194 posts tagged "Pat McGrath"
After Pat McGrath dyed models’ eyebrows shades of pastels and neons at the Balenciaga Fall show back in March, we got to thinking: Have we been neglecting our arches? By merely plucking and waxing, are we missing a golden opportunity for facial adornment? For “browdazzling,” if you will? Dutch Glamour certainly thinks so. Its August issue features a brilliantly browdazzled Alek Wek, whose bright eye shadow transcends her lids and crosses over the brow bone, reaching just beyond eyebrow territory. After spying this image, our initial interest on the subject was re-piqued—until, of course we reminded ourselves that we look nothing like Wek and perhaps such artistry should be left to Sudanese supermodels. Back to boring old face-framing for us.
With an array of tulip-shaped coats and dresses making their way down the Dior Couture runway yesterday, it was hard to take your eyes off of John Galliano’s bright bouquet of one-of-a-kind frocks. Unless, of course, you were already fixated on hairstylist Orlando Pita’s sculptural, sky-high coifs wrapped in Stephen Jones’ cellophane-inspired headgear, and the colorful, geometric makeup that came courtesy of face painter Pat McGrath. Pita built five different styles that each evoked images of flower buds about to open, teasing and spritzing hefty helpings of hair spray, like his T3 360-Degree Control, along the way for hold. As for the equally bold shapes the models sported on their lids, McGrath blocked out brows and drew on her own, more fantastic arches before whipping up a series of what amounted to boxy cat-eyes in a range of colors. Squaring off shades of orange, blue, green, and yellow at the inner corners, McGrath dragged her wet, pigment-dipped brush toward the temples with sharp precision. She then added requisite rows of fake eyelashes and a deep, wine-stained pout for additional shock value. It was a bloomin’ good time, to say the least.
It’s been a busy month here on the blog. With a whole new crop of A-listers signing beauty contracts, pop stars dyeing and straightening their hair, and one very prominent face painter dabbling in fashion to write about, we barely had time to do our own makeup. In case you missed them, we’ve compiled a top ten list of June’s most important posts. Read up.
Leave it to Pat McGrath to dream up a collaboration between CoverGirl’s best-selling LashBlast Length mascara, which is formulated with an elasta-nylon polymer, and LeSportsac’s classic nylon bags. The famous face painter, who not only serves as global creative design director for P&G Beauty but also helps create seasonal color collections for Dolce & Gabbana’s The Makeup line, has been a fan of the accessories brand “since forever.” “My first one was black nylon, you know me,” a predictably black-clad McGrath told us last night at a Champagne celebration for the launch of her CoverGirl for Le Sportsac’s limited-edition makeup bags. “It was kismet,” LeSportsac’s chief creative director, D’Arcy Jensen, said of being approached by McGrath and the P&G team. “We’re always looking for an authentic partnership, and Pat had an authentic connection to the brand.” The range features two different black nylon bags with yellow accents to echo the Drew Barrymore-fronted, Steven Meisel-shot ad campaign for the mascara. The “Pat” and the “Page” follow other high-profile collaborations for LeSportsac with fashion fixtures like Stella McCartney and Gwen Stefani, although it’s unlikely those two women can corral models like McGrath can; Sasha Pivovarova, Iris Strubegger, and a host of their long-legged friends turned up to fête the woman who keeps them looking camera-ready. We’re gonna guess that the convenient and cute bags will make the backstage rounds with the catwalkers when the Spring shows start in September. Keep your eyes peeled.
The new Dolce & Gabbana summer collection will debut at Saks next week, which is always an exciting time for beauty enthusiasts. There’s little not to love about the makeup arm of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s sartorial operation: The seasonal color palettes are dreamt up in collaboration with face-painting legend Pat McGrath; the gold compacts and lipstick tubes make you feel like you’re a part of something particularly luxurious every time you open them; and everything they turn out is meant to meet at the intersection of classic Hollywood glamour and something wholly Italian. This time around, it was about delicate images of wild roses set against the Sicilian night’s “daring shades of romance and mystery,” according to Dolce. As such, a series of nude and pink pigments was matched with darker greens and blues. Standouts include Shocking, a perfect fuchsia nail polish; Laguna, an eye shadow duo that pairs a shimmering deep moss color with aqua for a mix of seascape and garden visuals; and Delicious, an opaque coral/pink lip gloss that is fitting in perfectly with our newfound love of lightweight lip lacquers. It’s like…how did they know?!