Stylist: Marko Monroe
Outfit: custom Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs
Makeup Artist: Alexx Mayo using Marc Jacobs Beauty and Ardell Lashes
Hairstylist: Shelby Swain using ghd hair
Manicurist: Eri Ishizu using Nails.INC

The MET Gala 2021 is far away for now, but we are all gearing up for it from the moment we were told it will be in September. We have always written about the event on this website, because we think that the MET is THE event that every fashion lover really appreciates.

Lizzo‘s red carpet look for the MET 2019 has been lingering on my mind for a very long time, so I thought it was time to let it out.

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The singer wore a flamingo colored custom Marc Jacobs feathered floor-length coat and gown with high slit on the leg, paired with pink shiny heels with a bow in the front. As beautiful as the look was, it is also imperative to say that Lizzo channelled Shirley MacLaine in the classic camp film What A Way To Go! and many surely missed the reference.

After some deep digging, I was able to find a interview with her glam team, where they explained how everything came to life: “Early on in the year, Lizzo and I talked about how amazing it would be to have Marc Jacobs dress her for an event. We were just dreaming at the time because almost all high-end designer looks need to be made custom. That’s a difficult thing to pull off for any new artist and stylist. Marc Jacobs saw Lizzo early on, not just as a fan using her music in some of his IG videos, but as a muse” said her stylist Marko Monroe.

“The initial conversation started off with Marc wanting to exaggerate Old Hollywood. We didn’t really know what direction that would take, but Old Hollywood was already on our mood board from the beginning of the year. Lizzo‘s main emphasis was that she wanted to feel sexy, for her boobs to sit up right, and to be glamorous. But when he came back with sketches, we all felt on the same page.”

Talking makeup, her MUA Alexx Mayo shared this with “We thought about Old Hollywood… [Lizzo] told me she had never worn pink eyeshadow until me. So I really opened up her mind to the idea of what a pink eye shadow could be and also how it could be really flattering and fun.”

Mayo and Marc Jacobs Beauty were kind enough to share a step-by-step tutorial of her look on their respective Instagrams (edited for clarity):

– He applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème for a natural glow;
– he prepped the skin with Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer to ensure the makeup lasted all night;
– he used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate.
– For undereye and highlights, Mayo used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Concealer and Touch Up Stick to brighten and add dimension.
– He also used a deeper shade of the Accomplice Concealer to contour and shade the face.
– To set the makeup, Alexx used the Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega BronzeTan Matte Coconut Bronzer in Tan-Tastic #104 and the Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder.

– The makeup artist used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Provocouture Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette and picked the shade “In Bed” and placed it on the contour (it’s the fuchsia shade);
– he then used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido 500 Air Blush on the apple of the cheeks.

Mayo started off with the shade “In Bed” from the Provocouture Palette in the crease and outer corner of the eye, he blended out the color with the Lush & Libido Air Blush for a soft gradient effect.
– On the brow bone, always from the Provocouture Palette, he used “Say It” on the lid and inner corner of the eye to merge with the fucsia and really make the eyes dazzle.
Alexx accented the brow bone with the shade “With Style” and used the shade “In Bed” underneath the lash line in a rounded shape to create the look of a bigger more doll like eye.
– For the dramatic cat eye, the MUA used the Magic Marc’er Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner starting at the outer corner, creating the tail end of the liner, working his way towards the inner corner of the eye.
– He then topped everything with one of his favorite mascaras: the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
– To finish off the look, he used custom Ardell Lashes 700+701.

– For the lips, Mayo used the (P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in the shade Currant Mood #308 to shape and define the lip and to finish off the look, the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in “Rio” #354.⠀

As always, Shelby Swain was in charge of Lizzo‘s hair, here is how she did it:

Swain used the ghd Hairdryer to prepare the hair, give it a sheen and make it soft and supple to perfectly mold it. In this way, she was able to form perfect finger waves as the hair was prepared and pristine, she could also tame the hair so she didn’t have to deal with flyaways or unruly tresses.
– She achieved the graceful soft curl in the crown by using the ghd Soft Curl Tong, this tool was her go-to for forming soft sumptuous curls. She used pins to hold everything and then, the ghd Platinum+ Styler and Paddle Brush to perfect the back.

Swain also told why she wanted to create a pink fantasy so badly: “Honestly I’ve been watching What a Way to Go! starring Shirley MacLaine since I was a child. The bitch made all the statements in that one movie. For like the last year I’ve been talking to the team about this movie and showing “The Pink Look.” Omg, that look was phenomenal… her pink hair was everything to me. I couldn’t wait to get a chance to recreate that look. So when I found out about Lizzo going to this year’s Camp Met Gala with Marc Jacobs and he wanted her to wear pink, I knew what I had to do. I knew this was my chance to slay the Shirley MacLaine look in my ghetto fabulous way: a pink finger wave updo with crystals.”

As for why the color pink, her stylist Marko had a very good answer: “Pink is the perfect color for the theme because it doesn’t take itself too serious. Pink is flexible to be sexy, feminine, dramatic, sweet, bold, but never boring.”

To conclude, her nail artist Eri Ishizu used the Nails.INC Chelsea Grove Gel Effect Nail Polish topped off with a chrome powder.

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