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5 hair and beauty trends from the 2022 Met Gala – and how to recreate them

Known worldwide as the ‘Oscars of fashion’, the annual Met Gala has A-listers, designers and the celebrity-obsessed alike marking their diaries for the first Monday in May. And while we naturally have our sights set on the showstopping outfits and accessories, we’re equally enamoured with the statement-making beauty looks ascending the hallowed staircase of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Below, five trends from the 2022 Met Gala that we’re ready, willing and able to recreate!

BLEACHED BROWS

For the naturally blonde and auburn-haired, who have (for the better part of the past decade) tinted, filled and styled their brows to keep up the Delevingne status quo, it might just be your time to shine. This year, Precious Lee (left), Maisie Williams and Kendall Jenner stepped onto the Met Gala steps with their brows translucent at most. While the gala’s theme set us back to the late 1800s, bleached brows – as seen on the red carpet – were notably a trend of the Elizabethan era, where a high, wide, bare forehead was the beauty standard of the time. Considering the fact that anything Jenner does, we all do, it won’t come as a shock should we begin to see fair, platinum, or totally shaved brows slip into the mainstream. For a non-committal way to embrace the trend, sweep a blonde tinted brow gel though your arches, or, for a more platinum effect, reach for some concealer and a spoolie!

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RENAISSANCE HAIR

Dust off your extensions and get your curling tongs warmed up, because long, voluminous, wavy hair is back! Kaia Gerber stole the show, accessorising her silver mesh dress with Lady Godiva-esque waist-length ringlets, while Sophie Turner looked to have stepped straight out of a pre-Raphaelite painting with her auburn waves. Meanwhile, singer Olivia Rodrigo’s (right) crowning glory was undoubtedly her loosely curled locks, delicately accessorised with very Y2K butterflies. What did all three have in common? An on-trend centre parting and a smoothed top section.

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DREAMY SKIN FOR MEN

While many a man on the Met’s steps brought the bare minimum with a black suit, a handful stepped up to the beauty plate with a noticeably creamy, dreamy, not-matte-but-not-dewy complexion. Stormzy (left), Thomas Doherty, Austin Butler, Giveon and Bradley Cooper were prime examples, sporting skin that beamed of a multi-step skincare routine (and regular water consumption), finished with a touch of concealer or a ‘second-skin’ tint that imparted them with a healthy glow. Think: skin that looks so good, you can safely assume they smell phenomenal too. A spritz of Santal 33, perhaps?

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DARK WINE LIPS

Deliciously deep, cool-toned hues of burgundy through to black cherry abounded on this year’s Met Gala red carpet. Keen to embrace the trend we’re predicting will be on everyone’s lips this winter? You have an abundance of inspiration. Make like Euphoria’s Maude Apatow (right) and contrast creamy skin, subtle blush and minimalist eyes with a rich, defined burgundy lip for a vampy 1920s siren look, or for the truly bold, go ‘full Julia Fox’ like supermodel Karlie Kloss (read: graphic black shadow and lips). Alternatively, Lizzo’s wearable, soft-glam take is the perfect elegant introduction to dark lips.

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PLATINUM HAIR

There’s nothing like an A-list hair transformation to convince us now is definitely the best time to go back to blonde – or for the already flaxen-haired, even blonder. Leading the charge? Kim Kardashian, who switched back from her signature black to platinum as part of her Met Gala homage to the ultimate blonde herself, Marilyn Monroe. After a flirtation with brunette, Gigi Hadid returned to her roots with a sleek bright blonde look, while Gen Z star Emma Chamberlain (left) was ultra-chic in a sharp platinum bob. Before you take the plunge, make sure to prepare your hair appropriately with every blonde’s BFFs: bond-building haircare, nourishing treatments and toning shampoo (bye-bye, brassiness!).

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