The Drugstore Beauty Products Celebrities Actually Wore To The Met Gala

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Given the medieval history of its subject matter, the red carpet for this year's Met Gala theme — “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” — was always going to be an ode to opulence. While some stars missed the religious memo, most came dressed to impress — and gave Pope Francis a run for his money in the process.
But just because the majority of the attendees showed up dripping in ornate, painstakingly handcrafted custom couture and Lorraine Schwartz diamonds with price tags that would make Abraham do a double take doesn't mean Hollywood's biggest stars didn't leave room for some drugstore beauty. Ahead, check out every famous face who wore drugstore beauty to worship at the church of fashion last night.
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Evan Rachel Wood

With head-to-toe gold the look of the evening, hairstylist John D. knew Wood's hair had to be simple and chic as to not overshadow her hand-beaded feathers.
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The trick to keeping her low bun in place all night: an extra-hold spray that leaves the hair soft, not crunchy.
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Kerry Washington

Inspired by the Renaissance, makeup artist Carola Gonzalez stuck to earth-toned colors and copper-leaf details for Washington's fresh-faced makeup.
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"For me, we look most beautiful when we feel most beautiful," Washington explained when her collection with Neutrogena first launched. "And that's not to say it doesn't help to have some tools in your toolkit." Naturally, her toolkit for the glitzy night included this neutral shadow palette.
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Amanda Seyfried

If you're feeling like Seyfried is the modern day Juliet Capulet, then you're not totally wrong. Makeup artist Katey Denno was inspired by the Shakespearean classic and the actress' Prada gown when she created this look.
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After witnessing Seyfried's glow last night, it's hard to not think she's an archangel. You can get on her level by sporting the same lippie: This balm-y option from Burt's Bees is brand new and already at the top of our shopping list this summer.

Burt’s Bees Liquid Lipstick in Blush Brook, $10, available in May at Burt's Bees.
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Kylie Jenner

The only thing cooler — but slightly more practical — than wearing chainmail-covered sunglasses indoors? A lazy-girl updo created by hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons.
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Fitzsimons opted for this texture spray — which, while not technically a drugstore product, still retails for under $20 —that uses sugar to add grit to Kylie's face-framing pieces. The sugar allows for a messy, natural style without looking sticky and stiff.
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Olivia Munn

Munn was one of a few stars who opted for an all-gold-everything ensemble, which obviously extended straight to her nails. Nail artist Tracylee explains that the art was inspired by the type of body armor you might've seen in the Crusades.
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To add some detail to the monochromatic look, Tracylee suggested two different designs to Munn: mixed studs and a blend of stripes and crosses. She used this metallic hue to create the gold crosses on Munn's ring fingers.
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Lili Reinhart

Reinhart's look — like Munn's — was inspired by armor. To complement her silver organza dress, makeup artist Adam Breuchaud kept the Riverdale star's look as natural as possible, with the exception of silver eyeshadow.
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“We wanted the makeup to reflect the soft strength of her gown, playing up the metallic tones with this dramatic eye," Breuchaud explains. That meant adding a silver cream pigment all over Reinhart's lid and deepening the chrome features with this metallic shadow.
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Blake Lively

Lively's show-stopping appearance at this year's Met Gala certainly put her in the running for being named next year's co-host. But before we start thinking about 2019, let's pause to appreciate her monochromatic makeup.
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Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle opted for this drugstore classic in a rosy hue before dotting a matte liquid lip color over top to create a stained effect Twitter can't stop talking about.
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Deepika Padukone

"We wanted to create a sexy look while keeping Deepika's hair off her face," hairstylist Harry Josh explains. If mermaids weren't religious before, Josh just made them holier than thou with these back grazing, wet waves.
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After layering a strong-old gel into Padukone's hair, Josh smoothed a $7 oil treatment from root to tip for a ton of shine.
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Like Joan of Arc, Zendaya was not messing around at the Met Gala, and thanks to hairstylist Ursula Stephen, her rusty bob stole the show.
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To offset the chainmail-inspired Versace gown, Stephen kept Zendaya's curls soft and damp by scrunching a liberal amount of mousse through her ends.
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Tiffany Haddish

Upon hearing the theme of the night, makeup artist Dionne Wynn thought "virgin skin." Thus explains Haddish's fresh-faced, au naturale look.
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Wynn used this bronze illuminating stick to bring out some of Haddish's key features, like her striking cheekbones.
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Alicia Vikander

Vikander's gown was one of the more delicate options on the carpet, which is exactly why hairstylist Chris Naselli wanted to turn up her look with a playful braid in the back.
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Creating a loose braid means adding tons of texturizing balm for hold. Naselli used this thickening formula from Vikander's roots to mid-shaft before blow-drying her hair for a gritty finish.
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Issa Rae

It's rare not to find Rae glistening on the red carpet — and thanks to makeup artist Joanna Simkin, the Met Gala was no exception.
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The goal? Make Rae look like she just fell from heaven. Luckily, the rich shades in this palette did just that...

