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Stylist: Molly Dickson assisted by Jenna Filingeri, Clarke Johnson
Outfit: custom Miu Miu by Miuccia Prada
Makeup Artist: Melissa Hernandez assisted by Karissa Marie O’Hanlon
using Laneige and Armani Beauty
Aesthetician: Joomee Song
Hairstylist: Glen Coco using Shark Beauty and Helena Collection Wigs
Manicurist: Zola Ganzorigt using OPI
Tan Artist: Guy Cory
Shoes: Miu Miu
Jewelry: Bucherer

The MET Gala 2024 is almost here and we’re waiting with bated breath to see what the designers and the celebrities are concocting for us. This year’s theme, if explored correctly, could very well lead to incredible results–that’s why I am truly hopeful and excited.

In the meantime, I’d like to reminisce about the dreamy ensemble actress Sydney Sweeney wore to the Gala last year.

A little warning: we can already tell you that many days of next week will be devoted to gathering valuable information that we’ll use to then write the articles you’ll see on here related to the event.

In 2023, the lovely Sweeney donned a custom Miu Miu nude chiffon gown with floral crystal embroidery, finished with a black chiffon bow detail, completing the look with Miu Miu nude satin sandals and a black Miu Miu Wander matelassé satin hobo bag.

Photo 1 and 2 are courtesy of Jenna Filingeri

When it came to jewelry, Sydney opted for Bucherer Fine Jewelry: a pair of Emerald Cut Diamond Earrings, a Classic Diamond Bracelet on her left wrist, a Classic Pear Cut Ring on her right index finger, a B Dimension Pavé ring on her right ring finger and a Sparkle Ring with a Fancy Intense Pink Diamond on her left middle finger.

The actress’ makeup played very much into girliness and overall softness: her makeup artist Melissa Hernandez kept her brows almost natural, pinks were used as a blush on the apples of the cheeks and foiled on the lids. Natural looking false lashes were intended to intensify Sydney‘s look without making it feel too heavy and then Hernandez also applied a silver glittery eyeshadow on the inner corners of the eyes to make them pop even more. The lips matched the same tones.

The blonde stunner is Laneige‘s first-ever global brand ambassador and an Armani Beauty‘s testimonial, so it came as no surprise that her MUA relied on the products from their range to do her makeup for the occasion.

Here is a detailed product breakdown and tutorial, courtesy of the pro (slightly edited for clarity):

SKIN PREP by Laneige:
– Lip Sleeping Mask (to prep lips)
– Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer
– Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Acid Serum
– Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Acid Cream
– Glowy Makeup Serum
– Lip Glowy Balm (for self touch ups)

“• Skincare Regimen:
To prep Sydney’s skin for makeup application, I spritzed Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer onto her face and used my hands to press it into her skin for maximum absorption. This softens and moisturizes the skin, creating a beautiful lit from within glow.
I then added Berry Lip Sleeping Mask to ensure that her lips are smooth, supple and prepped for lipstick application.
I followed with a dime sized amount of Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Acid Serum, gently massaging it onto her skin for a beautiful, healthy glow.
To lock in the moisture, I applied Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Acid Cream. This is an ultra nourishing moisturizer that contains squalane and ceramides for deep, long lasting hydration.
As a final skincare step, I applied Glowy Makeup Serum along the t-zone. I love using this because it adds a beautiful glow while also controlling oils throughout the day.”

I prepped the skin by smoothing a quarter sized amount of Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer. It visibly blurs pores and creates a smooth base for foundation.
I then buffed Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.75 in the center of her face and slowly worked my way outwards for a flawless, glowing complexion.
Using my fingertips, I brightened her under-eyes and concealed imperfections using Luminous Silk Concealer 5.5.
To lightly sculpt her cheeks, I contoured using Neo Nude Melting Color Balm 21 and layered Fluid Sheer 10 for a glowy bronze overtop.
I swept Silk Glow Blush 50 on the apples of her cheeks and layered 52 along the high points for a soft, shimmery finish. I then pressed Fluid Sheer 8 over the entire cheek for a rosy lit-from-within glow.”

I created a custom rosy-champagne shade by mixing Eye Tints 10S & 44S. Then I added depth to the outer corners and lower lash line using 30M.
To compliment the black bow details, I added 3 coats of Eyes To Kill Mascara for a romantic, wispy lash.
To tie the look together, I enhanced her natural lip color by using the Lip Power Long-Wear Satin Lipstick in shade 104 and layered Ecstasy Mirror Lipgloss 100 for a high shine finish.”

Sydney‘s hair was styled in voluminous layers, kept together with a black bow by Glen Coco using Shark Beauty tools.

The attachments used were the Auto-Wrap Curlers, the Oval Brush, and the Styling Concentrator.

For added inches, Glen used hair pieces by Helena Collection Wigs.

Video courtesy of Zola Ganzorigt

The nails looked incredible and as her manicurist Zola Ganzorigt put it: “We wanted to mimic Sydney’s beautiful embellished Miu Miu gown on her nails by creating a crystal ombré look”.

“For the base nude color, we opted for something sheer and skin-like. I used my ultimate favorite combo Bubble Bath, topped with Bare My Soul to create the chic and classic look. To make it even more glamorous, we added crystals. The look perfectly tied into the Met theme of timeless fashion.”

Products used (courtesy of Ganzorigt):
– Apply a coat of OPI GelColor Stay Strong Base Coat
– Apply one coat of OPI GelColor in ‘Bubble Bath
– Apply one coat of OPI GelColor in ‘Bare My Soul
– Apply a coat of OPI GelColor Stay Shiny Top Coat
– Place the gems

The “Euphoria” actress was styled by Molly Dickson, who proves to be a tireless human being in every circumstance. If you end up being caught in her world, you’ll see her jet-setting from a part to another of the globe in a matter of days and her team of assistants truly does God’s work (she’s currently going to LA for a MET Gala fitting).

Having multiple clients like she does–and we are not talking about newcomers but well known ones, the last one being model Bella Hadid in a vintage frock from 2004–requires a different kind of mental strength that I am sure not many possess.

She’s young and it is probably a contributing factor, but nonetheless you have to admire her drive, because it takes a village to coordinate everything that goes on behind a look, as you can clearly see (even paparazzi shots for that matter).

In regards to this look for the MET, I think there is an echo of Karl Lagerfeld and his work at Chanel in the ’90s in this ensemble if we observe the pastel tones, the lightness of the fabrics, the flowers and the bows.

What can I say? I like things that aren’t too obvious, where there’s a little bit of digging to do.

After all, people’s attention span has decreased tremendously during the last years and I won’t contribute to it, it’ll never be me.

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