Pat Mcgrath In 24 Hours

The make-up artist’s daily rou­tine. 75 bags of prod­ucts 2,000 pairs of false eye­lashes 5 hours of sleep

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6AM The time­honoured say­ing “The early bird catches the worm” rings true for me. When I’m home in New York, I wake up early so I can check e-mails and call my Lon­don agent, and start my day with a cup of Ristretto cof­fee from my Ne­spresso ma­chine. 7.15AM I step into my heated black-tile bath­room to get ready for the day and run a hot bath. Next, I drink Juice Press Aloe Wa­ter to re­hy­drate, and I take David Kirsch Well­ness Co. Mus­cle Re­store. I’ve worked out with him once or twice, but his sup­ple­ments are be­yond. This one sup­ports mus­cle re­cov­ery and re­duces fa­tigue and sore­ness. I also love co­conut wa­ter from Juice Press, but one of my ab­so­lute favourite drinks is the all-green juice. It ben­e­fits the skin with the ul­ti­mate hy­dra­tion. We all know that’s the be­gin­ning of ev­ery­thing any­way, beau­ti­ful skin. 7.30AM My beauty reg­i­men is sim­ple but con­cise: I ex­fo­li­ate my face once a week, then cleanse. If my skin needs an ex­tra boost, I use SK-II Fa­cial Treat­ment Mask and SK-II Eye Mask for about 20 min­utes. It’s the best thing for a healthy, glow­ing com­plex­ion. My make-up rou­tine is a small amount of base, a mas­cara, nude eye­shadow, and a lip balm or a gloss. When I go out at night, I wear a blusher and tons and tons of mas­cara – very easy, very fresh, very light. I can’t sit around do­ing my own make-up all day – I wish I could. For fra­grance, I ap­ply a cus­tom blend of es­sen­tial oils and per­fumes. I love spritz­ing Michelle Ro­ques-O’Neil’s Re­store Ther­a­pie Aura Spray, which is an in­fu­sion that in­stantly re­builds your en­ergy. Then I dress in my sig­na­ture black out­fit. This usu­ally in­volves a head­band, a blouse, a cash­mere sweater from Lainey of Ire­land, and Lu­l­ule­mon pants. I top it all off with my Lor­raine Schwartz di­a­mond ear­rings and ban­gles and a jade ring I found in a mar­ket in China. I throw on cus­tom black New Bal­ance sneak­ers and off I go! I al­ways wear black; I’m so busy work­ing, and make-up gets quite messy. I use my fin­ger­tips in­stead of brushes; it cre­ates a bet­ter look and al­lows more con­trol over the pres­sure against the skin to blend us­ing the heat of my fin­ger­tips. The work we do is tough, you know! I’ve seen team mem­bers be­come paral­ysed for the whole day when some eye­shadow falls on them. And I know how that feels – you feel grimy, there’s pow­der and foun­da­tion on you. So at least with black, you can eas­ily dis­guise or wipe it off. It helps you look a lit­tle more pulled to­gether when you’re work­ing like crazy. I didn’t wear much make-up grow­ing up, but my mother was ob­sessed. She would take me shop­ping on the week­ends to search for new beauty prod­ucts. There wasn’t much out there for black skin, so we would mix colours to cre­ate the proper shade. Want­ing to im­prove the in­clu­sion of var­i­ous skin colours in make-up has been a huge mo­ti­va­tion in my ca­reer. I cur­rently work with Proc­ter & Gam­ble Beauty, CoverGirl, Max Fac­tor, and Dolce & Gab­bana. Each brand is unique and com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing the best prod­ucts, so I am al­ways en­sur­ing that their goals are kept in mind. 7.45AM Dur­ing Fash­ion Weeks, I typ­i­cally work with any­where from 30 to 50 as­sis­tants, all of whom are ex­tremely tal­ented and quick-handed. We nor­mally travel with up to 75 bags loaded with ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts, so that we are pre­pared in any sit­u­a­tion. Think 2,000 pairs of false eye­lashes, 50 shades of foun­da­tion, pow­ders, lip­sticks, glosses, glit­ter, se­quins, body make-up, rhine­stones, la­tex, and masks. To top it off, we also bring a li­brary of ref­er­ence

books for beauty in­spi­ra­tion.

