Let’s be real for a moment: The beauty looks at the Met Gala take the already-stunning fashion, jewelry, and accessories to another dimension. This year’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” has inspired many to pull inspiration from well-known beauty styles throughout American history. One trend that has clearly emerged on the red carpet? Old Hollywood glamour. It’s not exactly surprising that stars would embrace such classic, universally flattering beauty choices, but the Met Gala is often seen as an opportunity to make a statement with edgy or unconventional looks.
In 2021 however, it seems that things are going back to basics — in the most glamorous way, of course. From blunt bangs and pin curls to ruby red lips and finger waves, there was no shortage of retro beauty moments to admire. Clearly, celebrities were eager to put their most alluring foot forward. Ahead, check out some of the best Old Hollywood-inspired beauty looks from the 2021 Met Gala.
1950s bumper bangs looked positively stunning on a very blonde Kristen Stewart. Paired with her ultra-high ponytail, the hair complemented her dramatic Chanel Haute Couture floral sleeves perfectly.
Along with her va-va-voom red dress and smoky ruby makeup, Paloma Esser accented her glamorous Met Gala look with soft finger waves.
Jaws dropped all over the globe as Billie Eilish showed up looking like Marilyn Monroe’s doppelgänger.
Megan Thee Stallion
The rapper told E! News that she wanted to channel old Hollywood at the Met Gala — her finger waves, fluttery eyelashes, and pouty lips certainly did the trick.
Cindy Crawford’s daughter kept it simple — and glamorous — with this Old Hollywood-inspired glam.
You can’t go wrong with a red lip, rosy cheeks, and a sleek updo, and Karlie Kloss nailed all three.
Yara Shahidi’s Met Gala beauty look is the epitome of vintage glamour, inspired by none other than Josephine Baker.
Is there anything more retro-glam than these bangs paired with a strong eyebrow and red lip? Megan Fox could not have looked more stunning.
The retro high ponytail, the embellished barrette, the Jessica Rabbit-esque red hair — Gigi did not come to play games at this year’s Met Gala.
Pencil-thin eyebrows were all the rage in the 1920s, so it only seems fitting to spot them on fashion’s most glamorous evening on Barbie Ferreria 100 years later.