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Kate, Liv and Stella's Pre-Party Ritual: Champagne, Makeup and Gossip!

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Good pals Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson and Stella McCartney not only worked the red carpet hand-in-hand at last night’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala, they also pre-gamed together. “We all got ready together, and literally it was like a hen night, you know? We wasted a lot of hours with drinking and gossiping,” McCartney told PEOPLE of her time spent styling the actresses in her custom designs earlier that afternoon. Tyler, who wore a delicate black mini-dress with a train, chimed in, “We have the little ritual where we meet at like 2 or 3 and we drink champagne and we do hair and makeup and we take pictures and gossip and have a great time and feel really grateful.” So were a lot of important style decisions made during this girly get-together? “We just sat all together and shared hair and makeup, and we’d kind of go, ‘Oh no, make your braid looser or tighter. We like that, we like this,'” said Tyler, referencing Hudson’s plaited hair–a chic accessory to her custom sweeping, off-the-shoulder blush gown. And though the three all wore Stella McCartney creations, their looks remained distinct. “[The dresses were] made for the girls, so they’re very much specific for them,” explained the designer. “I think you can kind of tell in the way they move and the way they’re wearing [them] is very much their personalities, which I think is important when you’re designing for people.” And though each one looked regal in her final dress, it was hard to tell which part was more fun: the pre-party or the gala itself? Joked Tyler, “We come here [to the ball] and we start sweating, and we’re like, ‘Oh no! I’m gonna trip! What do we do now?!'” –reporting by Suzanne Zuckerman

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