Gabrielle Union looks downright glamorous on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet. But creating such gorgeous glam was hours in the making—and makeup artist Fiona Stiles gave Marie Claire an exclusive look at how she got Union ready for the big night. While makeup certainly played a big role in the end, the Bring It On star's gorgeous glow kicked off with a pretty intense skincare routine.
“Making sure the skin is primed for makeup is essential to a gorgeous, glowing complexion,” Stiles says. A stellar lineup of serums, moisturizers, and sheet masks were imperative, but the most valued player came by way of the TheraFace Pro by TheraBody. The facial tool offers a multitude of treatments (eight to be exact)—and Stiles created the ultimate glow-inducing cocktail for Union.
First, she had the L.A.'s Finest actress use the conical percussive attachment around her jawline. “It relieves weeks of tension in minutes,” she tells us. “All of those muscles in your face are connected, and relaxing them, especially the muscles around your jaw, softens your whole face and relaxes the rest of your body as well.”
Once Union reached peak relaxation, it was time to tackle de-puffing with the cold ring attachment, which is ideal for the under-eye area. Then the hot ring, which helps open up the pores, came into play. “I put a Lancôme Advanced Genifique Hydrogel Melting Sheet Mask (opens in new tab) ($15) on Gabrielle and then used the heat attachment to massage her face, allowing the serum from the mask to deeply absorb into her skin,” Stiles explains. After letting all the hydrating ingredients work their magic, Stiles topped off the routine with hydrating, brightening skincare.
When it came to makeup, it was Lancôme products to the rescue. After creating a flawless base with Lancôme Tiente Idole Ultra Wear Foundation (opens in new tab), Stiles reached for the Dual Finish Highlighter (opens in new tab). "“I like to apply highlighter with the same sponge I used to apply foundation before it’s set, so it melts in with the skin and doesn’t sit on top of the skin," she says. "A makeup sponge with some product on it is key as it helps merge the two products.”
Fast forward through a hairstyling session with Larry Sims and slipping into a glitzy Versace gown, and Union made her way to the Met Gala red carpet.
Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.
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