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Met Gala beauty: Jessica Biel's grunge-style up-do and Claire Danes' smokin' makeup

May 4, 2010 | 11:00 am

Claire-danes-met-gala The beauty looks at Monday night's Costume Institute at the Museum of Metropolitan Art's annual gala were as fashion-forward as the Calvin Klein and Halston frocks peppering the red carpet.

Case in point: Claire Danes, who's usually so buttoned-up looking, showed up to the the ball in a gorgeous strapless gold Burberry gown with va-va-voom makeup to match. Gucci Westman, the makeup artist responsible for the look, said she kept teasing Danes with the phrase "Get the London look," that Kate Moss utters in Rimmel makeup ads.

"She was wearing Burberry, so we wanted to give her a cool British girl look," explained Westman, the global artistic director for Revlon, adding, "She was more about the eye than the lip." 

Westman used a metallic gray shadow on Danes' lids and under-eye area, with black liquid liner also on the top and bottom to look "a little bit smudgey and rock 'n' roll," she said.

And because Danes "has the kind of skin that looks really good pale, I enhanced it," said Westman, who used Revlon's Age Defying Spa Illuminator to add a photo-ready glow to her skin -- on her face, arms and clavicles. Danes' lips were dabbed with a light pink gloss from Westman's gloss collection for Revlon. The actress was thrilled with the results, said Westman. "She was like, 'Gucci, this makeup's sick.'"

Jessica Biel's grunge-inspired hairstyle, created by celebrity stylist Adir Abergel, was another stand-out -- one you either love or loathe (I loved it).

Jessica-biel-met-gala The undone-looking up-do was meant to evoke the easy, "disheveled" 'dos of Bridget Bardot, mixed with a '90s-style irreverence.  "I wanted a grungey all-American texture," said Abergel, who used Frederic Fekkai's Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel "to create great texture and base for hair."

After drying Biel's locks completely with his hands (not a round brush), Abergel created soft waves around her face using a 1 1/4-inch curling iron, which he wrapped around hair and "tugged on it while it was still hot to make it look like the curl was a few days old."

He further relaxed the curls by spraying them with Fekkai's Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray. The stylist ended up with a "very different texture than what we've been seeing." Abergel finished the style by taking the back section of the hair up into a high french twist, then pinning up random pieces that he almost "dreadlocked" by twisting together. The verdict? "She said she felt like herself, which is awesome."

--Emili Vesilind

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Top photo: Claire Danes. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images. Bottom photo: Jessica Biel. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

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