Met Gala: 10 Past Beauty Looks We Loved

From left: Gisele Bundchen, Blake Lively and Beyonce

From Beyonce's on-point side part to Blake Lively's ethereal strawberry blonde waves, these were our favorite beauty moments from the event in years past.

There is no doubt the Met Gala is the preeminent parade of fashion, film, art and society’s brightest stars — and perhaps even more so, the ensembles they’ve all chosen to wear for the evening.

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But, let us not forget the beauty looks that the supermodels, actresses and moguls have paired with their pretty gowns. Some were stripped down and just plain glowy (2009’s "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion") and others dramatic and directional (2013’s "Punk: Chaos to Couture"). It’s an event where people can get a bit more daring with their sartorial and beauty expression, and for that we are forever grateful. The gala makes for prime red-carpet watching and an endless source of creative inspiration both in our closets and at the vanity.

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It’s why we’re at the edge of our desk chairs waiting to see what striking looks everyone turns out for tonight’s Gala where the theme is "China: Through The Looking Glass."

In the meantime, let's take a stylish stroll down Met Gala lane to remember the event's most memorable beauty moments:

1. Kate Bosworth (2008)

She was clad in vintage Chanel Haute Couture and had wonderfully tousled bedroom hair, but it was Kate Bosworth’s wisp of vibrant blue eye shadow across her lids that had us well, crushing.

2. Gisele Bundchen (2009)

Gisele Bunchen’s got a great mane (and the multi-million dollar hair care campaigns to prove it), and it showed strongest and prettiest back in 2009 when left down, soft and gently wavy.

3. Ashley Olsen (2009)

Before everyone started sporting an asymmetrical lob, Ashley Olsen had her hair sleek, straight and lob length during the 2009 Met Ball. Her classic smoky eye drew a striking contrast to the blunt hair cut.

4. Rihanna (2009)  

A perfect play on masculine-feminine, Rihanna’s beauty look of shaved sides and cool, long bangs, plus a bolt of blue eye shadow, was an amazing juxtaposition to her Black Dolce & Gabbana tux with exaggerated bouffant sleeves.

5. Blake Lively (2011)

Blake Lively never seems to disappoint when ascending the steps of the Met Ball’s red carpet, particularly in 2001 when the actress’ hair was an enviable shade of strawberry blonde, and her makeup was soft and rosy, with just the right amount of sheen.

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6. Sarah Jessica Parker (2012)

SJP has sported some serious bouffant hair dos and super edgy looks for the Met Ball (and for that we love her even more), but in 2012 she took the beauty aspect down a notch, landing at a romantic look of gently wavy hair and dreamy smoky eyes to complement her floral Valentino gown.

7. Karolina Kurkova (2012)

Two words: Golden Goddess. No, that wasn’t the theme of the 2012 Gala, but it was the only thing anyone could think of when supermodel Karolina Kurkova appeared at the event. Her eyes were tightly lined all the way around with black eyeliner and her lipstick was a perfect nude (not too flat, not too brown), resulting in a beauty look that wouldn’t compete with the head to toe gold sequin ensemble she stunned in.

8. Rooney Mara (2013)

And here’s how to do dark (like, really dark) lipstick right! The 2013 theme was punk, so Rooney Mara’s penchant for goth-style was a sure fit. Her deep purple lipstick and strong brows were the perfect punctuation to an all white gown and slicked back hair.

9. Beyonce (2013)

The dress was well, embellished, but her beauty was beyond simple, and a study in how to do a deep side part and flawless makeup.

10. Marion Cotillard (2014)

Marion Cotillard’s sculptural updo (with amazing faux side bang) and glossy crimson lips cemented the actress' status as the kind of trend setter and risk taker that makes the Met Ball red carpet so darn fun to watch.