When makeup artist Patrick Ta isn’t sailing around Mykonos with the Hadid sisters, he’s working his magic both on and off the red carpet. From popstars Ariana Grande and Katy Perry to supermodels Adriana Lima and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, the Hollywood elite regularly entrust Ta with the task of getting them ready for the spotlight. So, when it comes to all things glam, you can be sure he knows his stuff.
With all those famous faces as clients, there’s a lot us mere mortals can learn from Ta – not just what products and techniques to use, but also what not to do. Here, the makeup maestro shares five common makeup mistakes and how you can avoid them. Take note.
Not Prepping Properly
“Skin prep is the most important step for glowing skin and a perfect face of makeup – it’s key to making foundation and concealer look radiant and flawless, and not fat or heavy. If you are acne-prone or have textured skin, I recommend exfoliating pre-makeup. This creates a smoother base by removing dry skin. I can’t live without my La Mer products! I start by massaging ‘The Renewal Oil’ and ‘The Moisturizing Soft Cream’ all over the face.”
“Don’t be too heavy-handed with the tweezers! If you do have sparse hairs, I recommend using a small angled brush and the Iconic London ‘Sculpt and Boost Eyebrow Cushion’ to create the illusion of brow hairs where needed.
After creating little hair-like strokes, I love brushing brows up with Iconic London’s new ‘Brow Silk’. Even if you aren’t blessed in the eyebrow department after years of over-plucking, it shapes, brushes up, adds fullness, and sets brows in place perfectly, achieving soft and subtle – yet still groomed – results.”
Iconic London ‘Sculpt & Boost Eyebrow Cushion’
Overdoing the Eyeshadow
“I love using a single shadow on the eye. I spend time creating depth and building the shadow up. This gives the illusion that you used multiple colors. Bronzers work great for this as well. I can’t stand when makeup looks messy or too many colors are mixed together!”
Benefit ‘Hoola Bronzing Powder’
Setting with Powder
“I prefer a glowy, beautiful glam. I want makeup to enhance features, not overpower them, so I say skip the powder. It tends to magnify fine lines and ages us. I find using a setting spray keeps your makeup longer-lasting, and illuminates and brightens the skin. I love using the La Mer ‘The Mist’ on the perimeter of the face to keep it glowy, followed by spraying Iconic London’s ‘Prep-Set-Glow’. Set it and totally forget it!”
Using Too Much
“Less is more. This applies to everything and is my top tip to any aspiring makeup artist. It’s always better to go back in and apply more product if needed. I don’t love it when there’s too much going on, like if you’re doing both an eye and a lip. I think natural, raw beauty is something people are really focusing on this year, which is why this trend is thriving.”