At the Met Gala 2018 on Monday night, many of the biggest names in the makeup industry teamed up with some of the biggest celebrities to create gilded and bejeweled looks to fit the night’s theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Model Natasha Poly took a completely different route, though. Instead of calling upon a professional makeup artist for the Met Ball, she did her own makeup, just as she typically does. We got to document the process before Poly walked the red carpet.
Prior to diving into the creation of her sculpted-yet-glowy look, Poly prepped her skin with an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. She then followed it up with Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer, which doubles as a face primer, and a smear of the brand’s Balm Dotcom on her lips.
Once her skin was set, she moved onto blending Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, which has a matte finish, all over her face. Next, she mixed Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Pen with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage before dabbing it under her eyes, around her nose, along with the bridge of her nose, and on her cheekbones to add brightness and even out her skin tone.
With her base complete, Poly filled in her brows next with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, which helped give her naturally thick arches some definition. Then, she got to the fun part: contouring. Poly says the key to her natural-looking contour is “finding the perfect color for your skin type that looks natural.” In her case, it’s Givenchy’s Healthy Glow Bronzer. She swept it along the hollows of her cheeks, around her hairline and temples, as well as along her jawline. Next, she added a flush of a rosy Nars blush to the apples of her cheeks and highlighted the high points of her face, including the middle of her chin, with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone. Poly says this was a must-have product for accomplishing her luminous look, which was inspired by icons from Eastern Orthodox churches, in case you were wondering.
For her eyes, Poly laid out a bunch of palettes to dip into, but she found herself gravitating toward the Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Eyeshadow Palette most. (Honestly, I’ve been personally been doing the same a lot lately. The balance of neutrals and reds is amazing, and it’s pretty affordable.) She patted a shimmery champagne shadow from it all over her lids. Next, she coated a thin brush in a dark brown shade from the palette and ran it along her upper and lower lash lines like eyeliner. Then, she finished off her eyes with Benefit’s beloved They’re Real Mascara.
On her lips, Poly surprisingly didn’t use a nude lipstick. All she did was completely fill in her lips with the Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Minimal, which is formulated with jojoba oil for a smooth glide and non-drying finish.
Of all the over-the-top looks from this year’s Met Gala, Poly’s may just be the easiest to pull off today, tomorrow, or for your next big event.
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Now, watch Natasha Poly do her makeup for last year’s Met Gala:
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