The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala, otherwise known as the Met Gala, is arguably the biggest fashion event on the calendar. The Gala falls on the first Monday of May each year, timed to mark the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibition. What started as a simple fundraising event has been transformed into an exclusive party attended by actors, models, and designers.
This is an event where people are expected to take risks, not just with their outfits but with their beauty as well. Over the years, there have been some bold, brave and completely bizarre makeup looks. Think Cara Delevingne's silver head, Sarah Jessica Parker's infamous mohawk or when Jaden Smith brought his old hair as his date.
Here are some of the most memorable beauty looks of Met Galas gone by.
Miley Cyrus, 2013
The theme for the 2013 Met Gala was 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' and Cyrus' bleached, spikey hairstyle certainly feels very fitting.
January Jones, 2013
Mad Men actress January Jones was almost unrecognisable at the event in 2013. Pale skin, cutting cheekbones, bleached eyebrows and dramatic, disconnected cat-eye makeup create one unforgettable make up look.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2013
Who could forget Sarah Jessica Parker's mohawk? It was perhaps the most impressive hair accessory at the 2013 Met Gala, set atop a fishtail-braided up do.
Joan Smalls, 2014
Purple lipstick is not meant for everyone, but it is meant for Joan Smalls. Her violet lips packed quite an impact on the red carpet. Contrasted against her glowing complexion, the dark shade stood out amongst a sea of nude lips on the red carpet the year designer Charles James was honoured.
Lady Gaga, 2015
Never one to stick to the status-quo, Lady Gala pulled off one of the most daring beauty looks at the 2015 event, themed 'China: Through the Looking Glass'. Bright pink shades on her cheeks and lips, plus you really can't look past those striking eyebrows.
Lily Aldridge, 2016
The theme in 2016 was 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' and Lily Aldridge was definitely channeling a futuristic beauty look. Dripping in head-to-toe gold, the Victoria's Secret model made the case for a bold beauty statement - from her luminous brows to bronze lips.
Lupita Nyong'o, 2016
Luptia's gravity-defying up-do was one of the most talked about hairstyles in 2016, inspired by Nina Simone and traditional African hair. We're still waiting to see if anyone can top this iconic look.
Cara Delevingne, 2017
Cara Delevingne is not one to shy away from a bold beauty look. The model and actress debuted her shaven head at the Gala in 2017, embracing the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between' theme. Delevingne painted her head with metallic silver paint and finished the look with her classic strong eyebrows and glitter all over.
Lupita Nyong'o, 2017
Lupita's vivid eyeshadow was a perfect homage to the abstraction and colour that defined Rei Kawakubo's career. The stunning technicolour shades on her lids and rosy cheeks complimented her dress, creating a daring beauty look that followed the gala's theme.
Jasmine Sanders, 2018
For her first appearance at the Met Gala, Jasmine Sanders definitely made a bold impression. Her hair was styled in a long braid with with real roses intricately pinned into the plait. Pink, red and gold ribbons were wrapped around sections of her hair, with tiny pearls threaded throughout. The theme in 2018 was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' and Sanders' hairstyle was definitely divine.
Cynthia Erivo, 2018
Cynthia Erivo's septum piercing looked seriously understated compared to her bejeweled eyebrows that suited the theme in the most unexpected way. Instead of opting for a headpiece or decorated gown like many other guests, Erivo wore a crown on her brows. Definitely a bold decision, but the colours of the jewels complimented her plum dress and platinum hair perfectly.
Adwoa Aboah, 2018
The most unexpected beauty trend on the 2018 Met Gala red carpet? Short neon hair. British model Adwoa Aboah's bright green hair colour was contrasted with a dramatic cat-eye to create an electrifying look.
Emilia Clarke, 2018
Pink all over was the motto for Emilia Clarke's eye-catching beauty look in 2018. The monochromatic bubblegum pink blush was offset with dark, bushy brows and red lips.
Cara Delevingne, 2018
In 2017, Cara Delevingne shaved her hair and painted her head silver. The following year, she managed to actually out-do herself. Her beauty look consisted of a pixie cut with purple streaks, gold highlighting across her brows and ears, and a deep berry lip. Delevingne's black veil accentuated the drama of her makeup, while simultaneously hiding it. However, her purple tips had a hidden meaning that suited that year's religious theme. Violet holds symbolic religious significance and is often associated with mourning, pain and suffering of crucifixion. Points for taking a risk and for following the gala's theme.
Rihanna's 2017 Met Gala look made history when she stepped out in a face full of vibrant fuchsia blush.