Getting Ready
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EXCLUSIVE: Getting Ready with Constance Wu for the Met Gala

By way of makeup artist Molly Greenwald’s iPhone camera roll.

By: Noah Lehava

Imagine if the theme of your first-ever Met Gala was as outrageous as one could be. Even by Met Gala standards. Read: ambiguous. Like Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion, for a very relevant example. That was the case for Constance Wu. But, guess what? She got this. She’s a gothic flapper, after all.

Draped in Marchesa-strung pearls and tulle and with glossy finger waves (and a particularly stunning chain-link hairpiece) by Derek Yuen, her makeup, at the hands of Pat McGrath Labs makeup artist Molly Greenwald, pulled it all together. “The incredible beaded-and-pearled vintage feeling of the Marchesa gown was very much the inspiration, turning her into this dramatic actress of the 20s felt on theme in a more classic, retro way,” Greenwald told us of the look she did on Wu for the evening. “Working within the direction of the dress and hair, I implemented small touches of character, like the rosebud lip shape and the longer, skinnier, straighter brow.” Keep reading for a peek inside the dressing room via Greenwald’s camera roll.


On how early the beauty look comes together:

“It all depends on how early we have the dress! Sometimes we get the look up to a week in advance, but [with] events like the MET Gala, it usually can come down to the wire. We had ideas, but no real decisions were made until the day before.”

“Constance loves to prep her own skin. I always come in and just accentuate her glow.”

“Using MOTHERSHIP III Subversive Palette, we smoked out her eye to look every part [the] 1920s movie star. We finished with loads of FetishEYES Mascara and rimmed her waterline.

“We shaped the perfect ’20s pout with the lip liner and the amazing, creamy Luxetrance in Deep Void.”

“The [hair and makeup look] go hand in hand, since we were going for a literal ’20s starlet. From hair to makeup to dress, we went all out for the MET Gala.”

“[My hero product is] always an extra coat of Pat McGrath Labs FetishEYES Mascara, because I love mascara and you can never have too much on the red carpet. Also, always a swipe of the SKIN FETISH: Highlighter + Balm Duo on the shoulders and collarbone to pick up that red-carpet light.”