9 Amazing Drugstore Products Celebs Wore on the Met Gala Red Carpet
Every year since 1959, the first Monday of May means one thing and one thing only to devout beauty and fashion lovers worldwide: the Met Gala. And last night's show (themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination) did not disappoint. In fact, it delivered on all the fronts we've come to expect from the even: wigs, hairpieces, carpet-long trains, and yes, an overall air of opulence. Which, one might assume, doesn't leave much room for budget-friendly beauty from the likes of the local drugstore. But that's where they'd be wrong.
Contrary to the extravagant luxuriousness of what went down on the Met Gala red carpet fashion-wise last night, the majority of what many attendees wore on their faces and in their hair turned out to be much less unsettling to our bank accounts. And from start to finish, many of the beauty looks were completely affordable and featured some of our favourite brands and products hailing from the drugstore. Curious to see which looks you can re-create post–Priceline run? Keep reading for nine of the best drugstore beauty looks (and products) from the 2018 Met Gala.
We don't know about you, but we were almost as spellbound by the impeccable shine of Lily Collins's strands as we were by the style itself. Celebrity stylist Gregory Russell achieved the gleaming look by prepping (and later saturating and braiding) Collins's hair with this miraculous leave-in conditioner spray.
Marc Anthony True Professional Strengthening Grow Long Leave-In Conditioner ($19)
It was unequivocally important for Kaling's royal-inspired hairstyle to remain in place and polished. To prep her crown for backcombing and an extra hit of durability, celebrity hairstylist Marc Mena used this Byrdie HQ favourite dry shampoo.
"The look is inspired by 1950s Monte Carlo with a nod to Grace Kelly royalty. We wanted Mindy to be the belle of the ball, and I think we achieved that with this opulent yet classic look," he says.
It's true. For under $5, you can have Monáe's covetable glow all for yourself.
"Once Janelle’s face was complete, I put my love and focus on her body by massaging her skin with Vaseline's Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter ($3) made with healing Vaseline jelly for a hydrated glow," makeup artist Jessica Smalls tells us.
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter ($14)
Aboah's bold graphic eye was by far one of the most head-turning of the night. And to be honest, we never would have guessed makeup artist Celia Burton used a drugstore formula to create it. Using scotch tape to create sharp lines from the lower lash line up to brow bone, we learned Burton used this affordable eyeliner "to create an edgy cat-eye shape to emphasise Adwoa's eyes."
After shampooing, conditioning, and applying gel, celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh saturated Padukone's flowing mane with this luxe, albeit affordable, oil from the drugstore, which features camellia and sunflower.
Hammam had one of the most striking red lips on the carpet at the 2018 Met Gala, and it's all thanks to this budget-friendly matte lip colour from Revlon.
We're always in awe of Ashley Graham's perpetually flawless complexion, and we may have just discovered her number one secret: this face-perfecting priming formula from Revlon.
Maybelline New York Spokesmodel Gigi Hadid walked the Met Gala red carpet with an aura around her—an aura we blame on her luminous makeup look courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta. Though the model was wearing a never-before-seen eye shadow palette, Maybelline's Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette (sorry, it doesn't launch until September!), Ta also doused her cheeks with this drugstore find, which is 100% up for grabs (thank goodness).
Taking a theatrical cue from Lucrezia Borgia, Romeo's Juliet, and her showstopping Prada gown, makeup artist Katey Denno used this new lip scrub from drugstore favourite brand Burt's Bees to "exfoliate, prime, and prep her lips" before applying lipstick.