A-listers at the 2021 Met Gala sure turned some heads this year with lots of what can only be described as visible underwear and, at the other end of the spectrum, a head-to-toe shroud (Kim, is that you?).

The looks were inventive, evocative, often dazzling, but never effortless. Prep work and makeup artistry reign supreme when it comes to creating red carpet lewks for 2021.

Rihanna at Met Ball
Rihanna at Met Ball

WHO: Rihanna
WHERE: 2021 Met Gala
MUA: Hector Espinal, Fenty Beauty Global Makeup Artist
PREP: Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser ($36); Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore- Refining Toner Serum ($39); Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($52); Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream ($46)
COMPLEXION: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 300 ($53); Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in “I$land Ting” and “Bajan Gyal” ($46 each); Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in “Petal Poppin” and “Cool Berry” ($33 each); Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder in “Butter” ($28)
EYES: Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in “Smoky” and “Cool Neutrals” ($39 each); Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner in “Cuz I’m Black” and “Big Truffle” ($33 each); Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Trophy Wife,” “Ginger Binge,” and “Lightning Dust” ($57 each); Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb Triple Drip All Over Diamond Veil Palette ($60); Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara ($39)
BROWS: Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler in “Light Brown” and “Medium Brown” ($32 each)
LIPS: Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Lip-Loving Scrubstick ($25); Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in “Underdawg” ($39)

Met Gala Billie Eilish
Met Gala Billie Eilish

WHO: Billie Eilish
WHERE: 2021 Met Gala
MUA: Robert Rumsey using Charlotte Tilbury
COMPLEXION: Light Wonder Foundation; Magic Away Concealer
EYES: Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate and Golden Goddess; Rock ‘n’ Kohl Pencil in Bedroom Black; Full Fat Lashes Mascara
CHEEK: Super Nudes Face Palette in Nudegasm
BROW: Brow Cheat in Natural Brown
LIP: Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude; K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Runway Royalty

Kaley Cuoco at the Emmys
Kaley Cuoco preparing for the Emmys

WHO: Kaley Cuoco
WHERE: 2021 Emmy Awards
MUA: Jamie Greenberg
PREPCurrentBody x Dr Harris eye-mask – the world’s first anti-ageing and relaxing eye mask that works in just 15 minutes to provide emotional relaxation and clinically proven to reduce wrinkles, especially the ’11s’.
FACE: Charlotte Tilbury