Gabrielle Union hit the Met Gala pink carpet serving shimmery baroque inspired disco handmaiden realness. The form fitting Peter Dundas look was expectational all on its own, but it was the beauty looked created by Fiona Stiles that put a sleek touch into the camp.
“When I saw the outfit, I had 3 specific sources for inspo,” said Stiles in a statement to HelloBeautiful. She initially thought that the look would pay homage to the drama of disco sirens, Diana Ross and Donna Summer but when she saw Union slip into the gown and elbow length gloves, she had a vision of a silver sheathed warrior.
“As we got closer and I saw the fitting and saw it on her we thought Eartha Kitt, sixties diva, beautiful, strong,” Stiles continued. Conjure her magic for your next special occasion with the picks below.
A strong look starts out with clean and clear skin. Stiles used AVYA Gentle Cleanser ($40.00, avyaskincare.com) to calm Union’s skin with Tumeric and Witch Hazel before she began to build the look. Treat yourself to eyes as bright as the captain of the East Side Clovers with loved AVYA Eye Bright Cream w/ Caffeine ($75, avyaskincare.com). Add to the opulence with the supple AVYA Anti-Aging Power Serum w/ vitamin C ($110, avyaskincare.com). Layer it beneath the AVYA Day Moisturizer ($85, avyaskincare.com) like Stiles did to ensure the smoothest possible texture as a base for your foundation.
Pop out with a face full of Fenty! Mix your true match and your highlight shade in Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation to address every angle ($35, fentybeauty.com). Add the Fenty Pro Filt’r Concealer ($26,00, fentybeauty.com), which bends without creasing so that you smile or laugh without wrecking your face. Play with dimension using Fenty Loose Setting Powder ($32, fentybeauty.com) before adding color.
After using Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate ($85, tomford.com) to contour Stiles painted Union’s cheeks with Clinique Cheek Pop in “cola pop” as a “a nod to Grace Jones.” Stiles choose Lancome Sourcil Gel in Noir ($24, lancome-usa.com) to draw out Union’s brows. She played with texture by choosing radiant mousse shadow in “chocolate diamond” and “24k gold” from Dome Beauty ($25, DomeBeauty.com) on the lids. She matched the satiny ink tone of the gloves by lining the eyes with the Dome Beauty Black Gel Eyeliner in “Blackout” ($23, DomeBeauty.com).
Tom Ford “Bare” ($55, neimanmarcus.com) allowed the focus to remain on Union’s eyes.
Pick up a pair of luxe lashes coat them in Dome Beauty Black Magic Magnetic Mascara in “Black Magic” ($22, DomeBeauty.com) before gluing a rhinestone to your eye’s inner corner and stepping into your own high fashion moment.
Invest in quality products that will make you feel as luxurious like FARMACY Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser ($28, sephora.com). Follow up by picking a potent vitamin C serum that will leave half the impact on your pockets from Urban Skin RX ($58, urbanskinrx.com). Couple it with the hyaluronic acid filled OLAY Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel ($29.99, ulta.com ). Layer it beneath KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Ultra Facial Cream ($30, ulta.com).
It may not have made its way into any Tyga lyrics but NYX Professional Makeup’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation ($14.99, CVS.com) is a solid option. Pair it with the Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer ($8.50, NYX.com). Shape your cheeks with the Morphe 8L Lo-Fi Sculpt & Shimmer Palette ($25, ulta.com). Look to Stick with a classic by choosing Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18, sephora.com). Ben Nye Ebony Face Powder ($11.00, makeupmania.com) is foolproof.
Clinique Lid Pop ($18.00, sephora.com) is extremely bendable and INGLOT AMC Eyeliner Gel ($16.00, macys.com) so you can control them even if you don’t have a professional’s brush control. Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara ($15.00, Macys.com) is the perfect high intensity anti-clumping choice for all day occasions like weddings.
Brand Nude Matte Lipstick ($18, mented.com) looks great on all skin tones.
If you want to experiment without commitment cheap is always the way to go but opting for a lower cost doesn’t mean giving up on making choices about ingredient. Neem Turmeric Facial cleanser is clarifying and nurturing ($11.99, Amazon.com). MARIO BADESCU Hyaluronic Eye Cream is a cult favorite for a reason ($18.00, mariobadescu.com). Grab some Pixi Skintreats Overnight Glow Serum ($24.00, Target.com) on your next target run. Try Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ($12, lordandtaylor.com) to get the same shine as your favorite celebrities.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation ($5.99, Target.com) mimics texture the get the perfect match. L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer ($4.99, Ulta.com) goes on sheer and has an extensive color range. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder ($4.39, Target.com) is buildable.
Black Radiance® True Complexion™ Contour Palette ($8.49,BlackRadiance.com) defines without overpowering. The highlighter can double as a blush. E.l.f. cosmetics eyeliner ($3.00, elf.com) is as smudge-proof, budge-proof and water-resistant as formulas five times the price.
Much like Gabrielle Union’s skin NYX Professional Makeup Matte lipstick ($4.20, ulta.com) doesn’t crack. Try it in the brown girl friendly ‘Maison’.