jacket and dramatic eye makeup for this year’s Met Gala.(Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
Tennis great Serena Williams went easy on the makeup, giving her yellow-and-pink Versace gown the spotlight.(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
Emily Blunt’s Met Gala makeup — a shiny lip and relatively subtle glittery gold highlights — are inspiration for those wanting to inject a little camp into their everyday look.(Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)
Zoe Saldana channels Diana Ross on the pink carpet.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Awkwafina’s gold eye makeup continues the theme of her Altuzarra gown.(Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
Billy Porter is bejeweled and gilded for the 2019 Met Gala.(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
Bevy Smith, of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens,” sparkles at the May 6 event.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Laverne Cox wears Christian Siriano and makeup with metallic touches.(Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)
Lady Gaga owned the pink carpet with multiple outfit reveals. Her butterfly-like black-and-gold lashes also were a stunner.(Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)
Celine Dion created visual drama with her headpiece and smoky eyes.(Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)