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This Is How Makeup Artist Kathy Jeung Got Rita Ora Ready for the Met Ball

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The beauty guru shares her behind-the-scenes photo diary.

"The Met Gala feels like the Oscars in terms of pressure to create lasting and well-received style and glamour in an arena where an invitation is the ultimate, exclusive honor," says makeup artist Kathy Jeung, who envisioned Rita Ora’s shimmering Met Gala look to play up the singer's dramatic Vera Wang gown. "To me, the silver feather dress had a feeling reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s [sci-fi film] Metropolis and the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Spirit of Ecstasy icon — the early days of the machine age, but in an almost futuristic way."

Here, Jeung takes us behind the scenes of her jam-packed day leading up to Ora's major red-carpet moment, metallic makeup and all.

Breakfast on my balcony with a view at Hotel On Rivington.

The steam shower in my Hotel on Rivington room — an easy indulgence and a super plus for getting ready for the day!

My travel product arsenal: Caudalie, Kate Somerville, Clarisonic, SK-II cleanser, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Naphcon eye drops, Oscar Blandi dry shampoo and Pure Figi coconut body butter.

Had to stop at my favorite Upper East Side pharmacy, where I could've spent hours perusing, but Met Gala calls!

Quick selfie with First Access managers Elena Ora and Frank Ho.

A close-up on Vera Wang's inspirational gorgeous silver feather gown.

Getting Rimmel London makeup and skincare-ready for glam time.

Last-minute touch-ups!

Having a drink with Elena Ora and style associate Eric J. McNeal, as we await Rita's return to change her for post parties.

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