New Beauty Breakdown: Christina Ricci at the Met Ball

Christina Ricci at the Met Ball
Christina Ricci at the Met Ball

Makeup by Kabuki

Christina Ricci looked I think, the best I have ever seen her at last week’s Met Ball. Wearing an incredibly dramatic black lace Zac Posen gown with a full, heart-stopping train, her hair and makeup were just perfection.

Makeup artist Kabuki (who is Kylie Minogue’s go-to makeup guy) was responsible for making the most of her elfin beauty. He said:

“Christina was great. I told her that I like to show off and she replied that she did too, so we were on the same page from the beginning. She said she wanted the eyes a bit on the strong side, like a silent movie actress. The make-up references from stylist Christopher Niquet were reminiscent of 19th century portraits, the women looked very misty and romantic…

The incredible gown had yet to arrive at the hotel room, but I had seen a picture of Christina in it – with no hair and make-up – and she looked like a million dollars.

So, with Christopher’s references, Christina’s request for strong eyes and that fabulous gown on my mind, I proceeded to design the make-up look. I wanted to continue the sheer effect of the transparent fabric of the gown into the make-up. I achieved this by layering shades of gray and beige shadow and using lots of black mascara.”

Here’s what he used:

Skin prep

  • NARS Aqua Gel Hydrator
  • Homeoplasmine on lips (an MM fave! From Paris pharmacies)


  • MyFace Mymix foundation in Fair 02


  • Myface Mymatch Powder in Fair


  • Contoured with Smashbox Bronze Lights Suntan Matte


  • Bamboom Paint by MAC all over lid
  • Myface Hi- Def Eye pencil in Black outlining the lash line, blended with a brush. Then blended the pencil into the crease outer corner.
  • Went over pencil lightly with a matte grey and beige eyeshadow from the Viseart Neutral Shadow palette.
  • Curled lashes with a Japonesque curler, and lots of Diorshow mascara.


  • Used a MAC Alcohol Mixing Medium to mix a colour combination from brown, black and grey Aqua colours by Kryolan, and then painting them on with fine strokes.


  • NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Pencil