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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Luar’s Postcard From The Met Gala


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I went to my second Met Gala! It’s so thrilling and enjoyable to go as a result of the evening is all the time surprising. You don’t know who’s going as a result of nobody desires to let you know who they’re taking. Nevertheless it’s thrilling to see my friends and what they’ve labored on. It’s type of like a reunion in a manner. We get to hang around and snigger and spill some tea. Nonetheless, it’s so scary strolling up the Met steps. It’s such an extended stroll, and I’m all the time anxious I’m going to journey or the photographers will get a loopy shot of me.

Once I learn that the theme and gown code this yr was ‘Backyard of Time,’ I considered how the Costume Institute is bringing out these attractive clothes which are so fragile they will break, and naturally, I considered flowers. I dressed Lil Nas X this yr, and he was type of like my flower. He had a peplum second encrusted in 56,000 Swarovski crystals and three,000 coated buttons on his swimsuit, pants, and prime. It was very tailor-made, very polished, and really stylish. It took a minute to make. My look was a little bit bit extra demure. It had plenty of coated buttons, too, with an extended sash.

luar at met

I labored for MAC for years; she was a counter lady as soon as upon a time. However I’ve all the time been a magnificence lady. My mother has all the time been an enormous inspo. I imply, she’s very Latina. She takes care of her pores and skin, and I’ve all the time needed to emulate that. I’m like, ‘Lady, I’m not attempting to age both. I’m attempting to be Benjamin Button.’ That’s all to say I used quite a bit to prep for the Met, however first, I bought a facial with Jordan Esposito from Barbara Sturm.

I nonetheless use MAC Prep + Prime Repair+—I maintain it within the fridge. I sprayed that on in the beginning. Then I went in with my serums. The Dr. Barbara Sturm Exoso-Metic face serum is absolutely cute. It’s a extremely intense face serum that helps rejuvenate the pores and skin and offers you a extremely stunning glow. I additionally love the iS Medical Professional-Heal serum, Dr. Barbara Sturm eye cream, Marco Castro Amazonicoil hybrid serum, and Peter Thomas Roth Water moisturizer. As I went in, I had the MAC Squirt Plumping Gloss Stick in Simulation, a nude, on my lips.

After skincare, I went in with my make-up. I don’t wish to look too performed up; I wish to appear like I didn’t put something on. I like to combine the Glossier Stretch Concealer with Glossier’s Futuredew so it appears to be like actually pure, and yo, that shit appears to be like good. I don’t wish to look matte, and the combo is absolutely dewy. Then I put the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz on my cheekbones. It makes you tremendous glowy however not in a foul manner. A variety of highlighters make me look nuts. I put a little bit little bit of the JLo Magnificence That Star Filter Complexion Booster on prime of my cheekbones, too, proper over the Haloscope. I set my face with the MAC Repair+ Keep Over Setting Spray.

For my brows and mustache, I used the MAC Definer forehead pencil in Spiked. Giselle B. at Humorous Faces in Williamsburg laminates my brows each 5 weeks, so that they don’t want a lot, however I actually need them to stay down. I truly like Göt2b Glued for them as a substitute of a forehead gel. I comb it via with a little bit child hair comb. To form my beard, I like RED by Kiss Tintation momentary hair shade spray in Medium Brown.

I combined Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Tremendous anti-aging physique serum with the Glossier Physique Hero oil mist. I don’t need my face to look tremendous cute and glowy after which have my physique look dry, so I added within the Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Cream. It moisturizes you want loopy.

I’m very Dominican, so I would like a recent fade earlier than I step out wherever. It’s a really traditional type of Latino-ism. [Laughs] I bought one performed early within the morning by Ariel Rodriguez, who additionally reduce my hair for the Met final yr. He’s superb. And Naomi Yasuda did my nails. I went for a traditional clear polish as a result of I like my nails to appear like glass.

I bought L’Artisan Parfumeur Contes du Levant in Marrakesh some time in the past. It has pink pepper, rose, and patchouli. I put on this fragrance for particular events as a result of it’s a little bit sturdy and I wish to make folks really feel disturbed, like I would like folks to say, ‘Oh, there she goes’ after I stroll by and so they can scent me. They usually did.

Love,
Raul

—As informed to Daise Bedolla

Photographed by Alexandra Genova on the Soho Home New York on Might 6, 2024. Embedded picture through Getty.



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