Rachel Sennot's Met Gala Glam Was Inspired by a "Whimsical Journey Through Spring"

With an edgy twist, of course.

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The films Bottoms, Ayo and Rachel Are Single, and The Idol all made me love Rachel Sennot. But the actress’ 2024 Met Gala makeup made me really love a good tightline. To complement the “garden in time" dress code this year, the actress teamed with makeup artist Lilly Keys to create what can only be described as a "whimsical journey through Spring—with a captivating contrast."

"We're shifting towards simpler, fresher makeup, using multi-use products that are easier to use," Keys exclusively tells Marie Claire about her approach to Sennot's beauty look, which was executed using a full range of Iconic London products. "This year, I predict more of us will be topping off our barely-there base with impactful smudgy liner or eyeshadow."

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Keys drafted Sennot's makeup look ahead of the big day.

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So, that's exactly what she created for the biggest the red carpet of the year. Keys opted for a "doll blush skin flush" using Silk Glow Duo in Rose Glow and Kissed by the Sun Multiuse Cheek Glow in So Cheeky. The light and airy aesthetic was then juxtaposed with a strong tightline and heavy mascara courtesy of Triple Threat Mascara, Smoky Eye Duo Kajal in black, and Elevate Eyeliner.

While Sennot seemingly kept her hair pretty simple in a slicked-back ponytail, it was actually a bit of an experiment. It just so happens that this is the first time the actress has styled her new haircut for a red carpet event. Just last month, she took to Instagram to share a hair transformation. “A bob changes everything,” she captioned a photo of her fresh haircut.

Here’s to more beauty experimentation from Sennot. Who knows, maybe her after-party glam will surprise us.

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Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.