Pat McGrath’s Top Makeup Trends for Spring

Gucci Spring 2011 Beauty

British makeup artist and P&G beauty creative design director, Pat McGrath, is already a legend in the high fashion world of makeup at 40 years old. She is one of the most in-demand artists in the world and her work is regularly featured in Vogue, W, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar and countless other glossies. She’s worked with everyone from Steven Meisel to Helmut Newton and is responsible for the runway looks at some of the biggest shows– think Gucci, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy, just to name a few.


McGrath recently hosted an intimate event in which she discussed some of the Spring 2011 season’s major makeup trends. Here are the top 3.


1. Red, Red, Red

Spring 2011 Beauty Look

Seen on the runway at Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Viktor & Rolf, red was used to signal a return to glamour and classic beauty by way of a high-drama popping lip.


To create this look, pale out the skin using foundation (Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation is a favorite of McGrath’s), work in false lashes and black eyeliner to give eyes a graphic touch, before brightening the under eye area with YSL Touche Eclat, and then finish the look with bright red lipstick, which you can opt to top off with gloss.


Gucci Spring 2011 Beauty


2. Metallics

Seen on the runway at Valentino, Prada, John Galliano, Anna Sui, and Louis Vuitton. When it comes to metallics, you can go the masculine-inspired route as seen at Prada, or the more feminine route at Anna Sui.

Anna Sui 2011 Beauty LookPrada Spring 2011 Beauty Look

Anna Sui Spring 2011 Beauty Look (left) and Prada Spring 2011 Beauty Look (right)


McGrath suggests creating beautiful, natural slightly paled-out skin using Covergirl NaturalLuxe Silk Foundation, and keeping brows groomed and made to look full, bold, and feathery like boy brows using Covergirl Brow and Eye Makers. Then, use a light silvery shade on your lids and give your lips a hint of color and hydration with Covergirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Marble. For the latter look, McGrath suggests starting with foundation once again, then lining the waterline with Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Color in Tan inside the waterline of the eyes. Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire should then be applied to the lid and beneath the lower lash line, before adding Anna Sui Color Powder in #501 over the shadow on the lid and inner eye corners. Top-off lashes with mascara and warm the cheeks with warm peach blush. Finish the look with Covergirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Marble.


3. Minimal vs. Maximal Beauty

Bottega Veneta Spring 2011 Beauty LookOn the minimal side, we saw Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Versace, D&G, Dolce & Gabbana, and Bottega Veneta, while on the maximal side we had Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Christian Dior, and Roberto Cavalli. For the minimal look, the emphasis is on a clean complexion, glossy, natural, or minimal lips, and either a strong brow or heavy full top lashes. McGrath executed this look at Bottega Veneta particularly well, and to recreate it, she suggests starting with foundation to cover-up imperfections, applying black mascara to top lashes, before reaching for Covergirl LiquiLineBlast Eyeliner in Brown and applying it on the lid and under the eye area. Then, blend the liner with your fingers or a brush. Brush Covergirl Eye Enhancer 1-Kit Shadow in Golden Sunrise over the semi-smoked liner and apply Dolce & Gabbana Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Nude inside the waterline of the eyes. A soft, peachy-bronze blush on the cheeks was achieved by mixing Covergirl Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Rich Cinnamon and Plush Peach. Lips were paled out with a touch of Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2011 Beauty Look


Roberto Cavalli Spring 2011 Beauty

On the maximal side – love or hate haute hippie fashions – McGrath nailed it with the boho rocker makeup look at Roberto Cavalli. The epitome of makeup to the max, eyes were intense, lips were nude, and the overall look was undeniably sexy. To get the look, apply foundation to even out your skin. Then, groom your brows and make them slightly darker, before applying black mascara. McGrath suggests using Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Tapestry Taupe and brushing it on from the base of the lid up to the brow for a smoky brown tone on the eyes. Sweep the brow bone and the crease with Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Brown Smolder for more intensity. Then, use black liner to line the waterline and contour the checks with Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium to give them definition. Finish the look with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer to pale out the lips.

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2011 Beauty