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“The theme is very vague,” says celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff of the Met Gala’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” thesis. So she and her muse for the night, Dakota Johnson, interpreted it as “shine and elements of adding layers — glitter is a layer of embellishment. There’s shine and glitter everywhere.”
For the actress’ makeup, Dubroff compiled several references, mostly from the ‘70s and ‘80s. “A bit David Bowie, a bit Debbie Harry,” she says. “We also wanted to incorporate bright color to incorporate the colors in her dress,” she added of the vibrant star-printed Gucci gown Johnson wore, with hair and bangs down.
Dubroff decided to echo the emerald lace lining the bodice on Johnson’s eyes, making them the focal point of the look. Using intense green (Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Peacock, $29) and glitter at the base of her lashes over black, and a different green liner (MAC Fluidline in Ivy, $16.50) on her inner eyelids. A bit of rosy blush, illuminator and “sweet pink” lip, Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Petal Pink ($28) finished off the colorful retro look.
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