This year’s Met Gala theme celebrates all things American fashion, and some attendees are honoring the theme by paying homage to their multicultural heritage. Olympian Naomi Osaka’s Met Gala 2021 makeup and hair took this interpretation to the next level — her colorful beauty look at the long-awaited biggest night in fashion was flawless.
The tennis player, one of the Met Gala’s co-chairs, wore a colorful corseted gown with ruffled silk. But it was her hair and makeup that caught everyone’s eye. Osaka’s makeup artist Jessica Smalls used Glossier’s Generation G Lipstick in Zip on the athletes eyes, lip, and cheeks. White sparkly shadow (a soon-to-be-released shade from the brand) sits in the middle of Osaka’s lid, pulling the red pigments together and making the overall eye look harmonious. The bright red shadow trailed down onto the outer corner of Osaka’s lower lash line and the tops of her cheekbones. Osaka wore a red matte lip that tied together the whole look beautifully.
As for Osaka’s hairstyle, her bold look was a true work of art. “The look is all about cross-pollinated conversation of culture, fashion and homage, cognizant of youth, fantasy and a new American — a new us,” hairstylist Marty Harper said in a press release. “The story is embodied in hair and it’s structure. We drew inspiration from Haitian school girl style and Onna-Musha warriors of Japan.” The pro used NatureLab Tokyo and dyson tools to style her jet-black hair flared out to the side, with red stone detailing. Structured braids were looped into a top knot bun on the athlete that were detailed with red flowers and stones. Basically, her hair (and overall look) was worthy of its very own museum exhibit.