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Met Gala Beauty: Eye Strobing Is the New Cheek Strobing

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Everyone knows that tech means the future and the future means robots and robots are shiny! That was, at least, the apparent thought process behind the makeup at the Met Gala on Monday night. The evening's Fashion in an Age of Technology theme led to shiny faces and even shinier eyes.

Pat McGrath, whose buzzy new highlighter Skin Fetish 003 goes on sale at Sephora on May 10, set the tone by strobing the faces of an army of model robots with her magical shimmer, and many attendees followed suit. In addition to dozens of gleaming cheeks, artists also broke out their silver eye shadow, liberally applying it to the inner creases of the eye in what I am officially dubbing "eye strobing." Makeup artists often put a white shimmer on the inner crease to make people look more awake, but in this case it's clearly to make them look more like droids. Behold:

Rita Ora

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She even continued this shiny theme to flash tats in her hair.

Jessica Hart

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Beware her steely gaze.

Elle Fanning

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Subtle, but still shiny.

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Her eyes are shining brightly, possibly because of whatever Alessandra Ambrosio is saying behind her. (But probably because of all the silver pigment.)

Lara Stone

lara stone Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Smoky and silver do not have to be mutually exclusive

Hailey Baldwin

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A touch of gleam.

Olivia Wilde

olivia wilde Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Her eyes are as shiny as her choker.

Kristen Stewart

kstew Photo: Larry Busacca

These might be actual strips of metal on her eyes.