The Met Ball, fashion’s equivalent of the Oscars, was held last night in New York.  Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t disappoint; she looked absolutely stunning.  Read on for the details on Gwyneth’s hair and makeup…

Makeup artist Emma Lovell drew inspiration from the dramatic Prada dress and her tight chignon when devising the star’s luminous look. “We focused on the eyes with a smoky, taupe-y 60s eye,” says the London-based Lovell. “It’s a modern take on Twiggy, a little more dramatic than Gwyneth’s typical natural look, and with a focus on gorgeous, glowing skin.”

Emma primed the skin using the new Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, which infuses the complexion with 28 skin-softening ingredients as it prepares it for makeup. “I always aim to create radiant skin,” she says, “and No. 28 ensures a brilliant canvas.” She then followed with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in No. 2 shade for a dewy complexion.

“Gwyneth was just in Mexico and got a little color so I wanted to highlight that,” she says.  To do that, Emma applied Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset. “I used the bronze shade on the top of the cheekbones, underneath the cheekbones and on the temples—anywhere the sun would naturally hit.” She then used the blush shade on the apples of the cheeks and blended the two.

Emma started by filling in the brows with MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling. She then used the taupe shade from the Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Shadow Palette all over the socket and underneath the eyes, followed by Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony. “Start from the center of the eye lid and draw outwards,” she says. After curling the lashes she applied multiple coats of Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, focusing on the center of the lashes. “You’re aiming for a rounded effect—more Bambi-like than cat-eye,” she says. For extra drama, she finished the eyes with a coat of Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer.

Emma used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Fable, a light pink beige. She finished up by blending two shades of Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss and applying it over the lipstick. “I wanted a vintage-y pink lip so I combined the Lush and Child shades,” she says.

Hairstylist Giannandrea created Gwyneth’s chic updo. “In order to create this very pure clean and tight bun, I started by parting the hair in the very middle very sharp, and I blow dried the hair very straight and then flat ironed it to give an ultimate flatness. I used Kerastase Ultime Oil to give the shine and cleanliness that I needed and wanted. The tightness is extremely important in this particular hairstyle as it really enhance the features of the face.”

Giannandrea then smoothly brushed the hair against the scalp downward on the sides and the backward toward the nape and secure it in a hair band in a low pony tail. The pony tail was twisted using a bit of oil to give it extreme shine. “I kept twisting until it wound on its own, and I secured it by using long straight blonde pins.  The ends of the hair were purposely left out to give a sense a effortless modernity.  I finished with a bit of hairspray against humidity.”

I think Gwyneth just keeps upping her game and looking better and more fabulous. What an inspiration!  Did you have a favorite look from last night’s Met Ball? Let me know in the comments!

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