Create the perfect makeup look with these 11 Pat McGrath masterclass tips on eyeliner and mascara!
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Hello there, beautiful!! A few weeks ago, I shared Pat McGrath masterclass tips on creating the perfect smokey eye! Well, this week Pat and her team of makeup artists led a follow-up class discussing mascara and eyeliner. Naturally, as a Pat McGrath Stan in the making, I immediately signed up to attend. After all, as someone who has shaky hands — I really need all the pointers I can get on eyeliner.
Over Zoom, Pat McGrath led a discussion that pulled in makeup artists from multiple locations. In the 2+hour course, each artist unveiled an eye look and shared their pointers for achieving optimal results with mascara and eyeliner. On the eyeliner front, one or two MUA used Pat McGrath’s liquid eyeliner (that I love) but the vast majority raved on and on about the permagel liner that admittedly has largely gone overlooked in my collection. Getting their feedback made excited to use this liner more and I wanted to report back to you their tips!
10 More Pat McGrath Masterclass Tips
At the very start of the Pat McGrath masterclass, it was revealed that a new mascara is quickly on its way. As an existing fan of Pat’s original FetishEyes mascara, this was exciting news to me and I’m already looking forward to trying out the new Dark Star mascara and publishing a comparison of both products here for you on DreaminLace. So definitely stay tuned for that!
Following news on the next launch, the makeup artists talked through how they created looks on a number of high fashion runway shows and editorial photoshoots. From Maison Margiela to Versace, the talented team has really done it all so it was great to get their input as well as inside secrets.
As a dedicated student, I of course took notes throughout the class. Down below? I share 11 Pat McGrath masterclass tips I picked up during the two hour discussion to help you perfect your own makeup! These tips can be applied to Pat’s own products (of course) as well as any other mascara or liners hanging out in your collection.
Pat McGrath Masterclass Tips on Mascara
1. BACK IT UP: The top mascara tip that was discussed again and again throughout the class was to really push your mascara wand all the way back to the base of your lashes. This will add mascara to the lash line for definition as well as prevent clumping as much as possible.
2. WIGGLE THE BRUSH: When applying, do not sweep the mascara wand through your lashes in a steady motion. Instead? Wiggle the brush while moving upwards to create the most volume and length.
3. BLINK! Perhaps my favorite (and most overlooked) of all the Pat McGrath masterclass tips on mascara? Blinking the eyes!! This will help you fully coat your lashes as well as separate them through the bristled applicator.
4. APPLY TO THE BACK OF LASHES: Typically when applying mascara, you coat your lashes from the front. Pat McGrath and her makeup artists advise to not stop there! Apply mascara to the back/underside of your lashes as well for the most dramatic effect.
5. TWIRL THE BRUSH: Both when coating the applicator in the mascara tube and when applying to the eyes, twirl the brush.
6. THE VERTICAL APPROACH: We’re all accustomed to applying mascara in a landscape/horizontal motion. To separate lashes, flip your applicator vertically for increased definition.
Pat McGrath Masterclass Tips on Eyeliner
1. ALWAYS SHARPEN: Each Pat McGrath Permagel liner comes with a pencil sharpener that should ALWAYS be used before application. Sharpening will give you the most precise tip (of course) as well as warm the gel liner up quite a bit for a smooth line.
2. APPLY TO ANGLED BRUSH: For more control, apply the pencil liner directly to an angled brush and THEN apply to the eyes.
3. OR, USE ANGLED BRUSH AS FINISHER: Another option? Apply the gel liner by hand and then use an angled brush to pull out the liner and really stretch out the wing.
4. SHARPEN WITH CONCEALER: Use concealer to sharpen a winged eyeliner look or clean things up. Even the most talented makeup artist needs a little assistance and concealer is your secret weapon!
5. EYELINER, THEN EYESHADOW: For a grungy look, apply your eyeliner first and then go in with eyeshadow.
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