Vogue Arabia, November 2018. Photo: Chris Colls
For all the follows and likes Pat McGrath generates around her makeup artistry every season (Julia Fox’s internet-breaking black eyeliner didn’t just happen), it’s the skin quality she has pioneered over the course of her storied career that is perhaps her biggest calling card. Hydrated, but not oily; smooth, but realistic, with a makeup-priming moisture quality that is “lightweight yet nourishing,” McGrath explains. Much like she developed a seven-step lipstick technique to achieve the ultimate in petal-soft pigment, McGrath has been cocktailing her own skin-care formula for her entire career, layering simple creams spiked with rose water to create a quick-penetrating emulsion. And just as that signature makeup technique became Pat McGrath Labs’ best-selling MatteTrance Lipstick, her patented skin prep has finally been bottled.
Called Divine Skin Rose 001 and formulated by a Korean lab, the milky liquid that will launch on Patmcgrath.com closely resembles a blendable essence, formulated with 97% naturally derived ingredients; shake it up, and a ceramide-boosted oil phase combines with an antioxidant-spiked rose water phase to create McGrath’s replenished, rebalanced glow. “The truth is I’ve been working on skin care as long as I have been working in makeup,” admits McGrath, who has tweaked her formula not in focus groups but on supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, who stars in the campaign for the rose-tinted glass bottle that will arrive at select Sephoras later this year. “I wouldn’t use anything else,” says Campbell—which is high praise considering Campbell is serious about her skin care, specifically her hydration. “You never want your skin to look dried out. It’s not attractive. It’s unbecoming,” she says. Here, Campbell reveals how she’s been using the uniquely textured Essence, and why after all these years in the business, good sleep might be the real secret to good skin.
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As someone who has been on countless sets with Pat and at countless shows with Pat, what is her point of difference when it comes to skin finish?
When you work with Pat, before you she puts makeup on you, she really massages your skin—she loves glowy, dewy skin. So your makeup goes on smoother, everything just rolls. That’s her secret: that the skin still looks like skin and you see you and that’s important, I feel. That’s what I love about her; she never makes me matte. When you’re too matte you lose the whole person. Your makeup becomes like a mask. Pat’s makeup never looks like that.
As a #McGrathMuse and, perhaps even more importantly, a Pat McGrath confidant, were you at all a part of tweaking early incarnations of her first skin-care product?
She’s been trying this out on me for a while now so I’ve had a bit of a head start in using it in my skin regime. We were actually using it last year when we were doing the Divine Rose makeup launch, but I couldn’t talk about it then, so I’m so excited that I can say all of this now. The cat’s outta the bag! In the beginning, she would ask me things like, “How does it feel? How long did it stay on?” It goes on the skin, but it also goes in the skin. It just makes everything glowy and plump, which is important for me because I’m on set all the time, and I’m in front of lights, and I’m on planes, and my skin dries out and it gets really dehydrated no matter how much water I drink. Drink water, drink water. I never drink enough. My test is really traveling, though—how often do I need to reapply something on the plane so my skin feels hydrated. I usually sleep straight through flights and with this, I’d wake up and still have the shine.
It is not an exaggeration to say that your skin is, in fact, divine. Drop the routine!
It’s about clean for me. I cleanse in the morning and I cleanse at night. You’ve got to get the makeup off! And I need products that help make my skin look good without makeup, because I don’t wear makeup when I’m not working. I just put little bits where I want to cover blemishes so my skin can breathe. My next step is usually a serum, and sometimes I use the Essence first, before my serum, and sometimes I mix it with my serum and put it on together. You can top it off with a cream if you’d like, but in the summertime, you don’t need to. The Essence is enough.
I watched an amazing clip on your YouTube channel about some of your pre-runway body prep including an incredible lymphatic drainage massage. Are there any treatments that you regularly engage in for your face in tandem with good skin care?
I try to do my facials—you need to if you’re traveling, or you’re in the sun a lot. I don’t wear a lot of sunblock on my skin because I break out from sunblock. So I like people to extract because you have to clean out your pores sometimes! And I do microneedling every once in a while, too.
These days, so much of good skin care comes down to good self-care. How do you prioritize yourself with such a busy work schedule—and a newborn at home!—not just physically but mentally, spiritually, etc.?
