When we found out that Cara Delevingne shaved her head completely — as in she went totally bald — my first thought as a beauty editor was, I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do for the Met Gala??? With just five days until fashion’s biggest night of the year, it’s not often that an A-lister takes such a giant beauty risk, and the possibilities were endless: She could wear a wig, a headband, a hat, perhaps dabble in faux tattoos again like she did two years ago, or maybe, she just wouldn’t do anything at all.
Well, she did none of the above and actually, took her beauty look to the extreme (in a good way) for this year’s Met Gala, which paid honor to Comme de Garçons’ avant garde designer, Rei Kawakubo. At first glance, you might have thought her silver head was a cap or a very shortly cropped wig. But no, it was actually several layers of makeup. We talked to her makeup artist, Romy Soleimani, for all the glitzy details.
To complement Delevingne’s silvery Chanel suit, Soleimani went with silver on the head and the eyes. She used Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal and Rimmel London Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner in Black around the lashes, adding silvery, gunmetal tones on the lids from the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Contouring Palette in Grudge Glamour. Then, she finished with a generous application of Rimmel London’s new Shake it Fresh Mascara, concentrating the application on the outer corner of the eyes for a winged out effect. But here’s where things got interesting — and I’ll let Soleimani tell it her own words:
“To create the paint, I mixed Mehron Silver Metallic Powder with M.A.C. Mixing Medium and I painted it over her head in that asymmetrical shape. I guess in my mind it reminded me of some of those Comme de Garcons sculpted heads from the ‘90s. There were two [inspiration images] that I pulled out — one was [a cap] made of tinfoil, one was made of newspaper — and they had that very beautiful, sculpted shape.
“Once her head was fully painted, I misted over the silver with one of those hairspray glitters, just to give it more dimension, also spraying it along her neck and chest. I didn’t want her to look like the Tin Man, so I thought that adding the glitter would create more dimension. The thing is, I also didn’t want her to look like she was dipped in glitter. The nice thing about using the hairspray is you get this sheer veil of glitter that still looked beautiful and delicate and feminine.
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“After that, I used Spirit Gum to glue clear and gray Swarovski crystals onto one side of her head, placing them in a cluster on the side where the paint was asymmetrical, letting them be sort of random and trickle down onto her temple and cheekbone.
“I didn’t set [her head] with anything, it just stayed. The alcohol in the Mixing Medium ensures it lasts because it dries just like paint. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to stick the crystals on — they would’ve of slid right off.
“The thing was, I had no time to test anything and it was a bit crazy in her hotel room because she was getting ready with Lily-Rose Depp and Jemima Kirke, so I was spraying her head with glitter on the hotel bed. I literally sprayed the sheets with glitter. Some of these inspirations were discussed at 9PM the night before, so we really just went for it. I’ve painted silver on the body before, so I knew what to expect. And while I don’t know how long it lasted, I saw her at one of the after parties and it was still looking good.”
Take a look at all of our favorite makeup looks from Met Gala 2017: