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Pat McGrath, Bag Lady


Pat McGrath has been busy since the Fall shows ended in March. In addition to schooling us in the art of bronzer and spider lashes, the famed face painter has been hard at work consulting on color collections for both Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup and CoverGirl. Somewhere in between, she also managed to design a new collection of makeup bags for LeSportsac, her second for the brand. “They’re all based on the LipPerfection colors,” McGrath said over flavored shaved ice at a rooftop party at the Soho Mondrian last night. Available in three different shapes and colors—pink, berry, and a printed version adorned with lips and lipsticks—the upbeat range is a departure from the makeup guru’s signature wardrobe preference of black and more black. “They’re fun and summery,” she explained—not to mention fantastic organizers, something McGrath knows a thing or two about considering she travels with 75 cases of makeup each season. What’s next for the backstage beauty queen? More makeup bags, for one. “I can’t wait to do the next collection,” she said of her collaboration with the accessories company. And the Spring shows, of course—which, believe it or not, get underway in a short three months. Enjoy the summer while it lasts, fashion warriors.

Photo: Courtesy of CoverGirl

Pat McGrath, Up Close & Personal


In addition to their Italian Summertime color collection that just hit shelves at Saks this month, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and their go-to makeup guru, Pat McGrath, have unleashed something else onto fans of the brand this week. That would be The Animalier, a cheetah-print bronzer compact that blends into a gorgeous dark gold finish to give a glow to everything from cheekbones to décolletage. But rather than simply tell you about the chic packaging and perfectly designed powder palette, we got McGrath to show you how it works—on camera and on my face. Click here to watch the backstage regular work some summer sculpting magic with her newest release for the line while giving me perhaps the best bonus tip I’ve ever received: The woman who pioneered my favorite Fall beauty trend—spider lashes—performs a tutorial on the subject with Dolce’s forthcoming Secret Eyes mascara (look out for it in July). Let it be known: I kept that mascara on all day, through a baby shower and a late-afternoon barbecue. Were it not for a freak rainstorm that ruined both my day and my makeup, it would probably still be on my lashes.

The Makeup Queen Cometh


Our Fall beauty report is officially up and running; if you’ve already perused it you’re aware that red is once again the pout color of the season. When mouths weren’t boyish and bare with nothing but a slick of balm to keep them moisturized, they were more often than not painted in glossy or matte incarnations of the sanguine standout. The few exceptions came at the hands of Pat McGrath. Remember that salmon-hued pout Arizona Muse and co. sported at Nina Ricci? Custom-blended by Pat. Ditto the “high maintenance” burgundy she crafted at Gucci, using a combination of liners and pigments around the lip line and filling in the center with CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot. Our favorite non-crimson came at Loewe, though, where McGrath minted the chocolate brown lip. “It’s been so long since we’ve seen this color,” she pointed out yesterday when we had the pleasure of talking trends with her. Backstage in Paris, McGrath was too busy getting all of the models precisely pouty to discuss exactly what she was using on their lips, so the big reveal came yesterday. “Javalicious from CoverGirl’s new Queen collection,” McGrath explained. Available in 24 shades, the new range celebrates Queen Latifah’s 10th year as a CoverGirl and includes naturals, plums, roses, mauves, berries, and browns—all designed by McGrath, who serves as global creative design director for the brand. If you decide to experiment with any color other than scarlet this Fall, this one gets our vote.

Photo: Marcus Tondo /; Courtesy of CoverGirl

Miu Miu’s Mass-Market Beauty Extravaganza


In a departure from the abundance of sixties tributes we’ve seen this season, Miuccia Prada honed in on the forties at Miu Miu, which closed out Paris fashion week. Her glam squad of Pat McGrath and Guido Palau acted accordingly. “Modern vintage and forties elegance,” is how McGrath described the makeup, which consisted of two looks, one with a bare mouth and the other with a striking, matte red pout courtesy of a precise line of CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipliner in Passion filled in with a mix of its Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot—”the essential red shade”—and Eternal, a hot fuchsia. Both lips were complemented by porcelain skin, thanks to a light coverage of CoverGirl Natureluxe Foundation, groomed brows, and what will likely go down as McGrath’s signature for Fall 2011, spider lashes. “It’s an excessive lash,” she said of her heavy-handed application of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara in Black, which was helped along by a few individual false lashes applied to the center of the top lash line.

Palau also went with his own adaptation of the era, focusing his attention on “a loose, naturally textured half updo,” that was prepped with Redken Wax Blast 10 high Impact Finishing Spray Wax for a piece-y effect and center-parted. The key to the style came from two simple hair combs—Goody hair combs, to be exact—which Palau used to sweep side sections from above models’ ears and secure on the top of their heads. Palau’s penchant for drugstore hair accessories, spotted here, at Prada, and McQueen, is an exciting development as far as getting properly (and affordably) coiffed come September.

Photo: Courtesy of Redken

Pretty Prevails, Backstage At Valentino


Throughout Guido Palau’s ponytail tour this season, in which he has constructed the easy updo from New York to Paris, the coiffing star has stressed that the beauty of the familiar style is the way you can make it look different by implementing small changes. Said changes have come in the form of sleek severity, texturization, or in the case of Valentino, a girly sixties vibe. “It’s femininity and a nod to the sixties, but not in a retro way. More in reference to Valentino’s heritage,” Palau explained, coating strands in Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel before fashioning middle parts and back-combing hair at the crown for a bit of height. Razor-cutting wispy sideburns (another Palau signature for Fall), he placed black ribbons around models’ heads for an added dose of pretty—a rare word in the wealth of borrowed-from-the-boys homages we’ve seen over the past month.

“She’s a perfect-skinned beauty,” Pat McGrath added of the Valentino woman, whose complexion was given a light base courtesy of CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe foundation. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli “wanted a cool girl—as if she’d done her makeup herself,” McGrath elaborated, dusting a gray/brown “smoke” onto lids and fashioning “perfected lashes” on both the top and bottom lash lines using CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara to complete the sixties homage. Spider lashes strike again!

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /