The Making of a Met Ball Beauty

The Making of a Met Ball Beauty

The Met Ball is highly regarded as the “Oscar’s for fashion” so naturally the who’s-who of the fashion industry shows up wearing their fashion finest. Last night, everyone from Gywneth Paltrow, Mary-Kate Olsen, Alexa Chung, Gisele, Karolina Kurkova – and so many more – gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2012 Costume Institute Gala honoring Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

One such lucky Met Ball attendee was Vogue Booking’s Editor Valerie Boster. Valerie is a very good friend of mine so when she asked that I do her makeup for the gala, I was… to put it mildly, flattered. And, of course, I documented the steps to share with you. So, here it is: the making of a Met Ball Beauty.

Valerie Boster, Vogue Bookings Editor.
Dress: Jason Wu
Hair: Pierre Michel (a side pony with lift at the roots and an intricate criss cross design in the back).
Makeup: Sarah Howard (focus on eyes with a a bronzy complexion. We were going for a contemporary spin on the 1960s cat eye).

Step 1: I prepped the face with Chanel’s Hydramax + Active and spot treated really dry areas with Make Up For Ever’s HD Elixir.

Step 2: I combined Dolce + Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation with Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and a pump of Burberry’s Fresh Glow. I mixed all three together and applied to the face with a foundation brush. (I’m all about blending, mixing, and layering!)

Step 3: I applied spot treat under eye circles and areas that need added coverage with RMS “Un” Cover-Up.

Step 4: I used Smashbox Eye Shadow in Sand to the entire lid, from lash line to brow bone. This is an eggshell white color. It opens eyes and covers all uneven skin tone all the eyelid.

Step 5: Now that the skin has had some time to dry, I dusted Serge Lutens Blusher, which is actually the perfect shade of matte bronzer, over the face, focusing on areas that would look naturally sun-kissed: cheeks, mainly, with a light sweep on forehead and chin.

Step 5: Using a blush brush, I applied Kevyn Aucoin’s The Creamy Glow in Liquifuschia to the cheeks. This is the perfect pink to bring life into the cheeks.

Step 6: Back to the eyes, I used tarte’s emphasEyes Clay Shadow Stick in Bronze and applied to the top lash line, smudging up and out (but not smoking), and lightly to the bottom lash line, smudging some more. This product is amazing because it is one part cream shadow, one part eye pencil so it is efficiently malleable.

Step 7: The cat eye. I used my go to liquid liner, Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black. Waterproof is essential to ensure all evening wear. For a video tutorial on how to do a vat eye, click HERE.

Step 8: I applied St. Tropez Skin Illuminator to areas of the face that I wanted to accentuate: cheek bones, bridge of nose, above the lip, and then a light pat all over the face.

Step 8: I layered Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Provocative on top of the Kevyn Aucoin cream blush, again to ensure lasting abilities.

Step 9: I applied tarte EmphasEyes High Definition Eye Pencil in Dark Brown to the lower water line. This brings out Valerie’s green eyes.

Step 10: Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Lashes in Black was used for the top lashes, paying extra attention to the outer lashes. This increases that batty lash look.

Step 11: Finally, I swept MAC’s Extra Diminish Skinfinish Superb, a shimmery rose-bonze face powder over cheeks, nose and décolleté for a goddess finish.

RULE OF THUMB: When layering products, always use a cream before powder. Powder adheres to cream.

Dry Lips: To ready Valerie’s lips for a night of smiles, we had to get rid of the dead skin (her lips were very chapped). I had her scrub with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish for a good five minutes and, as you can see below, lips were perfectly smooth and flake-free.

*Valerie used her own lipstick but we agree on a “French pink” pout (in between bubble gum pink and barely there pink).


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