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Met Gala 2018: The Best Red Carpet Beauty

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While the red carpets of awards season tend, beauty-wise, to be tasteful to the point of homogeneity (a burnished smokey eye here, a dusty pink lip there, with the occasional flash of scarlet or graphic liner to add a smattering of excitement), the Met Gala couldn’t be more divergent in its beauty ethos. On the first Monday in May, anything goes when it comes to your hair, make-up and costume, whether that’s Cara Delevingne offsetting a freshly dyed pink pixie crop (she had to top last year’s shimmering silver buzz cut, after all) with yellow eyeshadow and a medieval headdress, Zendaya’s new red crop or Rihanna dressing up as an actual Pope, complete with Maison Margiela mitre. Whatever the theme, it always makes for a marvellously eclectic best dressed list - and an equally exciting beauty line-up.

For this year's event, themed around Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, our favourite looks seemed to nod to the dress code with extravagant, often bejewelled hair accessories, while keeping things a little more low key on the make-up front, often cohering around a statement lip or eye colour (but never both). Balance, it seems, is the secret to a striking Met Gala beauty moment...

See some of our favourite Met Gala beauty looks in the gallery below...