How the makeup artist cre­ates her fresh­est looks


I don’t want to be bored when I look at my makeup kit. I want to be in­spired.”

“I WAS OBSESSED WITH MAKEUP at 10 years old,” says Pati Dubroff. “I re­mem­ber sit­ting in front of my mother’s mir­ror, cap­ti­vated by the po­tions. What­ever was there, I would put it on my­self, ask to put it on her, and even­tu­ally put it on all of my friends.” Dubroff, who works with stars like Priyanka Cho­pra Jonas and Kate Bos­worth, got her start be­hind the beauty counter at Bergdorf Good­man in New York City when she was a teen. From there she hus­tled to build her port­fo­lio, even tak­ing jobs on low-bud­get MTV mu­sic videos. “Shoots would go on for, like, 18 hours, and I would get paid $200 or $150,” she says. “I was just thrilled I was do­ing makeup!” It wasn’t long be­fore the driven young artist caught the at­ten­tion of in­dus­try giants like François Nars, who hired her as his first as­sis­tant on run­way shows for fash­ion houses like Valentino, Prada, and Marc Ja­cobs in the early ’90s. “The makeup that François would do was very re­lat­able to me,” she says. “It was [about] tak­ing a real woman and mak­ing her a bet­ter ver­sion of her­self. I re­ally cher­ish that.” To­day, the L.a.-based makeup pro is praised for en­hanc­ing her clients’ nat­u­ral beauty. “No one makes skin look bet­ter, health­ier, and hap­pier,” raves Laura Dern.

This sum­mer Dubroff also gen­er­ated buzz for cre­at­ing Mar­got Rob­bie’s warm, glowy looks on the Once Upon a Time in Hol­ly­wood press tour. “We al­ways try to come to Mar­got with a mood board that could be a step­pin­goff point with room to grow,” Dubroff says.

Her boards, like the one pic­tured at right, can fea­ture any­thing from clas­sic movie stars to light­ning bolts—as long as they evoke the right feel­ing.

Af­ter tak­ing a few days to recharge post–press tour (“I lit­er­ally stayed in a tent in Italy,” she says. “I hung out with goats, went on hikes, and swam”), Dubroff jumped back into action. She says she’s ex­cited by the “Eu­pho­ria ef­fect,” re­fer­ring to the HBO show known for its char­ac­ters’ dar­ing eye makeup. “I’m see­ing people re­ally have fun right now,” she says. “I love when people show up on a car­pet with some­thing a lit­tle bit edgy, a lit­tle bit un­ex­pected.”

Dubroff with Priyanka Cho­pra Jonas



Dubroff’s mood board

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