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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.

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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.

“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.”
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