Met Gala 2022 Blog Post

Met Gala Makeup Musts 2022

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala has been around since 1948. It began as a means to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which remains the same to this day. It is one of the biggest annual events in fashion, celebrities, and culture. 

Initially, well-known fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert founded the event. It was hosted in venues such as Central Park, the Rainbow Room, and the Waldorf Astoria. However, it wasn’t until Diana Vreeland took over as chief consultant that the Met became what it is today. She changed the venue of the Met Gala to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and incorporated gala themes. Currently, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour runs the benefits, guest-list of attendees, and the theme. 

The theme of each annual Met Gala is to be reflected in the attendees outfits. For example, the 2018 theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’.

Met Gala Makeup Musts 2022

Blake Lively (pictured above) followed the theme perfectly. However, more recent themes such as ‘The Gilded Age’ saw a lot of celebrities wearing outfits that didn’t match the theme. For example, Kylie Jenner wore an all-white bridal gown to this year’s theme, even though it didn’t exactly match the topic of the year. The Gilded Age was a time in which the United States experienced economic growth, overtaking the United Kingdom in leading industrialisation.

Met Gala Makeup Musts 2022

Makeup and the Met

Given the importance placed upon the dress code, it was essential that makeup looks were made to match their extravagant outfits. This makes the Met Gala the perfect place to find inspiration for your next makeup look. 

We’ll now take a look at some of the makeup styles throughout this year’s event, and discuss our favourites.

Met Gala Makeup Musts 2022

Emma Chamberlain (Met Gala 2022)

Young YouTube star Emma Chamberlain pulled out all the stops at this year’s Met. She attended as an interviewer to the stars, on behalf of Vogue. That didn’t stop her from looking as magnificent as the guests on the red carpet – in fact, if you ask us, she outshone most of them! Emma chose a burnt orange-coloured smokey eye. A gold layer of almost foil-like glitter was added on top. This really made her blue eyes stand out and matched her outfit totally. It was really nice to see such vibrant eyeshadow tones used for someone who has light-coloured eyes. She also opted for a more natural brow look. We think she’s used a lamination gel and maybe a light shade of product.

We recommend the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette if you’re looking to recreate a similar, sparkly and smokey eyeshadow look. 

Met Gala Makeup Musts 2022

Kiki Layne (Met Gala 2022)


Actress Kiki Layne had possibly the most beautiful mix of pink clothes, accessories, and makeup we’ve ever seen! Whilst we don’t personally think her outfit was on theme this year, we can’t help but admire it just the same. Her makeup displayed ‘soft glamour’. Her foundation and contour was subtle, but her strong use of blush beautifully accented her high cheekbones. Ultimately, it was her eye makeup that stole the show. Her eyelids featured flower petals from her dress, matching colours perfectly. We think this is such a brilliant and unique way of expressing your style through eye makeup. Rather than the typical eyeshadow, her choice to have physical pieces of her dress was nothing less than brilliant. 

We recommend Rimmel London’s 3-Shade Contour Palette if you want to pull off her brilliant contour and blush look.

Met Gala Makeup Musts 2022

Gigi Hadid (Met Gala 2022)

Model Gigi Hadid rocked red on the red carpet! Her bold, blood red lip was something you couldn’t miss. Most makeup artists would agree that a strong red lip is always in style. Interestingly, Gigi’s makeup artists opted to use only Maybelline products. This makes her makeup look extremely affordable. Her makeup on the evening featured a stand-out ombre two-toned lip, whilst her skin was quite natural looking with some light contouring. This helped her red lip stand out.  

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The Met Gala has some of the biggest names in the media attending yearly. It’s always an exciting time when the theme is revealed and you then see the celebrities interpretation of this shown in their fashion and makeup. Personally, we like to look at which celebrities are on-theme and which have gone way off track. The best laughs can be found on Twitter, where you can follow the live-tweets of the night and hear everyone’s opinions on all the styles and makeup looks.

Fast Facts

  1. The Met Gala is always held on the first Monday of May.
  2. The Met Gala is held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.
  3. The red carpet begins at 7pm.
  4. Attendees have the opportunity to see the exhibit before it’s open to the public.
  5. All married couples in attendance are separated in the seating plan to encourage more mingling.
  6. The Met Gala is recorded to have raised over $145 million for the Costume Institute since 1995.
  7. In 2015, inside the Met, there was a vase made of roses – which weighed 12,500 pounds!
  8. No smoking is allowed, however, it became a trend amongst celebrities to sneak a smoke and post it to social media. This caused a photo of celebrities smoking in the Met bathroom to go viral online. Since this happened, the event organisers have hired more security to ensure no smoking occurs on the premises.
  9. Attendees are advised not to post anything from inside the Met on their social media.
  10. Anna Wintour is notoriously known for being extremely strict with her guest-list. Many celebrities (such as the Kardashians) were denied attendance – even when they offered to pay a lot of money for tickets. More recently, however, Wintour has allowed more celebrities to attend – as can be seen by the Kardashian-clan taking to the red carpet every year.