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The Best Beauty and Hair Looks From Past Met Galas

Reminiscing over past beauty and hair moments from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and more.

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It’s the first Monday in May, and admittedly, there’s only one thing everyone in the beauty and fashion spaces is looking forward to: The 2022 Met Gala.

Making a triumphant return last year with the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” it’s safe to say there will be many thought-provoking hair and makeup moments this year, with the 2022 theme being “Gilded Glamour.” From past Met Galas, we’ve seen updos complemented with expensive jewels, trend-setting manicures, dramatic tributes to the beauty trends of iconic years such as the ’70s and ’80s, and even makeup looks inspired by medieval times. As one of the most anticipated events in fashion history, the Met Gala turns out some of the most out-of-the-box beauty looks.

To prepare you for what’s to come this evening, keep reading for some of our favorite hair and makeup looks from previous Met Galas.

Miley Cyrus 2013 Met Gala

Spiked hair, bold red lip

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Beyoncé 2015 Met Gala

High honey blonde side-ponytail

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Lupita Nyong’o 2016 Met Gala

Extended Afro-puff sculptured ponytail

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Rihanna 2017 Met Gala

Elaborate fuschia high cheekbone blush

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Kim Kardashian 2018 Met Gala

Signature smokey eye, with chic and sleek high-low hair

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Tessa Thompson 2018 Met Gala

Sculptured sleek bun tiers

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Solange 2018 Met Gala

Crowned durag

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Sarah Jessica Parker 2018 Met Gala

Crowned jeweled headpiece

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Barbie Ferreira 2021 Met Gala

Honey blonde hair with pearl adornment

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