When I’m trav­el­ling to and from shows, it’s quite a spec­ta­cle: We usu­ally book two vans, a car, and three mo­tor­cy­cles in case we need to dart in and out of traf­fic. Fash­ion waits for no one! 9AM My days are full of cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­tense team­work. I am blessed to work with the best hair­styl­ists, ed­i­tors, pub­li­ca­tions, mod­els, and de­sign­ers. I met Steven Meisel in the early ’90s, and we have a very spe­cial friend­ship and lots of crazy mem­o­ries. One photo shoot we had such ex­treme heat that the make-up melted and we had to use a por­ta­ble ice­box to save the lip­sticks! 1PM Lunch is served. I usu­ally bring my own, which con­sists of lentil soup, a tuna salad, or a grilled fish dish. 6PM Shoot­ing typ­i­cally wraps around this time, and I head back home in my car. When I leave, I make sure I have all my de­vices. It’s quite a feat keep­ing track of my Black­Berry, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5, but I love them all! I have this app called Zinio, where you can buy and read all your mag­a­zines on your iPhone. I’m ob­sessed with ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­ri­ors, dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines. 6.15PM When I ar­rive home, I turn on the BBC to catch up on the news. Most evenings, be­fore din­ner or go­ing out to meet friends, I fin­ish up any additional projects I am work­ing on, such as tak­ing in­ter­views, test­ing new make-up, cre­at­ing face charts, colour test­ing, or re­view­ing im­ages from my li­brary of art and fash­ion books. 8.30PM If I’m hav­ing din­ner at home, I usu­ally have grilled sea bass with fen­nel, colourful veg­eta­bles, and quinoa. I love dark choco­late. I’ve got a thing for Lindt 70% – I’m get­ting ready for 85%. I have a lot of in­dul­gences, but that’s not what I’m do­ing at the mo­ment. I like to stay at home and re­lax or have din­ner out with friends, though I don’t count that as “re­lax­ing” be­cause I’m run­ning every­where. If I have din­ner plans or want to go out for a drink, I make reser­va­tions at dif­fer­ent restaurants in the city. I adore Sant Am­broeus, Omar’s La Ranita, Crown, the Waverly Inn, and the Mark Restau­rant by Jean-Ge­orges. I al­ways carry a few go-to beauty es­sen­tials: mas­cara, foun­da­tion, lip­stick, eye­liner, and lip balm. A few of my favourites are CoverGirl Bomb­shell Vol­ume Mas­cara and Dolce & Gab­bana Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Strom­boli. 10PM I try to get home by this time to un­wind with a re­lax­ing bath. I love spas, but I rarely go any­more. I haven’t been to the Man­darin Ori­en­tal for about 900 years. I add a cap­ful of Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates in Re­lax Deep to my bath for a calm and rest­ful night. I also use prod­ucts from Santa Maria Novella; the Gar­de­nia Milk Soap is lux­u­ri­ous and in­stantly softens your skin, and the Idra­sol body cream smells be­yond de­li­cious. Re­ally, it’s amaz­ing. Fi­nally, a bath is not com­plete with­out Diptyque or Agraria can­dles. 10.30PM Friends rave about my com­fort­able sofa. It’s fa­mous. I curl up on it to catch up on episodes of Mad Men, Scan­dal, The Good Wife, Down­ton Abbey, or Game of Thrones. Also, I’ve been known to shop on­line – Polyvore, Net-a-Porter, Shop­Style. I look for shoes at Saks and Bergdorf Good­man on­line. I may wear black most of the time, but ev­ery­body sells black. 11PM I check my agenda for the next day and re­view my ten­ta­tive sched­ule. 12AM If

I’m lucky, I am in bed by mid­night and get at least five hours of sleep.


e usu­ally book two vans, a car, and three mo­tor­cy­cles in case we need to dart in and out of traf­fic. Fash­ion waits for no one!” – Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath back­stage at Tommy Hil­figer

Dior Spring/ Sum­mer ’14

Gucci Spring/ Sum­mer ’14

Dolce & Gab­bana Spring/ Sum­mer ’14

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