THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

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You don’t really enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You are consumed by it, and in pieces. It’s cacophonous, unending, perpetually self-editing, almost as vast and ungraspable as the ocean.

 
 

One approach is to stare down a detailed map, circle notable works, and make a tense scavenger hung of reaching them all. We much prefer to be taken by the current, to step into a room let whim act as a navigational star.

At times, this means being swept away with the foot traffic of a crowd – accidentally listening in on a lecture, watching sketch artists focus intensely, or stumbling upon a masterpiece with a solemn group gathered in reverence. Other times, it means swimming against the current – turning towards contrastingly deserted side corridors and having a curated oasis reveal itself, in this moment, just to you.

 

In this feature on the Met, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite such moments – gilded rooms with manmade sun streaming through the windows, sumptuous silk fabrics covering walls, stoic figures emerging from stone, and impossible divergent details converging into a perfect whole. We’ve also collected a group of lip colors inspired by each space, to work in harmony with your own ebb and flow.




 
  


GOLDEN GRASSE

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1. Liquid Lipstick | Starfish , 2. Lip Gloss | Gilded, 3. Lip Gloss | Sunscape

 
 

PALATIAL DREAMS

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1. Matte Lipstick | Brandy, 2. Matte Lipstick | Dread, 3. Matte Lipstick | Resin

 
 

SCULPTED FICTIONS

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1. Matte Lipstick | Nude, 2. Lip Gloss | Freya, 3. Lip Gloss | Tara

 
 

BAROQUE BEAUTÉ

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1. Liquid Lipstick | Ashton, 2. Lip Gloss | Undressed, 3. Lip Gloss | Estella

 
 

ARABESQUE TERRAIN

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1. Liquid Lipstick | Insomniac, 2. Matte Lipstick | Rust, 3. Lipstick | Malt