Pat Mcgrath Q&A

We talk to Pat Mcgrath, the world’s most in­flu­en­tial make-up artist…

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Where did the in­spi­ra­tion for your line, Pat Mcgrath Labs, come from? Labs is my op­por­tu­nity to share ev­ery­thing I have ever dreamed of, prod­uct and for­mu­la­wise, with the world. Labs is in­spired by my ob­ses­sion, in­spi­ra­tion and ad­dic­tion to beauty, fused with a pas­sion­ate de­sire to ex­per­i­ment. What beauty trick should every­one know? The inim­itable power of your fin­ger­tips. There is no tool, tech­nique, brush or ap­pli­ca­tor that will ap­ply make-up as or­gan­i­cally and flaw­lessly as the tip of your fin­ger. There is some­thing beau­ti­ful and un­match­able about the way the warmth of the hands af­fects prod­uct – whether it is adding pol­ish to your foun­da­tion or mak­ing a matte lipstick creamier and more blend­able. A brush can never match this. Ad­vice for bud­ding make-up artists? Prac­tise, prac­tise, prac­tise! Build­ing con­fi­dence in your tech­nique is key, be­cause you have to work quickly – a make-up artist is al­ways cre­at­ing and craft­ing new ideas. How did it feel when Gold 001 (the limited edi­tion gold pig­ment) sold out in the US? It was un­be­liev­able and com­pletely un­ex­pected. I truly had no idea what was go­ing to hap­pen, or how peo­ple would re­spond. I am al­ways ex­per­i­ment­ing with new for­mu­la­tions and, when I cre­ated that sump­tu­ous, molten metal­lic pig­ment, I was im­me­di­ately ad­dicted. If we could af­ford only one Pat Mcgrath Labs prod­uct, what should it be? Skin Fetish 003. This kit [made up of a balm, high­lighter and brush] rep­re­sents the foun­da­tion of ev­ery­thing I cre­ate. It is one of my most cov­eted tech­niques: my sig­na­ture lu­mi­nous ‘alien­gelic’ skin. Whether you de­sire a fresh, nat­u­ral glow or some­thing ethe­re­ally lu­mi­nes­cent, these three prod­ucts are ones I could never live with­out. Who is your most en­dur­ing beauty icon? I al­ways go back to punks and New Ro­man­tics. When I dis­cov­ered them – dur­ing my teenage years on the London club scene – they changed ev­ery­thing for me. Their rau­cous, un­con­ven­tional, un­apolo­getic style, their ut­ter back­lash against cul­tural norms and ex­pec­ta­tions – they were my in­spi­ra­tion for cre­at­ing with­out bound­aries. They taught me that make-up is the ul­ti­mate form of self-ex­pres­sion. My Pat Mcgrath Muses are my mod­ern beauty icons – in­cred­i­ble spir­its whose icon­o­clas­tic style and in­di­vid­u­al­ity light a spark in me. Di­ver­sity and eccentricity are the fu­ture of beauty and my muses over­turn beauty stan­dards. Hav­ing worked with the likes of Madonna, Naomi Camp­bell and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, whose face do you love paint­ing most? Each face is a fresh can­vas, a bound­less op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. I could never sin­gle out one in­di­vid­ual. What’s the best beauty tip you’ve learned? Em­brace make-up as a form of self­ex­pres­sion. The mo­ment you do that, ev­ery­thing changes. What’s in your in-flight beauty kit? Fly­ing is tax­ing on the body – the skin es­pe­cially – and hy­drated, well-nour­ished skin is the foun­da­tion to a flaw­less beauty look. Evian Fa­cial Spray in­fuses skin with in­stant mois­ture and fresh­ness, and un­der­neath I am al­ways ex­per­i­ment­ing with new mois­turis­ers. A few swipes across the high­est con­tours of the face and in the cor­ners of the eyes with Skin Fetish 003, and you’re good to go. How many air­plane hold bags are re­quired for your make-up kit? De­pend­ing on the show, I travel with up to 87 trunks. I leave noth­ing to chance. What do you rec­om­mend to the mod­els and ac­tresses you work with? Hy­dra­tion! No foun­da­tion, pow­der or skin­care prod­uct can nour­ish your skin from within, which is what proper hy­dra­tion does. I’m fa­nat­i­cal about drink­ing wa­ter in­fused with chloro­phyll, be­cause that is the purest way to care for the skin. Where do you go for headspace? I adore the FX Mayr Health Cen­ter in Aus­tria. Their treat­ments re­ju­ve­nate and re­store from the in­side out – it’s great af­ter fash­ion sea­son.

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