Nicole Kidman’s Met Gala Makeup Is Timeless Perfection

Makeup artist Angela Levin tells all about the A-lister's beauty look.

Wearing the stunning Chanel Haute Couture 2004 gown that the actress wore for the iconic Chanel No. 5 campaign directed by Baz Luhrmann, Nicole Kidman’s Met Gala 2023 look is both elegant and playful. Pairing the fashion with loosely dishevelled hair, tied with a black bow, and timeless makeup that was both flawless and youthful, the A-Lister pulled every bit of the star power on the Met red carpet. We talk exclusively to makeup artist Angela Levin about the actress’s stunning pink-tinged makeup look – and how we can get the look.

marie claire Australia: What was your inspiration for Nicole’s makeup?

Angela Levin: For Nicole’s Met Gala look this year, my inspiration was Chanel: iconic, timeless, admired, elegant and playful, just like her.

MC: Can you tell us how you got Nicole’s skin looking so flawless?

AL: I started by hydrating Nicole’s clean face and neck with Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum and Rich Revitalizing Cream. [Then] I applied Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation in B20 with a round brush (my go-to is Chanel’s Foundation-Blending Brush N°102) on the face and neck, making sure to get an even application. With Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Concealer in B20, I based the eye area and side of the nose for extra coverage.

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MC: Nicole’s eyes look incredible. Can you tell us how you created them?

AL: To make Nicole’s beautiful blue eyes pop, I used Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Deep. I applied each color almost like a rainbow to her eyelid. I blended the darkest shade into her lash line, then added the medium shade to her crease, and ended with the lightest shade on her brow bone. [Next,] with Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense, I lined and smudged the upper lash line and placed small dots between the lower lashes. I then applied three coats of Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir on the top and lower lashes. In between each coat, I brushed a small metal comb through her lashes.

MC: And for her brows?

AL: Using a brow brush, I combed the brows in an upwards direction, and touched them up with Chanel Le Gel Sourcils Longwear Eyebrow Gel in Transparent.

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MC: Nicole’s cheekbones are beautiful. Can you take us through your process?

AL: I powdered [Nicole’s] face gently with Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in 12, then applied Chanel N°1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Healthy Pink with my fingers. I finished the cheeks with a little Chanel Poudre Lumière Highlighting Powder in White Opal.

MC: Nicole’s lips popped on the Met carpet. What did you use?

After hydrating Nicole’s lips with Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care, I lined them with Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Longwear Lip Pencil in Rose Naturel. Lastly, I added a coat of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in Intemporelle and Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Adrienne in the centre of upper and lower lips. 

Nicole poses on the red carpet alongside Baz Luhrmann. (Credit: Getty Images)

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