CoverGirl truNaked Scented Eyeshadow Palette in Chocoholic, $9.99, available in June at mass retailers.
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Mindy Kaling

Pulling inspo from '50s Monte Carlo — with a subtle nod to Grace Kelly — hairstylist Marc Mena kept Kaling's bun royal and classic.
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The secret weapon behind this look was none other than simple dry shampoo. In fact, Mena misted Kaling's hair twice while styling just to be sure that the pins holding her crown in place didn't dare budge.
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Janelle Monáe

Forgive me Father for I have not stopped thinking about Monáe's body glow for hours.
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Makeup artist Jessica Smalls opted for a natural glow à la cocoa butter for Monáe's all-over shimmer. Smalls reports that this body butter is the perfect alternative to actual highlighter because it won't stain or smudge white clothing.
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Greta Gerwig

"The gown was stark and we wanted the hair and makeup to reflect that simplicity," hairstylist John D. says of Gerwig's simple bob and headband combination.
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With the addition of the Tiffany & Co. headband (it's actually a necklace!), John D. decided that a few face-framing layers should be left in front of the accessory. To make sure the shape didn't fall loose before Gerwig hit the carpet, he used a flexible finishing spray right before drying.
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Adwoa Aboah

The only way to balance the intensity of Aboah's green hair is to draw on a devilish cat-eye. “I invented this look based on the unique, grungy character she wanted to play," makeup artist Celia Burton recalls. "I wanted to play off her edgy green hair with a sharp and dramatic winged eye that looks absolutely fierce.”
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Who knew all it took was a waterproof liner to get the job done? Take a page out of Burton's book and use some Scotch tape to get the line as precise as possible. Then, smudge this liquid liner on the outer corners to add some edge.
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Priyanka Chopra

Worshipping Chopra's beaded hood is even better when it's worn over delicate finger waves.
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With only about 10% of Chopra's hair on display, hairstylist Bok-Hee knew the bangs had to be very special. That meant smoothing a glossy cream through each strand, combing with her fingers, then spritzing on a hairspray to keep each piece in place.
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If there's any night to be extra — and double up on the highlighter – it's the Met Gala. Avendaño did just that with the four shades in this palette.
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Jourdan Dunn

Makeup artist Renee Garnes describes Dunn's makeup look as striking from afar, but soft and simple up close.
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Garnes used not one, not two, but three highlighters. She layered Molton Gold underneath the brand's Molten Rose, then added a pop of purple for even more definition.
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Gigi Hadid

With a gown mimicking stained-glass windows, it's no wonder Hadid's makeup was just as rich with color. Spoiler: Makeup artist Patrick Ta's two-toned smoky eye creation will be the trend to copy this summer.
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This palette is loaded with colors worth trying, but it's Grape Pop (purple) and Blue Raspberry (navy blue) that made Hadid's lids worth noticing.

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette, $13.99, available in September 2018 at mass retailers.
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Jennifer Lopez

The bigger the hair, the closer to... J.Lo. Luckily, Lorenzo Martin took the body portion of "Heavenly Bodies" literally in the most tasteful way possible with just enough volume for this slicked-back look.
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The secret is mousse — and a lot of it. This adds the kind of realistic volume that left Lopez looking sexy, but still sleek.
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Lily Collins

As Givenchy's chic nun for the night, Collins did not disappoint. And somehow that red tear and starburst crown did not distract from her dominatrix braid.
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The best part about this look is the glossy sheen covering Collins' head. To make this as picturesque as possible, hairstylist Gregory Russell prepped the actress' hair with a leave-in conditioner for a base shine, then added a healthy amount of this foaming treatment for the wet finish.
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Imaan Hammam

“Colors can be a connection to a particular event or celebration, and in some cases, the color red symbolizes both passion and fire," explains makeup artist Porsche Cooper. "Imaan is a very strong and fiery woman; the boldness of her black gown with her fierce red lip clearly represents that tonight.”
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Her perfect red hue is none other than this $10 liquid lipstick.
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Salma Hayek

While most celebs stuck to a neutral — or stark red — palette last night, Hayek stood out with her gemstone gown.
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To make the stand-out colors pop even more, nail artist Casey Herman painted Hayek's nails with this sapphire, sparkling polish.
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Yara Shahidi

Hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson and Shahidi had one collaborative goal for the night: celebrate texture. How else to do that than a 60-inch ponytail?
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To enhance Shahidi's natural curl, Johnson saturated three sections of the actress' hair with a wave-enhancing foam before securing it into the updo.

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