Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss getting ready for the Met Ball

1. Best for… Decadent drama


Queen Bey never disappoints at A-list events, and this year’s Met Ball is no exception. Her black beaded Givenchy gown is screaming out for dramatic make-up, and Beyonce obliges with a deep red lip and slicked back hair. And the cherry on top? The sheer studded veil. We love.

InStyle tip: If you go for a dark lip, follow Beyonce’s lead and steer clear of colour on your eyes to avoid make-up overkill. A slick of black mascara is all you need. We love Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara (£19.50, feelunique.com).


2. Best for… Girlie glamour

Reese Witherspoon

Matching your lipstick to your fuchsia Stella McCartney dress shouldn’t work, but in Reese’s case, it does. The key is in keeping the rest of the look simple and elegant; perfectly buffed skin and 1930s-inspired hair let the lip take centre stage.

InStyle tip: A fuchsia lip will bring out red and pink tones on your face, so be careful to properly conceal any blemishes and under eye bags before you apply. Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49, feelunique.com) will completely cover any imperfections, and lasts all day.


3. Best for … Retro cool

Taylor Swift

Taylor gets it spot on with her pillarbox red lip, winged eye and side swept wavy long bob, reminiscent of a 1930s Hollywood starlet.

InStyle tip: For the ultimate retro ’do, take a tip from Taylor and draw your hair into a deep side parting. Tucking one side of your hair behind your ear adds to the retro feel, and of course gives you the perfect opportunity to display a huge sparkly earring!

4. Best for… Natural Beauty

Georgia May Jagger

Only a model with a rock star dad and actress mum could turn up to the Met Ball looking like she just rolled out of bed. With relaxed beachy waves and au naturel make-up, Georgia May looked the epitome of cool, understated chic.

InStyle tip: Perfect skin is key for an understated look. After you apply foundation, finish with a dusting of translucent powder to give skin a ‘soft focus’ finish. We love Shu Uemura’s Sheer Face Powder (£26.50, shuuemura.com).

5. Best for… Modern sleek

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Rosie reflects the tough feel of her Balmain dress in her perfectly straight glossy hair in strict centre parting. Tucked behind her shoulders, it allows those huge gold earrings to soak up all the attention.

InStyle tip: This look works because Rosie’s hair is ultra glossy. So, before you straighten your hair, apply a heat protector to protect it from damage, and after straightening, finish with a little serum to up the shine factor.

6. Best for… Riotous fun

Lupita Nyong’o

When you’re wearing an emerald green feathered, beaded Prada dress, your beauty look has got to be pretty special. Lupita gets it spot on with a sweep of purple shimmering eye shadow and a stunning green headband.

InStyle tip: If you wear a bold colour on your eyelids, first line the entire inner rim of your eye with black kohl to help define the shape. Try Mac’s cult classic Eye Kohl in Smolder (£14, johnlewis.com).

7. Best for… Quirky style

Nicole Richie

Nicole’s got to be the only celeb who turned up to the most glamorous event of 2014 with pastel purple hair, and we love her for it. Swept into a messy updo, it looked perfect next to her daring Donna Karan Atelier blackless velvet dress.

InStyle tip: If you’re brave enough to experiment with a bold hair colour like Nicole’s, don’t DIY - book in with a professional. A hair colourist will be able to tell you which shades will suit your skin tone, and which won’t, and will better be able to achieve your ideal colour with minimal damage to your hair.

8. Best for… Simple elegance

Anne Hathaway

Anne reflected the simplicity of her Calvin Klein ensemble in her flawless make-up; perfectly arched brows, heavily mascara’d lashes and a red glossy lip.

InStyle tip: Anne’s dramatic Vhernier earrings perfectly complement her delicate make-up. Don’t have the budget of an A-lister? Try these alternatives from asos for a bit of Hollywood sparkle at a fraction of the price.

By Jessica Tibbits

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