MUA Tobi Henney Just Told Us What Really Goes Into Met Gala Beauty Prep

If you're dying to know exactly what's involved in Met Gala beauty prep, you've come to the right place.В Australian makeup artist Tobi Henney worked withВ Talita Von Frustenberg (Diane Von Furstenberg's granddaughter), and was kind enough to walk us through every step of the day, from locations, to skin prep, to the choice of highlighter.В

So, if you want to know all of the in's and out's of Met Gala prep, look no further.


What's it like to work on the Met Gala?

The Met Gala has certainly been one of the most exciting jobs to date in my career. The anticipation from seeing the dress, to working with such an amazing brand, Diane Von Fursteburg, made it very surreal and exciting. My client Talita Von Furstenberg is Diane's granddaughter and the young muse of the brand. She was an absolute delight to work with and we have the same makeup style which definitely made it so much more rewarding-she chose a very natural and glowing look, which was stunning in the end.

Where about's did all of the prep take place?В

I got Talita ready at the DVF studio in the Meatpacking District. Her dress wasВ quite large and had 130m of tulle and over 300 Swarovski crystals hand sewn into theВ entire gown, so we need a lot of space for her to get dressed. Diane was getting ready upstairs and her cousin was also getting ready to attend with her. Once the three were ready, they went off in cars to meet the otherВ guestsВ of the DVF brand-Taylor Hill and Jordan Dunn-before hitting the red carpet. The life, right?В

How did you prep Talita's skin before makeup?

I used Koh Gen DoВ Cleansing Spa WaterВ ($49) to cleanse the skin, Caudalie Beauty Elixir MistВ ($76), La MerВ Soft CremeВ ($665) as a moisturiser, andВ Eye BalmВ ($285) for hydration. I love Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com to prep the lips. I also gave Talita an amazing face massage to ensure he skin was plump, hydrated and ready to apply makeup.

How do you decide on the makeup look? Did you work with Talita?

DVF had sent me some beauty reference looks, along with pictures of Talita's incredible gown. I also made a mood board so I knew what I wanted to create. Talita and I had a discussion before we started the makeup about what she felt comfortable with, and we decided to keep it super fresh and light on the eyes with touch of pink on the lips and cheeks.В

I also drew on my own inspiration around the theme, 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'. I wanted the look like something dreamy and angelic, but still have slight definition around the eyes to give the look depth on the red carpet. I chose to keep the palette in cool tones, warm bronzes, and cool golds to compliment the sky blue gown.

What makeup products did you use to achieve the finished look?В В

I primed with Laura MercierВ Radiance Primer ($50),В then applied Giorgio ArmaniВ Luminous Silk foundation ($99) using a beauty blender. Next, I used Nars Radiant Creamy ConcealerВ ($44), and Laura MercierВ Translucent PowderВ ($62) to set. Fill in the Brows using Lorac ProВ Brow PencilВ ($27) and set in place with Mac Cosmetics Brow GelВ ($33). For eyes, I primed them with Mac Cosmetics Indian Wood Paint PotВ ($36). For eyes, I used the Charlotte Tilbury GoldenВ GoddessВ PaletteВ ($80), focusing on smoking out the crease only in theВ bronzeВ shade. To highlight the inner eye and brow bone, I opted for CharlotteВ Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and GlowВ ($97). I curled the lashes, and then appled lashings of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir MascaraВ ($39). To contour and highlight, I swear by Tom FordВ Shade and IlluminateВ ($125) and, NarsВ Laguna BronzerВ ($58) to warm up the skin. For cheeks, I used Tom Ford blush in SublimatesВ ($125). I highlighted talita's collar bones with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne PopВ ($64).В ForВ the lips, I lined them with CharlotteВ TilburyВ Lip CheatВ ($35) and added Pillow Talk LipstickВ ($49). I added BeccaВ Glow Gloss in Rose QuartzВ ($38) to finish the lip look.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector $64ShopCharlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Eyeshadow Palette $80ShopNars Radiant Creamy Concealer $44Shop