9 Avant-Garde Beauty Trends at the Met Gala

by Kristen Heinzinger

This year’s Met Gala was a chance for guests to embrace their most avant-garde selves, and while some disappointed on the fashion front, there were a few winners when it came to the beauty looks. Below are some of our top picks in sticking to the Comme des Garçons theme.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Jaden Smith attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

JADEN SMITH
Does avant-garde hair get any more literal than carrying your recently chopped locks in your hands? Smith toted them around last night like a prized possession, and gave a shout-out to his hairstylist, dad Will Smith.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Lily Collins attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

LILY COLLINS
Collins’ dark and blunt bob brings to mind femme fatales of film noir, and was a little bit Black Dahlia, if you will. The cut plus the oxblood red lip and the piecey, heavily coated lashes edged up her pink tulle and bejeweled-belted Giambattista Valli dress.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Rihanna attends “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

RIHANNA
Bad Gal RiRi was looking saccharine sweet on the makeup front, with a bright pink and unicorn-like pink highlighter on her cheeks and eyes. Rumors are swirling that she’s teasing products from her soon-to-come makeup line for Fenty. TBD!

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Lily Aldridge attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

LILY ALDRIDGE
Aldridge’s modern center-parted pony by Moroccanoil incorporated the pink tulle that draped across her face, amping up the edge factor.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Janelle Monae attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

JANELLE MONAE
Monae has become famous for accessorizing her hairstyles, thanks to Nikki Nelms. For the Met Gala, she peppered in jeweled flowers, and styled her hair in such a way that it blended seamlessly with the high-neck feathered collar.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Gigi Hadid attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

GIGI HADID
Avant-garde trickled upward from Gigi’s Tommy Hilfiger dress to her “whisper” eyeliner and brows. Maybelline New York makeup artist Erin Parsons used Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner and Brow Precise Volumizer in Blond for the look.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Sofia Sanchez de Betak attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

SOFIA SANCHES DE BETAK
We can only imagine how long it took to finish this braid, but chances are it was fishtail woven from hairpieces and attached to de Betak’s real locks later on. Between the ‘do and her sharply dark-lined eyes and a dot of blue eyeshadow, this look fully embraces the Comme des Garçons vibe.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Taylor Hill attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

TAYLOR HILL
Hill looked devilishly haute with smoky burgundy shadow by L’Oréal Paris that encircled both eyes, a look straight from the Comme des Garçons runway. It was brightened up with highlighter along her cheekbones, a trend that is permeating nearly every red carpet this year.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: Celine Dion attends the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

CELINE DION
This was Celine’s first Met Gala, and she wasn’t about to miss the chance to embrace the theme. “She really wanted to pay homage to Rei Kawakubo,” said her hairstylist, Brent Lawler. “We played off her super dark hair and created a structured look that was a bit like a headpiece. She’s an artist and is very hands on, so she was very involved in the process.” As for how she got her strands to spike upward and stay that way? A medley of Alterna Haircare hairsprays and finishers.

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