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This Is How the Fanning Sisters' Makeup Artist Interpreted the Met Gala Theme

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Elle and Dakota Fanning

Manus x Machina came into play for Dakota and Elle's beauty looks.

At the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday night, there was nothing too crazy about the looks makeup artist Erin Ayanian Monroe created for sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning. They looked gorgeous, yes, but not in an outwardly futuristic or high-tech way. But despite that, they did represent the theme.

In Monroe’s words, "The theme ["Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"] was about comparing and contrasting garments made by the skill and painstaking work of many hands with the innovation of clothes created by using the highest level of scientific innovation available." Her interpretation of that idea in beauty was simple: "This was easy to reflect in the looks I created for the Fanning sisters, as the products available today are made with an extraordinary advantage of scientific breakthrough, but they all still need to be applied with my own two hands!"

Case in point: Monroe blended a plummy mauve powder shadow from Laura Mercier around Dakota’s eyes "like a cloud" and gently patted on Laura Mercier Black Orchid lipstick with her finger. The makeup schemes for both sisters were designed to read as "radiant, confident and, most of all, like themselves."

For Elle, the makeup artist went monochromatic with a pearly shine. Monroe popped the apples of Elle's high cheekbones with MAC Powder Blush in Dame ($22), used NARS Duo Eyeshadow in All About Eve ($35) on her lids and added a flash of Tom Ford highlighting cream on her cheekbones, temples and cupid’s bow, along with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Fantasme ($36) for shine on the center of her eyelids and inner corners.

The key to these looks, says Monroe, "is to build the color very gradually and blend thoroughly leaving no hard edges or lines anywhere," which of course cannot be performed by a machine — at least not yet. 

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