If someone who knows very little about beauty (like me) wants to know everything about beauty, there's only one person to ask.
So yesterday, we had lunch with Pat McGrath, the legendary makeup artist and Cover Girl's Creative Director. She walked a small group of editors through this spring's trends, and while we did know a few things, like that "everything works with perfect skin." And we understood others, like, "You've got to be good at applying makeup today. There's less makeup, but it's more work," we learned even more than expected.
1. Apparently this spring, it's about "the way young girls wear makeup, all in one swoop." What does that mean? That spring's trends are natural, fresh-faced, and simple a la Stella McCartney. At least that's what Pat started out with, before we dove into baby blue pastel eye makeup and punch-pink lips, but either way, "fresh" is best.
2. About that baby blue, "Just leave your shoulder pads behind and you'll be fine." When Pat got back to New York after last season's shows, a girl at the airport ran up to Pat to show off the baby blue eyeliner she'd spotted at Versace and applied at home--so apparently it does work in real life. You can wear "a 40s bag, a 70s shoe and and 80s jacket and you don't ever look like you're from the past," she says. "Everyone looks so individual these days that it's always modern."
3. "Really for lashes, we just always want more," she admits. Apparently, Pat used to layer CoverGirl's LashBlast Length over LashBlast Volume, but now they've combined the two into LashBlast Fusion which a) hits stores next month and b) is one of Pat's top three products. And if that's not pumped up enough for you, try adding fabric to the lashes like she did for the girls at Louis Vuitton's SS10 show. (We don't actually recommend doing that at home, unless you have Pat on hand.)
4. If we're going to try one beauty trend this spring, it's Prada's glossy, almost neon, orange lip. Pat says Miuccia was going for, "a contemporary take on antiquity." Sure. She also says, "The collection was all greys so for me it was a natural thing to go bright...But if a woman wanted to wear that color it would last two minutes, you'll never survive the day." The closest you'll get is layering Cover Girl's Outlast lip stain in Coy Coral under their ShineBlast. If Dolce's matte red lip was more your style, just mix her favorite reds--Devil, Dahlia, and Ultra.