2016 Met Gala: The Best Red Carpet Beauty Looks

The industry took the theme and ran with it, hair- and makeup-wise.
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Kristen Stewart, Zendaya and Ciara. Photos: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart, Zendaya and Ciara. Photos: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

If you said that there was simply hype around fashion's biggest night — the 2016 Met Gala — we might actually laugh at the understatement. Celebrities and fashion's "It" crowd alike have been readying themselves for the industry's ball, with the oh-so-appropriate 2016 theme of Manus x Machina for weeks now — and letting us know all about it via social media. 

That theme of course speaks to how technology is advancing the fashion world today with 3-D printing, laser cutting and the like. On the flip side, it also celebrates true craftsmanship, like handmade couture with beading, embroidery and lacework. Speaking of handiwork, that's where beauty comes in: Machines haven't replaced makeup artists and hairstylists (yet!), and their brilliance was on full display to complement the red carpet gowns, whether or not the celebs actually got on board with the theme.

Read on for our favorite beauty looks from the night, from Ciara's metallic hair and Zendaya's blunt wig to Kristen Stewart's platinum knots and Taylor Swift's goth lips.

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