Kim Kardashian is continuing to bring her understated glam vibes to the red carpet. And Monday night marked the star’s first solo Met Gala appearance, for which she sported a white gown and her new signature beauty look: minimal nude makeup and a sleek, pin-straight lob. We spoke to her glam squad, makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and hairstylist Michael Silva, to find out what went down behind the scenes and how to get her look.
The reality star, who hit the Met steps without her husband Kanye West for the first time since 2013, went for a minimal-yet-glamorous beauty look, which was created by her longtime makeup artist and BFF, Dedivanovic.
“She had on a really clean Vivienne Westwood gown, and her vibe has been super clean and relaxed recently and she wanted to take that into the Met Ball as well, since that’s how she’s feeling right now,” Dedivanovic tells PeopleStyle. “And I am as well, so I thought it would be a perfect look for the evening and the perfect vibe.”
For inspiration, Dedivanovic turned to both the Comme des Garçons theme as well as Kim herself.
“It was all about skin. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo does a lot of edgy and editorial things, but she also sometimes does truly beautiful clean skin, so I was inspired by that,” he says. “I wanted her to look like classic Kim. The eyes were contoured, they were completely matte. We didn’t do any shimmers on the eyes, so it was all about lashes and skin and matte colors.”
To prep her skin, Dedivanovic applied the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask, before applying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on her face, neck and chest.
He then used Chanel eye shadows on her lids to add a contour, and applied a matte white eye shadow at the inner corners. “We would typically do a bit more of a shimmer on the inner corners and under the brow bone, but we went with a matte to tie in the white dress a little bit,” he says. “The look was really lashy, so I used a few coats of the Chanel Le Volume Mascara.”
Dedivanovic adds that matte products have long-lasting power.
“Because I used a lot of matte products, they tend to stay pretty well, cause they’re not greasy. And Kim’s face holds everything really well, so doesn’t really ever need too many touch ups.”
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As for her hair, Michael Silva was inspired by Rei Kawakubo, who he shares “was the jumping off point. She’s very known for a mix of masculine and feminine. The dress is so soft and ethereal almost so we knew we had to go opposite with the hair, so the hair was our graphic strong moment.”
And Kim was into the look. Silva adds that she’s “so supportive of the creative process and letting the artists create but also has her direction. It’s very collaborative.”
To create her pin-straight style, Silva applied a quarter size amount of the Toni&Guy leave-in conditioner all over before spraying it with heat protectant and flat ironing everything straight.
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