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best of beauty : met costume institute gala 2010

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this past monday marked one of the biggest, most glamorous events in the fashion industry: the metropolitan museum of art's annual costume institute gala. heralded as the "east coast oscars," the CIG is where fashion's most prominent names -- as well as hollywood's leading actresses, the top models of the moment, magazine editors, and the countless others who keep the industry afloat -- gather to celebrate a style-centric exhibition on display at the met. this year, the exhibition is entitled american woman: fashioning a national identity, dedicated entirely to the trajectory of american style throughout history.

while the general consensus holds that the evening's attendees erred on the side of caution and played it safe with their sartorial choices (for those wondering, our picks for best-dressed included diane kruger, marion cotillard, naomi watts, anne hathaway, and lauren santo domingo), we were generally pleased with the hair and makeup looks. let's take a look at some of our favorites:

diane kruger's minimalistic center-parted low bun (the perfect complement to her calvin klein gown)

emma watson's textured, beachy waves

gisele's high, slicked back ponytail (a look also favored by blake lively)

mila kunis' unfussy updo and lilac eyeshadow

nicole richie's long-layered, voluminous bohemian waves and signature fringe

what do you think of our picks? was there anyone else who stood out to you? leave your opinions in the comments section!

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