Whether it’s breakout stars, supermodels or the Hollywood elite, every year on the first Monday of May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art put on the ultimate red carpet showcase: The Met Gala. Generously stacked with striking couture gowns, twinkling accessories and remarkable beauty makeovers, we watch the Met’s illustrious annual costume ball in complete and utter awe. For fashion fans, the event is like Christmas.

Since 1948, the Met Gala has served up many an eye-catching beauty transformation (we don’t use the term ‘transformation’ lightly, either). Armed with fashion’s most coveted designers and a strict conceptual theme, the highly anticipated red carpet has seen bold, otherworldly hair colours, bleached brows, embellished false lashes and accessories we’re still talking about nearly ten years later.

From high camp maximalist manicures to standout celebrity hair moments, see below for some of the best Met Gala beauty looks of all time.