Stop and Stare at the Most Breathtaking Beauty Looks From the 2018 Met Gala

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To us, choosing a favorite red carpet is a little bit like choosing a favorite child — we love them all! The Met Gala, however, is close to our hearts, as it brings some of the biggest celebrities together to fête revolutionary hair-and-makeup styles. This year's controversial theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," which highlights the relationship between religion and clothing. The looks outside NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art did not disappoint.

Read on to see it all . . . but be prepared to stop and stare.

Amal Clooney
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Amal Clooney

The evening's host is known for her sleek blowouts, but she threw a fashionable curveball by wearing a ponytail on the red carpet. She paired the updo with a cherry-red lipstick.

Amal Clooney
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Amal Clooney

Here's another view from the side, just because her high ponytail is that good.

Rihanna
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Rihanna

Rihanna always brings it to the Met Gala red carpet, and 2018 was no exception. The only thing that shined brighter than her papal headpiece? Her blinding highlight and gloss combo. Fenty for the win!

Jasmine Sanders
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Jasmine Sanders

The model continued the night's reign of dramatic updos, this time rocking a regal braid adorned with roses.

Jasmine Sanders
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Jasmine Sanders

The romantic effect started at the back of her head and went all the way down to the end of her waist-length braid.

Bella Hadid
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Bella Hadid

Bella looked beyond sleek with a slick updo adorned with a leaf-like crown.

Ashley Graham
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Ashley Graham

The model rocked a shorter, sleeker cut than we're used to — and we really, really like it!

Zendaya
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Zendaya

Zendaya's blunt red bob conjured up images of Joan of Arc — in poppin' lip gloss.

Nicki Minaj
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Nicki Minaj

The rapper's garnet color scheme touched everything from her dress and headpiece to her blush and eye shadow.

Lili Reinhart
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Lili Reinhart

The Riverdale actress was edgy-chic personified with her slicked-back hair, mauve lip, and Summer-ready bronzer.

Hair: Bobby Eliot
Key product used: Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice ($46)

Olivia Munn
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Olivia Munn

The actress turned heads as hers was covered in a chain-mail-esque gold headpiece. Along with that statement piece, she painted on dark blackberry lipstick and kept her strands sleeker than sleek.

Hair: Chad Wood
Key product used: Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray ($22)

Rita Ora
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Rita Ora

Rita amped up the drama in a bold black headpiece paired with a pillow-soft-looking blowout and hot-pink lipstick.

Rita Ora
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Rita Ora

From another angle, we get to see just how long Rita's strands are — bet it will remind you to take your Biotin before bed.

Amanda Seyfreid

Amanda Seyfreid

The expectant mother absolutely oozed a bohemian glow and glamour. We can't look away from either her tousle of wavy ringlets or flushed rosy cheeks.

Hair: Christian Wood
Key product used: GHD Soft Curl Iron ($159)

Cardi B
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Cardi B

Okurrr! We cannot get enough of Cardi B's bedazzled beauty look, and we need that fuchsia lipstick on our pout, STAT.

Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez

The "Wolves" singer wore her hair back in a bohemian updo.

Lynda Carter
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Lynda Carter

The OG Wonder Woman rocked a crown that's reminiscent of her most famous character's.

Lynda Carter
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Lynda Carter

But wait . . . there's more! Lynda also tucked a star-shaped hairpin to secure her bun.

Madonna
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Madonna

Who better to pull off this theme than Madonna? No one — duh. We love how the singer and icon wore two braids as part of her royal ensemble.

Mindy Kaling
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Mindy Kaling

We'd gladly attend a coronation for Queen Mindy, especially after seeing how easily the actress rocked a heavy crown, posh low bun, and purple lipstick.

Kerry Washington
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Kerry Washington

Kerry looked like a disco diva with her voluminous natural hair, subtly lined lips, and gold pin.

Hair: Takisha Sturdivant-Drew
Key products used: GHD Air Hairdryer ($159) and GHD Air Diffuser ($30)

Liza Koshy
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Liza Koshy

The actress pulled her hair back, which gave us a full view of her powerful crimson lipstick.

Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez

J Lo did what J Lo does: slayed the red carpet in her signature cocktail of bronzer, lashes, and glossy lips. We love how she ditched the extensions for an impressively sleek lob.

Hair: Lorenzo Martin
Key product used: Matrix Total Results Re-Bond Shampoo and Matrix Style Link Volume Builder Mousse

Donatella Versace
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Donatella Versace

The fashion designer wore her hair as she iconically always does: platinum blonde with long, '60s fringe.

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

Emilia went heavy on the blush in a supereditorial look. We love how she offset her flamingo-tinted cheeks with a currant-colored lipstick.

Makeup: Jillian Dempsey
Key product used: Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Heather Pink ($26)

Kris Jenner
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Kris Jenner

Kris wore electric pink eye shadow that looked so '80s fabulous.

SZA
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SZA

The singer wore an out-to-there halo-esque headband with her loose curls down, and she swept on some pink blush.

Princess Beatrice of York
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Princess Beatrice of York

The royal channeled the swinging '60s in mod, Twiggy-esque eyeliner, a baroque headband, and a dramatic middle part.

Huma Abedin
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Huma Abedin

Huma's pinot lipstick totally stole the show.

Zoë Kravitz
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Zoë Kravitz

The Big Little Lies star kept things moody in monochrome tan lipstick and a black beaded hair bow accessory.

Katherine Langford
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Katherine Langford

The 13 Reasons Why star looked like a Renaissance princess with her long hair, dark lips, and dramatic blush.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

How do you pull together an ensemble that features a wide hat and chain headpiece? Go for a classic, like Janelle did — red lipstick and ample highlighter will always look fabulous.

