Believe it or not, I was only told by my agent in NYC that I had been booked for the Met Gala around two weeks before the event.
The client: Talita Von Furstenberg, grand daughter of Diane Von Furstenberg, who is one of the most well known NYC-based fashion designers in the U.S.
I would be working with the DVF team to create a makeup look for Talita, who turned 19 today, on the day of the Met Gala. Not a bad way to spend a birthday.
Here are some of the wildest looks from Met Galas gone by. Post continues after video.
Preparing for the Met Gala
Over the weekend, just two days out from Met Gala I was anticipating what the gown would look like.
On Saturday afternoon my agent had emailed and in my inbox I had the mood board with pictures of the incredible sky blue dress with extended train. It was magical and angelic all in one.
The makeup references were very Charlotte Tilbury-esque and I was thrilled that my first Met Gala makeup would suit the fresh and luminous beauty style I’m known for creating.
One day out from event I started to organise my makeup kit to ensure I had every bronze palette, highlighter and dewy product I could possibly have on me… just in case.
I made a mood board to tie in with the theme - Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
I was all set for one of the biggest and most exciting nights in my career to date.
On the day of the Met Gala
On the day of the event my start time was 3pm and we were getting ready at the DVF studio in the heart of NYC's Meat Packing district.
Talita's gown had 130 meters of tulle and was encrusted with over 300 swarovski crystals which had been hand-sewn into the gown.
Chief Design Officer of DVF, Nathan Jenden, had said the creative behind the gown was based on purity and the Virgin Mary.
Talita's hair was done with soft waves by hair stylist Genevieve Cook before we began the process of makeup, which took in total around an hour.
Talita's Met Gala beauty look
I created Talita's Beauty look using some of my hero products which I knew would look amazing on the red carpet. I ensure her skin was prepped with the best products to keep her skin hydrated.
My favourite mascara right now is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir and we used several coats for a gorgeous natural lash look.
We finished with a hint of pink on the cheeks and lips.
Once Talita's beauty look was completed she stepped into the dress for the final fitting and check before her grandmother, Diane herself, came out dressed and ready to head to the event.
It was a fun few hours at the DVF studio which I will never forget.
Tobi Henney is an Australian celebrity makeup artist based in new York. You can follow Tobi's work on Instagram and the Tobi Makeup website, and watch her latest makeup tutorials over on her YouTube channel.
P.S. Clare Stephens speaks candidly about how a week on the red carpet changed the way she feels about her body below.