Pamela Anderson returns to makeup for Met Gala 2024: ‘The next incarnation of natural’

Pam’s mixing up her glam.

Pamela Anderson ditched the no-makeup look she’s been making headlines for over the past year, sporting glowing, natural cosmetics on the Met Gala 2024 red carpet Monday night.

The “Baywatch” alum, 56, looked ethereal in a blush-colored Oscar de la Renta dress and coordinating pale pink makeup as she glided up the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s steps.

She wore an Oscar de la Renta ballgown in a blush tone for her Met Gala debut. Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
The legendary makeup artist called the “Baywatch” alum “the next incarnation of natural.” Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
The Canadian star added a feathered headpiece to her undone updo to complete her glam. AFP via Getty Images

Anderson — who has gone cosmetics-free for everything from Paris Fashion Week to magazine covers in recent months — worked with iconic celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath to create her garden-inspired beauty look.

“Pam wanted to wear makeup again for the Met Gala, so we created a look that acknowledged her natural beauty but then took it to the next level,” McGrath said in a press release, explaining that the duo teamed up “to explore the next incarnation of natural.”

The makeup legend explained that the look was “an elevation of natural” and that Anderson wanted “to show how you can wear a full face of makeup but in a very fresh and beautiful way.”

Anderson caused a stir at Paris Fashion Week when she showed up without glam. Corbis via Getty Images
She attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party earlier this year with minimal makeup. Jojo Korsh/

To achieve her rosy look, McGrath — who described the overall aesthetic as “airy and lively, with a touch of fantasy — used her Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo ($50) in nude along with her brand’s Divine Cream Blush: Legendary Glow Color Balm ($29) and Lust Gloss ($29) in a yet-to-be-released pink shade.

Moving on to eyes, Anderson highlighted her features with shimmery pink shades from the Pat McGrath Mothership II palette ($128).

While getting painted by the legendary Pat McGrath is certainly an occasion in and of itself, Anderson appeared to revel in her Met Gala debut, posting a playful video running through Central Park with her dress billowing behind her after the star-studded event.

Anderson appeared to have a blast, running through the museum. pamelaanderson/Instagram
And she ended the night running dramatically through Central Park. pamelaanderson/Instagram

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Though she’s gone mostly makeup-free since the 2019 death of her beloved makeup artist, Anderson has also scored a beauty campaign, appearing in her signature smokey eye once again for Smashbox Cosmetics earlier this year.

But, she’s still focused on natural beauty — and even launched her own skincare brand.

“I think I’m happiest that I’ve ever been in my own skin,” she said in a 2023 interview with Vogue France.

“It’s what is inside the clothes that counts and I think beauty does come from within.”