Makeup: Jessica Smalls
Key product used: Dermaflash 2.0 Luxe ($189)

Kylie Jenner
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Kylie Jenner

For her first red carpet after the birth of daughter Stormi, Kylie rocked an enviable complexion and relaxed updo. We love the pointe-shoe-pink lipstick on her.

Hair: Andrew Fitzsimons
Key product used: Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear Undone Texture Hairspray ($19)

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee also joined the crown-and-dark-red-lipstick brigade.

Hair: Gregory Russell
Key product used: Amika Heist Molding Blend ($25)

Anne Hathaway
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Anne Hathaway

Anne's headpiece resembled a sunrise, and we love how she paired it with golden glitter eyeliner.

Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge

The model showed up in a middle-parted chignon inspired by a 1950s Italian movie star. She sure looked the part — bellissimo!

Hair: Bryce Scarlett
Key product used: Moroccanoil Treatment ($34)

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth

Here comes the bride? Kate served perfect wedding-worthy beauty with ballerina-slipper lips and blush.

Makeup: Beau Nelson
Key product used: Chantecaille Cheek Gelée in Happy ($44)

Diane Kruger
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Diane Kruger

Diane's face was covered by this ivory veil, but we still got a glimpse of her soft red smoky eye and rosy pink lipstick.

Kate Upton

Kate Upton

Kate Upton paired her multicolored jeweled headpiece with a simple makeup look that included nude lipstick and bold brows.

Makeup: Tracy Murphy
Key products used: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Star Gold ($32) and Sol de Janeiro Glow Oils ($35)

Cynthia Erivo
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Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia's glitter-studded eyebrows brought a shimmering touch to the occasion.

Emma Stone
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Emma Stone

Emma went with her go-to look of pink blush, rosy lipstick, and arched brows.

Makeup: Rachel Goodwin
Key product used: Venn Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate ($185)

Priyanka Chopra
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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka's gold veil was certainly eye-catching, but we also love how she matched her purple lipstick to her velvet dress.

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin

Pink hair, we really care — feast your eyes on Hailey Baldwin's cotton-candy-hued strands.

Makeup: Denika Bedrossian
Key product used: Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion ($44)

Kate Moss
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Kate Moss

The red carpet pro kept it simple with a lightly messy updo, glossy lip, and touch of blush.

Lily Collins
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Lily Collins

Lily took the night's theme to heart and drew on a teardrop reminiscent of a weeping statue. Her glossy oxblood lip also added to the drama, and don't you think we forgot about her tall, Lady Liberty-esque crown.

Hair: Gregory Russell
Key product used: Marc Anthony True Professional Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray ($14)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The model looked like a literal saint with a circular, halo-esque headband and dark plum lipstick.

Hair: Christian Wood
Key product used: GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron ($199)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

From the back, you can feast your eyes on Rosie's elegant croissant bun.

Eiza Gonzalez
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Eiza Gonzalez

The Baby Driver star wore her hair up in a bouncy '90s bun and glued on some gold glitter freckles to the left side of her face.

Dakota Fanning
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Dakota Fanning

Dakota's simple makeup look was as angelic as it gets.

Amber Heard
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Amber Heard

Amber wore one of the few side ponytails on the Met Gala red carpet, so points for originality! We love how her honey-blonde strands almost perfectly match her headband.

Solange Knowles
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Solange Knowles

Solange repped a fresh-faced beauty look that included just a touch of gloss to offset her statement headpiece.

Shailene Woodley
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Shailene Woodley

Shailene jumped on the baby-bangs bandwagon (bangswagon?) with her Joan of Arc-inspired look.

Ariana Grande
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Ariana Grande

Not sure what we love more: Ariana's bowed veil or her metallic white eye shadow.

Miley Cyrus
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Miley Cyrus

Miley kept things classic with messy-chic hair, a touch of bronzer, and rosy lipstick.

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig

The Ladybird director and actress opted for a timeless beauty look to pull together her nun-inspired outfit.

Makeup: Jenn Streicher
Key product used: Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Perfecting Concealer ($25)

Hair: John D.
Key product used: Tresemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 4: Extend ($5)

Sarah Jessica Parker
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Sarah Jessica Parker

SJP — or Queen of the Met Gala Headdresses, as we like to call her around these parts — paired her altar hair accoutrement with blue eye shadow and blush.

Gisele Bündchen
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Gisele Bündchen

The model's Victoria's Secret waves were so on point, it would hurt if it wasn't so amazingly gorgeous.

Katharine McPhee
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Katharine McPhee

Katharine repped a textured rocker lob, '90s pale-purple lipstick, and a rosy blush.

Makeup: Kindra Mann
Key product used: Lashify ($20)

Katy Perry
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Katy Perry

Katy took the theme very literally, opting for gigantic angel wings paired with her textured pixie cut and dark lipstick.

Makeup: Michael Anthony
Key product used: CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation in Shade L30 Golden Ivory & L40 Classic Ivory

Issa Rae

Issa Rae

The Insecure star positively shined with an overall dewy complexion and flash of highlight.

Makeup: Joanna Simkin
Key product used: CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter in Shade #4 ($9)

Emily Ratajkowski
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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily's ethereal updo was completed by leaving out strands to frame her face.

Hair: Jennifer Yepez
Key product used: Krastase Elixir Ultime Nourishing Hair Oil ($50)

Salma Hayek
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Salma Hayek

Salma paired her burgundy blush with matte lipstick, soft middle-parted waves, and out-to-there lashes.