Time to raise the red lantern—it was thick, dark and straight-to-the-point power brows all round at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute fundraising gala, with Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Jennifer Conelly blazing a trail down the crimson carpet in New York.

There were plenty of impressive examples of how to rock a red lip that evening, particularly Jessica Chastain, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kate Hudson: all three sported a vintage Hollywood pout to balance out their shimmering metallic gowns and anchor their creamy complexions. Claire Danes, Lily Aldridge and Adriana Lima, meanwhile, upped the vamp factor with a scorching dark lacquered lip.

Imogen Poots and Jennifer Lopez both took the risk of attempting a smokey pink-red eye, either at the corners of the eyelid or generously dusted around the eye socket (the jury's still out on this look, to be honest). Meanwhile, Amal Clooney and Rose Byrne managed to stay looking sophisticated in glittery coral eyeshadow - which we're sure you'll agree is no mean feat.

Straight, slicked-down hair with a centre parting set the pace at the Met Gala, with Miranda Kerr, Behati Prinsloo, Rita Ora and Bee Shaffer showcasing sleek, picture-perfect 'dos, although Katie Holmes' dipped bob won points for its clever nod to 1930s actress Anna May Wong - Hollywood's first Asian-American movie star.

Cara Delevingne's temporary tattoos with motifs of cherry blossom, birds and Chinese fans (painstakingly applied by cult inker Bang Bang) may have taken Met Gala makeup to the next level, but Lady Gaga deserves a special mention for her Chinese opera-inspired look, with slanted brows, porcelain-smooth skin and angular pink blush strokes.

Then there was Beyoncé, who made a last-minute change from an Asian-inspired chignon to a stratospherically high ponytail, even though it meant she was the last to arrive on the red carpet. Well, there really is only one Empress B...

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