Pat McGrath’s Genius at Paris Fashion Week

The preference on the runways this season has been, largely, for messy, wet hair (which I took to task this past Friday, thank you) and easy, natural makeup. Which is welcomed– seriously how great is it to be socially accepted and on-trend without trying much? Take Alexander Wang, who literally put zilch on the models in terms of makeup.

 

But… this is fashion, and the shows and editorials are the place to go wild. This is from where we draw inspiration, so it’s with gratitude that we turn to Pat McGrath, star makeup artist who season after season, creates some of the best, most inventive looks we see, regardless of venue.

 

In Paris alone, McGrath masked (literally and figuratively) the models at Givenchy and Christian Dior in makeup that extends beyond what we normally pick up at the beauty counter. Gold brocade-textured eyebrows (Dior) and sequins that overtook the face (Givenchy) sparked gut excitement at the possibilities. It’s like being a kid again, and letting imagination roam free! What if you actually veiled yourself in sequins? What would your life be like?

 

The very slightly more wearable version of this is the gold eyebrow at Dior, which I’ve already pledged allegiance to. I not so solemnly vow to try it out as soon as I get my hands on the appropriate products. Until then, a gold cat eye or a chunky glitter eye shadow might sate me.

Dior

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