On the night of the Met Gala, at a nook desk at Mr. Chow on the Upper East Side, Fiona Stiles, the make-up artist who did Gabrielle Union’s make-up for the gala, sat with Hung Vanngo, who did the make-up for Julianne Moore and Laura Harrier, and Elle Gerstein, Blake Lively’s nail artist. They had been compiling credit score lists of merchandise they used on their celeb purchasers to be despatched to the media, and posting detailed pictures of their purple carpet work on Instagram.
At one other desk, over rooster satay, inexperienced prawns and vegetarian potstickers, glam groups new and outdated gossiped concerning the appears they’d created for the night. There was Emma Stone’s hair stylist and make-up artist, Mara Roszak and Rachel Goodwin; Gemma Chan’s make-up artist, Daniel Martin; and Jessica Chastain’s, Mary Greenwell. Benjamin Puckey, who does Caroline Trentini’s make-up, was there, as was Sir John, who does Maye Musk’s, and Sam Fine, who works with Cynthia Erivo and Lena Waithe.
This gathering of make-up artists is an annual celebration by the wonder groups that do the appears for the Met Gala. It was began by the make-up artist Troy Surratt after the gala in 2013.
“It was just very lonely to finish up all the work and go back with your key card to an empty room,” Mr. Surratt mentioned
The first gatherings befell within the personal room of Via Carota within the West Village and later moved across the metropolis. The celebration grew and grew, from a handful of make-up artists to 10, and ultimately to what it’s right now, encompassing make-up artists, hair stylists, nail artists, forehead specialists and aestheticians. This 12 months they met at Mr. Chow, a alternative impressed by “The Andy Warhol Diaries” on Netflix, which Mr. Surratt had just lately watched.
Ms. Goodwin has attended each dinner since 2013. “We count on each other,” she mentioned. “This moment of celebration is so wonderful for us, too, to get together, to have the camaraderie. We’ve known each other, some of us, for decades.”
Guests chatted away concerning the appears they’d created, each maximal and minimal. “She had this beautiful kind of antebellum Louis Vuitton feathered creation of lace, so honestly, makeup needed to take a back seat,” Mr. Fine mentioned of Cynthia Erivo. And Lena Waithe stunned him by saying she wished a darkish mouth. “She’s usually very understated,” he mentioned.
Some mused about which celebrities had been most prepared to experiment. Ms. Greenwell mentioned of Jessica Chastain: “I did a very strong eye with loads of lashes, which always looks amazing on her, and kept the skin just very beautiful and pure, but you know, she’s got wonderful skin. Then a very neutral mouth.”
Mr. Martin mentioned of Gemma Chan: “Gemma loves to push it. We did like a smoky bronze eye, but we added these ball-bearing embellishments. She wore Louis Vuitton, so we pulled up the embellishments from the dress and put appliqués on her face.”
Many of the artists hadn’t had an opportunity to see their work on the purple carpet earlier than coming to the dinner and had been refreshing their telephones for an enormous reveal. One anticipated look was Cara Delevingne, who had gone topless, her chest and torso painted in gold with subtly matching hair.
“I haven’t seen it yet on the red carpet, have you?” Ms. Roszak requested a reporter. “I wanted her hair to be this golden cascading sort of vixen glamour. I created a dramatic side-parted wave — half of it was fake.” Romy Soleimani, Ms. Delevingne’s make-up artist, mentioned that the gilded look was impressed by an outdated J’adore Dior advert.
“It’s a little punk, a little Ziggy Stardust,” she mentioned. “You know, it’s always mixing that beauty and femininity with something masculine.”
Celebrities, it appears, are prone to be extra open to making an attempt new issues for the Met Gala than for a standard purple carpet. “The Met Ball is such a high,” Ms. Roszak mentioned. “We really get to showcase our creativity in a major way.”
Mr. Fine added: “I’m a New Yorker. So this is an event that we own.”
The gathering this 12 months was the most important but, with a visitor record of greater than 70 and sponsorship by the e-commerce conglomerate Farfetch and the wonder retailer Violet Grey, which it simply acquired. To assist the artists, the sponsors paid for the dinner. And the lavatory was stocked with merchandise they’d chosen.
Ms. Greenwell had traveled from London and was excited to fulfill new faces. “I have no secrets,” she mentioned of sharing suggestions with youthful artists. “We all do makeup. We all do it differently.” Sir John was excited to see individuals who had mentored him. “It’s so good to be here and to see so many people that I used to assist,” he mentioned. “I’ll never forget Orlando Pita giving me the best advice.”
For many visitors, the dinner is a chance for neighborhood constructing. “We don’t get to see each other very often,” mentioned Ms. Stiles, who has attended the entire dinners. “Most of the time we only see each other on social media.”
Ms. Gerstein, who created ornate ombré nails for Ms. Lively, impressed by New York structure of the Gilded Age, spoke of the camaraderie. “I feel like some people think it’s a competition,” she mentioned. “I think it’s a team, no matter what.”
Between programs, Mr. Surratt provided a toast. “As a bullied queer kid, growing up in a town with one stop light and a grain elevator, I would ride the bus to school daydreaming about how I would one day make my way to New York City to be a part of the glamorous fashion world,” Mr. Surratt informed the room. “Somehow I knew there were kindred spirits out there and that I just had to find them. Thank you for being my tribe.”