No, not the Oscars… the annual Met Gala, where only the most stylish stars show off some killer couture on the red carpet. Yesterday, dozens of celebrities and the designers who dressed them walked the red carpet into the Metropolitan Museum of Art to fete the opening of the Costume Institute’s next exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” This year’s Met Gala theme is one of the most challenging yet, but there are ways to honor China’s heritage and its present culture on the red carpet. Often referred to as “fashion’s biggest night,” but many observers are wary to see how guests will interpret — or misinterpret — that theme. Taking a cue from the theme of the evening, guests channeled the thirties and forties elegance of the museum with an inspiring lineup of sleek center-parted hair and blunt-cut ponytails. Neat knots came in seemingly, endless variations from low and tight — to high and voluminous. When it came to makeup, sharply winged eyes and red lips, painted on in calligraphic strokes, lent a crisp architectural edge to the face. Here’s to discovering your own personal beauty statement come spring. Be sure to scroll through our slideshow of best dressed looks on the red carpet.

-Nargas Karimi

The groundwork to any woman’s makeup needs is maintaining an ideal facial and a clear complexion. Its the palette for any makeup artist to do her work. Everything else falls right in line as long as the skin is clear, smooth, and perfect. With the help of the perfect cosmetic wardrobe, we can guarantee that everyday your face will be flawless and prevent the treacherous “cakey face.” That will never be a beauty trend, especially during the summer months.

BB vs. CC Creams | This is the beginning stage that can be a little tricky. Whether you’re someone who prefers BB or CC creams (the difference being color correcting), this is where you start. Its the initial phase of smoothing your complexion and typically also applies a form of SPF for protection. Try Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in a variety of shades to match your skin tone. However, if you would like a little color correcting to fix any redness, try Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Besides, BB and CC creams are also great foundation substitutes if you want to go with a little more of a natural look.

Primer | Primers are necessary to hold the additional makeup in place. Be it foundation, bronzers, and definitely your eye makeup. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer is great to wear alone with vitamins to brighten skin, but also minimizes pores to create a wonderful makeup canvas. Your foundation will simply airbrush onto your skin  More importantly, all colors applied will stay true to their hues and last all day.

Concealer | Concealer is used to do just that – conceal any unwanted spots or dark circles. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit comes with two shades to perfect your canvas. The concealer applies seamlessly, and a pressed powder is provided to ensure a flawless look.

Powders vs. Liquids | Finally, the base. Powders and liquids are completely your choice depending on your preference of application. Estee Lauder covers both mediums in a variety of shades to suit your complexion needs. The Double Wear liquid foundation glides on effortlessly for a lengthy 15-hour stay. It provides a natural look during both heat and humidity. On the other hand, the Double Wear powder makeup lasts for up to 8 hours, with a natural look despite nonstop activity. Both are great choices for a lasting flawless finish.

-Brooke Leigh Howard
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