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This Is the Inspiration for Jennifer Lopez's Met Gala Makeup

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Makeup artist Mary Phillips reveals how she created the superstar's unique look.

Jennifer Lopez more than turned heads in her side butt-baring Versace gown at Monday’s Met Gala—she likely broke necks. But her makeup was pretty eye-catching too. "All I have to say is red dragon," says Mary Phillips, her makeup artist for the evening.

"The makeup really ties into the red dragon theme, but in a very subtle way. She has that classic J.Lo skin — we kept the glow, the tone, all those elements people love, but I would definitely call this glow a ‘special occasion’ glow." She created a unique look by mixing reds, oranges and peaches in a "blown-out, diffused way."

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Think a bit more editorial or runway than real-life makeup. "We played a lot with merging her eye color with her cheek color, which is Eastern Asian-inspired and pays a bit of homage to the disco ‘70s era." That was courtesy of a mixture of Lancome Limited Edition Blush Subtil Creme ($30) in Coral Alize, Brise Rosee, and Rouge Mistral along with L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour ($7.99) in Classic Wine, which was a slick balmy texture she patted along Lopez’ temples, on the tops of her cheekbones and into her eyelids.

Phillips also used it on the center of her mouth and blended outward for a faint "popsicle mouth" effect. For even more of a bronzed glow and sheen, the makeup artist applied Armani Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer. The result? "She almost looked ethereal! She floated in this dress," says Phillips.

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