The Met Gala 2022 may be over, but the buzz around the red carpet’s definitive trendsetting is just getting started. There’s much to unpack on the beauty front, where through lines in hair and makeup instantly began to take shape. Of course, there were beauty strategies that winked at the In America: An Anthology of Fashion theme. See: gilded gazes, directional (and referential!) hairdos, and 19th-century worthy accessory moments. Then we saw like-minded, boundary-pushing elements, such as bleached brows and dark crimson lip colors that subverted classic red, and magnificent, museum-worthy manicures beyond our wildest imagination. Here, a look at 8 of the most striking beauty trends that emerged on the Met Gala 2022 red carpet.
Cascading curls were out in full force, evoking a certain Pre-Raphaelite softness. Honorable mentions go out to Kaia Gerber, who looked like Lady Godiva with her starry diamante barrette-accented hip-skimming waves, and Olivia Rodrigo who decorated lush, lived-in waves with a special set of lilac butterflies designed by Jennifer Behr and Betsey Johnson.