May 02, 2016 06:31 PM

Katy Perry is the Queen of dressing for a theme. But when it comes to choosing a look for fashion’s biggest night (a.k.a. The Met Gala!) she finds the whole process a bit restricting.

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“For me, Met Gala, it’s great, it’s so much fun, it’s the best party, but you’re a little bit beholden to designers you know,” she told PeopleStyle Sunday at the launch of her Katy Kat collection with CoverGirl. “When I create my own costumes for tour, it’s like whatever the f–k I want to do. It’s just like larger than life. It’s like: Can it move, can it smell, can it — blah, blah, blah, blah?”

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And while she promised that she will be adhering to this year’s ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ theme (something she experimented with in 2010 with her light bright Cute Circuit dress!), she always feels a bit competitive with ultimate fashion risk-taker and fellow power pop diva, Lady Gaga.

“I know a couple of people are coming like lit up and stuff like that, and I’m like, ‘I did that in 2010, you’re late!,'” she quipped. “I’m going to do something, but I’m sure like Gaga is going to arrive on drone, and I’ll just be like, ‘Grrr! Again! S—!.'”

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Both songstresses are known for making grand entrances, and we imagine this year will be no different. And we’re hoping not only for a big dress look from Katy, but also a major makeup moment.

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The star just launched her Katy Kat x CoverGirl collection featuring 13 matte lipstick shades and two mascaras — a true black and a blue (the first time CoverGirl has released a blue mascara.)

“I started out experimenting with makeup really early on,” she shared. “It was very strange, my mother wouldn’t let me wear thongs but, she would let me wear red lipstick. I was like, ‘Nobody can see the thong. They can see the red lipstick!’ I didn’t understand it. But at 13 I was wearing blush, lipstick, and mascara. I do a lot of different thematic looks. It’s playful! I just love to play.”

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Perry said while she can’t pinpoint a favorite red carpet beauty look from her many red carpets, she can cite the inspiration behind her obsession with makeup.

“All of my personal style did start when I was trying to emulate the pin-up girls,” she said. “I found this book by Gil Elvgren; he was a pin-up illustrated and his [portraits] were great. And they were always in these sort of compromising positions — accidentally showing some underwear and stuff like that. It’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek. But in the future, that could possibly change. It could go full androgynous. I’ve done the no eyebrows, I’ve done all of it, so I’m running out of tricks. Maybe I should just be normal.”

We hope “normal” never enters Perry’s fashion vocabulary.

What are you hoping Perry pulls for tonight’s Met? What’s her most memorable makeup look ever? Share below.

–Brittany Talarico

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