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This year’s Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, signified an amazing turnout of celebrities coming and rocking the theme in a ton of different ways. Janelle Monaé stepped out on the red carpet in a beautiful Marc Jacobs black and white design, paired with a beautiful red lip and dewy skin.

Janelle Monae / Getty Images

Jessica Smalls was in charge of makeup, offering Madame Noire an insider-look at how she achieved this effortless glow on Monaé. Read on to find out how you can recreate the look at home:

First, Smalls prepped Janelle’s skin for hydration and radiance. “I started by prepping Janelle’s skin with DermaFlash, this will allow her skin to be baby soft and absolutely radiant, which in return allows for a smoother makeup application,” she told Madame Noire. If you’re looking to recreate this look at home, a great alternative would be your favorite hydrating primer, like The Ordinary’s $5 silicone primer, and gently exfoliating your face with a homemade blend of sugar and olive oil! Once she finished her face, she also added Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter to her skin for all night, overall moisture.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Janelle Monae attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)


Next, you’ll want to work on the eyes. Smalls went in with the Marc Jacobs Beauty eye primer ($26) to ensure longevity for the eye look, and then went in with the Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeshadow palette “Scandalust” ($49) and applied the color “That’s Why” in her crease,  “Little Miss” over her lid, and “At the Office “in the center of her lid for a gold glitter Pop. To finish the eye look off, she applied MJB Enamored Hi Shine Gloss in “Work It” ($28) to the entire lid for a sultry bronze glitter-glossy eye. Smalls then went in and lined Monaé’s eyes for a hint of drama. If you’re at home, just grab any black liner and gently rub across your bottom line for a pop of smoke. And if you’re in need of an eye primer, the Urban Decay primer potion ($22) is a cult-classic and timeless staple!


For skin, Smalls worked to give Janelle a glow. “I gave her a divine glow by massaging a nickel size amount of MJB Dew Drops in “Fantasy” ($44) all over her skin,” Smalls noted. Next, she went in with Marc Jacobs foundation and blended it outwards, setting it with a loose powder and bronzer. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the dew drops, you can always go for the Sephora brand, which retails at only $8 a bottle. If you get oily throughout the day, you can always go in with Fenty Beauty’s blotting powder ($32) to keep the oil down.


For Janelle’s iconic pout, Smalls first went in with a homemade sugar scrub, and then filled her lips in with a liner. “I filled her lips in with MJB Pout Lip liner in ‘Oh, Cocoa’ ($24), applied MJB “Le Marc” lipstick in “Candy Apple Red’ ($30) and finished it by dusting MJB’s “Invisible” powder on top to create a matte lip.” If you’re looking to pull off a red lip, Too Cool for School’s red ($18) retails at almost half the cost, and Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick ($20) will go on for an added wear. Just make sure to line with a nude lip liner

This is a perfect ‘going out’ look for Summer! Will you be trying this MET Gala inspired look?

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