But the preparation of Met Gala begins way before the industry’s biggest stars take to the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the first Monday in May to show their support for the Costume Institute’s annual benefit. The top names in fashion, film, music and more spend months working with leading fashion houses on their bespoke red carpet looks. Then comes all the beauty prep.
This year, guests are invited to interpret a “Gilded Glamour” white-tie dress code. Channeling the time period between 1870 and 1890, the event “will prompt attendees to embody the grandeur — and perhaps the dichotomy — of Gilded Age New York,” it said. Fashion†
The 2022 Met Gala theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which serves as part two of last year’s “A Lexicon of Fashion” and pays tribute to the diversity of American fashion. The official exhibit will be on view in 13 of the American period rooms in the historic museum from May 7 to September 5.
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And in addition to the high-fashion parade of outfits at the Met Gala, there are super glamorous beauty moments. Watch stars prepare for their Met carpet close-ups below.
She’s got the glow! Gabrielle Union stopped by the pop-up of London brand 111Skin’s NYC for a carpet facial using the brand’s best-selling products, including the Y Theorem Bio Cellulose Face Mask, which supports a “brighter, plumper and calmer complexion.” .
“Fresh off my @111skin facial and I’m feeling great,” the Cheaper per dozen star captioned a makeup free, smiling selfie on her Instagram story Sunday, showing off her gorgeous complexion.
Other products that the 111Skin professionals use to prepare attendees for the Met Gala include the Y Theorem Repair Serum and Y Theorem Day Cream, both created by 111Skin founder, plastic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, who developed the “hero ingredient” NAC Y2. he originally created it to aid in the treatment of trauma and scarring after surgery. The compound reduced redness and soothed irritated skin so well that it was later perfected and incorporated into a range of everyday products that promote the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for a more youthful complexion.
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Actress Lily James visited skincare guru Joanna Czech for her pre-Met Gala glow-up.
Czech shared a behind-the-scenes look at James’ cryo-facial using Clé De Peau Beauté’s Intensive Brightening Face Masks, a key celebrity prep product before red carpet events.
The esthetician added that she “loved” the Pam & Tommy star for the event.
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Mindy Kaling seems to be taking matters into her own hands with an at-home red light facial, but she made sure to tag her esthetician, the celebrity-acclaimed Joanna Vargas.
The multi-hyphenate star also posted a photo of Vargas’ studio space, so she could do some double duty with treatments in the office and at home.
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Laura Harrier arranged to host a session with renowned celebrity facialist Iván Pol of The Beauty Sandwich, who is known for his non-invasive radio frequency based techniques and also works with celebrities such as Zoë Kravitz and Karlie Kloss.
In an interview with W Last year Pol talked about his approach and what the method of The Beauty Sandwich entails.
“I’d say sculpted skin, not glowing skin, is the goal,” he told W† “My method does not change depending on the time of day. Remember that Beauty Sandwich is not a traditional facial with extractions or masks, etc. It is a high-tech skin care method that I have developed to improve facial features, tighten and tone the skin. help with wrinkle reduction.”
And his customers certainly show the love.
“Obsessed with you,” Harrier wrote on an Instagram story dedicated to Pol and her glowing complexion.
The actress also proved that she’s all about balance, ordering some chicken fingers and fries from room service and writing the photo “With prep.”
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Miranda Kerr, another Beauty Sandwich devotee, posted a photo of her radio-frequency facial with Pol on Instagram, also tagging Chanel Beauty who collaborated with the facialist at his pop-up pre-Met skincare store.
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But because one facial is never enough, Kerr next stopped at famed esthetician Ildi Pekar’s wellness studio in NYC for a little more detox.
“Can’t get enough of it,” the founder of Kora Organics shared on her Instagram story.
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And then Kerr finished her pre-carpet glowathon with a Reiki facial by renowned skin care specialist Nurse Nousha. Yes, that’s three, count them, three red carpet facials in 24 hours.
Actress Ariana DeBose gears up for the Met Gala in style!
The West Side Story star shared a photo of a luxurious Moschino bathrobe on her Instagram story, writing, “A moment in the making for quite some time.”
DeBose also posted a photo of her hotel bathtub and wrote “the calm before the storm,” tagging the Italian fashion house.
Ahead of the festivities, model Winnie Harlow treated herself from head to toe.
The founder of Cay Skin visited the Vanessa Marc Spa to enjoy a pink custom mask (applied to her face) and an enzyme mask (applied to the décolleté).
“LOL I look like I’m getting a mold on my face,” she captioned a selfie of her in the “hilarious” mask on her Instagram story.
She also received laser hair removal treatment. In a video shared to her Instagram story, Harlow is seen laughing and puffing as she went through the process. “I’m a punk when it comes to laser hair removal,” she joked.
For her pre-event facial, Riverdale star Camila Mendes visited famous beautician Tracie Martyn.
The actress posted a selfie on her Instagram story where she received her facial in the Ruby Ray light bed. A relaxing emoji summed up her mood.
The esthetician later posted a photo of Mendes who wrote after the treatment, “That glow and ripped face after the Red Carpet Facial.”
After spending a day out in New York City with fiancé Travis Barker, Kourtney Kardashian got her glow on.
The founder of Poosh took to her Instagram stories to share her pre-Met Gala skincare routine. The video shows Kardashian relaxing as esthetician Joanna Czech spritzes toner on her face. “Facials with @joannaczechofficial make me happy,” Kardahsian captioned the story.
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Irina Shayk achieved her Met Gala glow with the help of esthetician Mimi Luzon, who is known for her golden facials.
The model shared a photo of Luzon on her Instagram story and wrote “My golden girl.”