The water thing is huge for me, and I’m always, like, how can I make water fun? Growing up I wasn’t really raised on soda so we always had cordials that we mixed with water, and that’s what I still drink. And I try to eat the right food and take the right vitamins—vitamin D, vitamin C, B, zinc, fish oils. Good skin is so much about what you eat, too. And sleep! I try to get as much sleep as possible even though I have a young one now. When I was younger I really didn’t need that much sleep, but now I like my sleep. It kickstarts things and helps me be enthusiastic about the day ahead.
Originally published in Vogue.com
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Vogue Arabia, November 2018. Photo: Chris Colls
Eid al-Fitr 2022 Gift Guide: 11 Presents for Anyone Who Loves Beauty, Makeup, Skincare and Fragrances
Eid al-Fitr is a special time for everyone, and while we are almost past the halfway point of this Ramadan month, there is nothing better than prepping for the celebration of the new moon by choosing gifts for the most special people in your life. After the period of fasting, Eid is a time to come together and share good times with friends and family. Make 2022’s Eid al-Fitr memorable with gifts that loved ones are sure to remember forever. Below, Vogue Arabia’s beautify gift edit for Eid al-Fitr 2022.
Loewe Paula’s Ibiza Electric EDT
Treat friends with this eccentric Eau de Toilette from Loewe this Ramadan. The woody floral scent is inspired by the Ibizan Balearic Islands known for its playful spirit, and a fragrance like this one should suit the friend who is usually the first to want to get together and celebrate after the long fasting month.
Aesop Aganice Aromatique Candle
Candles are always a lovely gift idea to give during Eid, and luxury brand Aesop’s latest Aganice Aromatique candle is described as “a place of many mythologies”. Inspired by historical Grecian stories, the enchanting scent includes a seductive clove and mimosa scent, with a hint of tobacco.
Lush Light the Night Bath Set
Why not celebrate the new moon with this beautifully wrapped gift box from Lush? The full set includes a decadent Sticky Dates Shower Gel and Light the Night lantern-shaped bath bomb. The cruelty-free brand has a whole range of gifts dedicated to the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Sunday Riley Pro Vitamin C Kit
A kit with a zesty kick to gift to skin care lovers this Eid, Sunday Riley’s pro-vitamin set promises to hydrate and illuminate skin whilst reducing the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. This multi-piece kit includes a vitamin C serum, face oil, moisturizer and an eye cream, which will work as great skin saviora after the fasting period.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Care
Gisou’s four-piece hair care set, enriched with honey extracts, makes an unforgettable Ramadan gift. This sustainable brand may be relatively new to the market, but is sure to turn heads for those seeking luscious locks. Gisou’s rich ingredients include Mirsalehi honey, almond oil and coconut oil, which are all staples for healthy hair.
Sephora’s Collectible Edition Special Gift Set
Designed by award-winning Saudi artist Fida Al Hussan, who is renowned for her story telling, this Ramadan special gift set includes seven items from brands including Make Up For Ever, Huda Beauty, Tarte, and more. In a nutshell, the perfect gift for makeup lovers this Ramadan.
Guerlain Epices Exquises EDP
Inspired by an ode to the East, this seasoned fragrance is influenced by the aroma of coffee. The spicy blend of pepper and cardamom give the scent a unique tribute to Arabic cultures. Accented with gold packaging, the bottle honers the tonal sands of the desert, and couldn’t be more apt for Eid.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Cream
Skin can look worse for wear when drastic changes have been made to sleep patterns and diet, and the first skin issue to arise is likely to be puffy dark circles due to low water intake and lack of sleep. La Prairie’s caviar extract eye cream is designed to firm the under eye and reduce dark circles with ginseng and hyaluronic acid.
Myriam.K Paris Ramadan Kareem Box Set
Another beauty set dedicated to this special time, the Myriam. K Paris seven-piece gift box is packed with hair goodies. This luxurious set includes hair care and supplements including a power mask, detoxifying hair oil, and a supply of vegan hair vitamins. If that wasn’t enough, a beard oil is also part of the set—a great mini gift to make the men feel just as special.
Beautifect Makeup Organizer
With the Beautifect makeup organizer, it might be time to throw away any unnecessary or old makeup. The compact organizer has LED light features with five color modes and brightness settings, making it travel-friendly for the friend who loves going away during Eid.
Rituals Oud Candle Collection
A gift worth lighting every day, the Rituals Arabian-inspired candles last up to 50 hours once lit. The aromatic fragrance of the oudh and patchouli candle is enriched in rich spices, and comes in deep black and gold packaging that makes it the ideal gift for new homeowners, and iftar hosts.