Houston Museum Of Natural Science Gala
It has been many moons since Justin and I got all gussied up and had a fancy evening out. His cousin invited us to the Houston Museum of Natural Science Gala benefiting the museum this year and ya’ll, it did not disappoint! I had never been to a gala before. All I knew is I needed hair, makeup and a dress. I ran straight to my bff’s house because she is a professional gala girl. She was in PR and used to attend 3-4 galas a year. She pulled out this show stopping Monique Lhullier gown and I almost died and went to Heaven. After picking my jaw up off the ground, I counted my blessings and sucked in with every last ounce I had. By golly that dress zipped! I mean, have you ever seen a more stunning dress? I tried to steal it from her but she came knocking for it this week and I had to hand it over.
I was seriously stressing about finding a makeup and hair person for this event. I had one weeks notice and pretty much every makeup and hair person was booked for a wedding. My hair guy has the best assistant around and she found one of the most talented makeup artists I’ve ever been to. Abbey with DuetDo’s is a makeup angel. I have had my hair and makeup done a lot over the years. The results 9 out of 10 times are lack luster. I end up running home to do my own hair or wash my face and redo my makeup. Abbey worked her magic and as a result I took 15 selfies of my makeup so I could attempt to recreate it at home (yeah right!). Lucky for you, she shared a few of her favorite makeup essentials with me!
I know your eyes just got wide and you thought WTF? Is she a molting? Abbey is a master at contouring. She SWEARS by the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea concealers for contouring. She dampens this makeup sponge and then blends the contour. I haven’t even touched my old beauty blender since purchasing this one. The best part is you get two per package!
It took me 5 shots to get one where I’m not laughing because I look like I’m about to compete in a drag queen show. This is called “baking.” Abbey sprinkles some of this powder into the lid. With her damp sponge she dabs it in the powder and then dabs it onto the face in the areas you want highlighted. Middle of forehead, under eyes, bridge of nose, sides of nose, lower jaw area. Sit back and let the powder “bake” onto your face for 10 minutes. Then, take a powder brush and brush any excess off. It was drizzling and 150% humidity in Houston on this night. I never once had to touch up my makeup.
Next, she used these highlighting drops on my nose and cheek bones to really make them pop. I have thin lips so she added some to the cupid’s bow of my upper lip to make them look bigger. Um Yes Please! What I loved is that she used a $5 drugstore lipstick! I have a million tubes of nude/neutral lipsticks and have never found one I loved. Of course Abbey put this $5 long lasting lipstick on and I adored it. The color I am wearing is Seduction.
Abbey’s Must Have Makeup