Get Outside The Box

This makeup, hair, and photo session was quite the experience.  I am a big fan of Pat McGrath (the best makeup artist ever). She posted a instagram contest that I decided to take on. The contest was to recreate her work and post to Instagram with the hashtag #backstagewithpatmcgrath. This was so exciting to me! The one thing I didn’t consider was she would see this replica… oh, my, the pressure was on.

This was during a season of intense scheduling. I was so busy I could hardly see straight, but I needed this challenge. It really lit a fire in me that I needed. Here is one of my inspirational images. This was from the Spring 2011 John Galliano show. Pat McGrath and Julien d’Ys creatively designed each look so not one of the models was alike. Gilded waves, lids, and lips in combination with intense color adorned each model. This was in contrast to many of the season’s minimal looks.


I started with a temporary lift with face lift tapes and used Temptu airbrush foundation in 01, covering everything including the brows and lips. I then used Makeup Forever HD Powder and purposely left it heavy and slightly powdery. This powder is made of 100% silica. This mineral, if left unbuffed and heavy, will look ghostly. This is not usually a look that would be favorable. My belief is you have to know the rules before you can break them. This is one instance where breaking the rule is good.

The eyeshadow was done before the brows so I could get plenty of color pigment into the model’s own brow hairs. I used TIGI Perfect Eyeliner in black as a base for my shadow. The black liner was smudged under the eye, on the lid, and onto the inner brow. The tear duct area was left open for highlighting. I used a combination of Tigi metallic and teal shimmer shadows of the top of the black. I used a Ben Nye shadow in orange on and above the brow, as well as, under the eye on the hight of the cheekbone. The tear duct was highlighted with a gold shimmer from urban Decay.

Brows and Beauty Mark: Precision Black Pen from TIGI.

Eyes: Love It mascara for the lashes

Cheeks: Blushed with Awaken from TIGI

Lips: Luxury from TIGI, dabbed with fingertips

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I didn’t win Pat’s contest, but I won a fresh sense of passion and inspiration by trying something new.  I’m a firm believer that pushing past our fears, even to the point of failure, Is how we become better. None of us will grow if we stay were we are most comfortable. Moral of the story… make the decision to push yourself right out of the box.

Stay tuned for the next look and break down from this contest. Here’s a sneak peek!