It’s no secret that red carpet beauty tends to be somewhat predictable. Red lips, Veronica Lake waves… Sometimes it feels like we could write an awards show beauty roundup without even seeing the stars. That’s why the Met Gala red carpet is always so fun: Give celebs a theme and permission to go the distance and they will turn it out.
This year did not disappoint: From goth-glam lipstick to pink eyeshadow to pastel hair, the theme “China: Through The Looking Glass” led to some of the most aspirational beauty we’ve seen on a red carpet in recent memory. Click through for our favorites.