What we made of the CFDA Met Ball make-up

They say there’s nothing like a recession to spark creativity - which may explain why at Monday night’s Met Ball in New York ( the fashion world’s equivalent of the OSCARs), actresses and models traded in their usual red-carpet style for something a little more, um, creative.


 But it wasn’t just the dresses and accessories that were a little crazy, the hair and make-up too was, at times, just plain strange. In fact, I can’t ever recall a red-carpet event that’s sparked so much controversy among the ELLE beauty team - there was a lot of loving and loathing going on - and not much agreeing. However, here are the things we did agree on:

Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale and Cindy Crawford all seriously over did it with the fake tan.


Being too tanned means pretty make-up doesn’t get a chance, but mostly tans just look out of context on the red carpet.

Their care-free/holiday association means they dress a look down, making a sophisticated gown look brash.

Rachel Weisz’s dark lips and shiny, smoky eyes were a salutory reminder of that basic rule of beauty: play up one feature at a time.

Dark red lips are going to be a big trend for autumn/winter 2009, but the effect here was gothic rather than chic. And her face didn’t match her body. Enough said.

Kate Bosworth’s make-up looked great. Kate stuck with a classic combination of matte red lips and 1940s hair, but made it look modern with slightly care-free waves and the perfect shade of red lipstick for her colouring.

The whole look came across as appropriate but fresh.

Did Kirsten Dunst forget her mascara? That pale lilac eye shadow might (might) have worked with more definition.

Teamed with undefined, pale brows and a serious lack of mascara, Kirsten’s eyes seemed to disappear into her face.

Kate Moss, the evening’s co-host with Marc Jacobs, can officially get away with anything. Even the more conservative among us had to concede that Kate looked stunning in her 1970s style lame turban (her own design), complete with dramatic metallic cat eyes and aggressive 1980s contouring.

If you want to be the ultimate make-up mannequin this season, that’s the look to go for.

Click here to see our gallery of stars at the Met Ball and tell us which looks you loved and loathed in ELLE’s forums now.


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