One of the world’s best known makeup artists, who counts Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss among her clients, has unveiled a new foundation that she says will give any users supermodel-worthy skin.
Pat McGrath, 49, is renowned in the beauty industry for creating near-perfect complexions on her clients, whether they are a celebrity walking the red carpet, or a model preparing to strut her stuff on the catwalk.
And now the beauty pro is bottling up her years of experience in one brilliant formula, which she confessed took a staggering 25 years to perfect, and was secretly used on a number of Pat’s A-list clients before being unveiled to the world – including Cardi B and Kacey Musgraves at this year’s Met Gala.
Something new: Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath has just released a foundation that she promises will leave users with supermodel-worthy skin
Easy as one, two, three: The 49-year-old spent 25 years working on the perfect foundation formula, and is set to release it as part of a three-step complexion-perfecting ‘system’
In fact, one member of Pat’s team of makeup artists confessed that the formula so impressed one anonymous celebrity when it was used on her at the glittering annual event that she tried to steal it, having been told that there were no samples available.
The beauty pro revealed that the mysterious A-lister in question was particularly bowled over by how well the product lasted on her skin throughout the night, with her makeup artist admitting that even he was impressed by the fact that the foundation not only stood the test of time, but actually seemed to get better the longer it was worn.
‘It looked like her skin but she was… cooked,’ he said of the foundation’s impressive wear time. ‘She was so, so happy and tried to attack me and take it!’
Luckily, said celebrity won’t have to wait too much longer until the foundation is ready to be dropped into the hands of desperate makeup mavens – and that’s not the only complexion-perfecting product that will be released on July 26.
The Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation ($68) is part of a new complexion-perfect ‘system’ of three products, which also includes a primer and a powder.
And as well as helping your skin to look better, the foundation is also aimed at ensuring it feels better too; the formula contains a ‘Vita-Serum Complex’, which helps to protect the skin’s natural barrier and guard against the signs of aging.
The product has also been formulated with hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep skin hydrated and plump, even after hours of wear time. It can be applied with fingers – Pat’s favored tool – for a lightweight, effortless look, or with a brush or a sponge in order to create a heavier layer of coverage.
Looking ahead: A member of Pat’s team revealed one unnamed celebrity tried to steal the foundation (left) after the Met Gala because she was so happy with the results
Step by step: The Sublime Perfection System, which includes the Sublime Perfection Primer, Foundation, and Setting Powder, will be released on July 26, along with two brushes (right)
‘Diamond Core Powder Technology improves skin texture by optically smoothing and blurring the appearance of fine lines and imperfections,’ the brand explained in a statement.
‘An illuminating soft-focus pigment blended into the formula converts and scatters light, emulating the effect of a healthy young complexion.
‘The serum-soft, customisable foundation unites a filtered, blurring effect and incandescent radiance with impressive versatility. Apply with the fingertips for the ultimate barely-there look, or with a brush or wet sponge to achieve Pat’s legendary backstage skin.’
In order to truly achieve that catwalk-worthy complexion however, Pat recommends using the new foundation as part of the full three-step system: Sublime Perfection Primer ($60), followed by the foundation, topped off with the Sublime Perfection Setting Powder ($55).
According to Pat and her team, the trio of products works as the perfect combination to maintain a glowing, healthy, flawless complexion throughout the day – and will not cake or flake if you choose to apply more product as time goes on.
With regard to shade ranges, Pat explained at a launch event for the new complexion system that she worked hard to create a range of shades that will work for any and every skin tone, and she noted that she didn’t feel the need to release ’50 shades or 100 shades like other brands’, because she knows that the collection she has is more than enough to work for anyone who might want to try the product.
Indeed, the launch of the new product range comes just weeks after Pat revealed in an interview that she and her mother used to use cocoa powder on their faces because they couldn’t find a product dark enough for their skin.
Wow! Pat, who has worked with Naomi Campbell for years, explained that she ensured she was creating 36 shades that would suit any and every skin tone out there
A-list: The beauty guru has worked with a huge number of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, who featured in a beauty campaign for her before launching her own brand
The beauty mogul told BBC Radio 4 that she would regularly borrow her mothers products, in particular her lipsticks and skincare products, when she was growing up.
She explained that one day when she was younger, her mother wore cocoa powder on her face as a form of powder foundation as a solution to the lack of products available for black skin at the time.
Pat said: ‘She even used cocoa powder, she came in from the kitchen with cocoa powder all over her face, and she was like, “This is the right tone of powder.”
‘And she had dusted it on her face and she looked amazing.
‘So that’s what I ended up doing as well, was making products that I needed backstage.
‘That stems from my mother, if you can’t find it, you can’t buy it, make it,’ she added.
So when it came to creating the shades for her foundation, Pat used all her years of experience working in the industry to ensure that there really would be something for everyone.
And to make finding your perfect shade that much easier, the 36 options are grouped into five levels: Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Deep, Deep. Meanwhile the powder is available in five shades – one to suit each level.
All three products in the system will be released to the world on July 26 – along with both a foundation and a powder brush.
But for those who can’t wait to lay their hands on a new Pat McGrath Labs product, the makeup artist just released a new collection of lipsticks called Blitztrance, a shimmering range of nine shades that are available individually, in trios, and as one complete set.