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The theme for this year’s annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” in which she said, “The essence of ‘camp’ is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” And while not everyone complied with the over-the-top dress code, makeup artists certainly took note, in particular when it came to the eyes.
Lady Gaga kicked off the beauty trend with her five-inch-long gold foil false lashes, but was quickly upstaged by actor Billy Porter, who had been given a fully bedazzled gold sequin eye and gilded lids by makeup artist La Sonya Gunter using Pat McGrath Labs EYEdols Eye Shadow in Gold Standard.
Lashes continued to have a major moment, however: Gigi Hadid sported a set of white spiky white lashes courtesy of makeup artist Erin Parsons, Sara Sampaio sported two black feathers at the corner of each eye and Lucy Boynton’s makeup artist Jo Baker had created a moonbeam effect by pasting crystals around each eye.
Serious statement eyes were also seen on Natasha Lyonne, who sported heavy kohl courtesy of makeup artist Kabuki, and Darren Criss was given a sweep of blue shadow from the corner of his eye up to the temple by his groomer, Jessica Ortiz, who was inspired by 1980s rocker Adam Ant, the ultimate camp icon.
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