Selena Gomez’s Met Gala Makeup Look Took 19 Products to Create

Met Gala 2016: Red Carpet Arrivals
Here's what everyone wore to the 2016 Met Gala.

You can’t rush art.

The Met Gala is synonymous with glamour and Selena Gomez definitely went all out for this year’s party. According to her makeup artist for the night, it took almost 20 products to create the perfect look to accompany the “Hand to Myself” singer’s eye-catching Louis Vuitton dress.

“The theme is technology, but we didn’t want her to look too costumey,” Hung Vanngo said. “We wanted her to look beautiful, fresh, sexy and young, so we kept the makeup to a minimum. We wanted her to look like herself.”

So, how can you recreate Gomez’s look? Here’s the breakdown of everything used in her red carpet routine.


Step 1: Moisturizer

“First, I prepared her skin for makeup with Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, leaving it on for 10 minutes,” Vanngo said. “Then, I patted a few drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate into cheeks and forehead for extra moisture and radiance, and moisturized with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado to create a smooth base.”


Step 2: Foundation

“I used Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation in 40 B, and just a little concealer, NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Custard; Selena has flawless skin to begin with,” he said. “I set her makeup with NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder.”


Step 3: Eyes

For her brows, Vanngo used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown and set the hairs in place with Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.

“I wanted her eyes to be a soft, smoky black, so instead of liquid liner, I used thick lines of Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Raven and blended them out,” he continued. “I added a few medium-length individual Ardell lashes, mostly on the outer corner of her eye, and then coated her lashes with two coats of Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara in Black Extase.”  

He added, “Instead of eye shadow, I did a wash of MAC Glitter Reflects Gold across her lid and on the lower lash line.”



Step 4: Cheeks

No heavy contouring for Gomez! Vanngo kept it simple with light sweeps of bronzer and highlighter on the face.

“I used Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones for shading and highlighting her cheekbones and the top of her nose,” he said. “I dusted Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Gold Dust just along the hairline and along the jaw, and brushed Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Duchesse, mostly on her cheekbone.”


Step 5: Lips

Vanngo finished everything off with a subtle peachy lip using — surprise! — makeup you can find at your local drugstore.

“I used Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm to smooth her lips, and then I lined them and filled them in with CoverGirl Lipperfection Lip Liner in Seduce 210. I finished with CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Creme 230.”

Shop everything used on Gomez — below!