The Met Gala 2022 may be over, but the buzz around the red carpet’s definitive trendsetting is just getting started.  

Ethereal Wave

There’s much to unpack on the beauty front, where through lines in hair and makeup instantly began to take shape.  

Of course, there were beauty strategies that winked at the In America: An Anthology of Fashion theme. See: gilded gazes, directional (and referential!) hairdos, and 19th-century worthy accessory moments.  

Then we saw those boundary-pushing elements, such as bleached brows and dark crimson lip colors that subverted classic red, and magnificent, museum-worthy manicures beyond our wildest imagination. 

Here, a look at 8 of the most striking beauty trends that emerged on the Met Gala 2022 red carpet. 

The Met Gala 2022 may be over, but the buzz around the red carpet’s definitive trendsetting is just getting started.  

Gleaming Accessorie

Cascading curls were out in full force, evoking a certain Pre-Raphaelite softness.  

Honorable mentions go out to Kaia Gerber, who looked like Lady Godiva with her starry diamante barrette-accented hip-skimming waves, 

and Olivia Rodrigo who decorated lush, lived-in waves with a special set of lilac butterflies designed by Jennifer Behr and Betsey Johnson. 

and Olivia Rodrigo who decorated lush, lived-in waves with a special set of lilac butterflies designed by Jennifer Behr and Betsey Johnson. 

From Blake Lively’s Lady Liberty-inspired design to Tommy Dorfman’s vintage Gilded Age tiara, many stars topped off their looks with a regal crown accessory. 

Ornamental Nail Art

But the embellishment didn’t end there. Sparking details were seen everywhere from Naomi Campbell’s bold face jewelry to Lucy Boynton’s diamante-studded false lashes. 

The gilded theme certainly extended all the way to the fingertips with a dazzling array of manicures that ran the gamut from Lizzo’s mesmerizing jet-black corkscrew nails to resident nail queen Cynthia Erivo’s aureate charm-encrusted claws, which featured dizzying levels of detail.