Glossy, luminous skin is all everyone is talking about this year, and that conversation is incomplete without mentioning Patrick Ta. The go-to make-up artist for celebrities like Shay Mitchell, Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ta is responsible for some of the dewiest looks on the red carpet. Now, with the launch of his namesake make-up line, Patrick Ta Beauty, he’s made it easier for us mortals to achieve the same glow goals.
Celebrity make-up artist Patrick Ta with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
We quizzed him on his trade secrets and the make-up wonders we need in our kits.
ELLE: What was your aim while creating this make-up collection?
Patrick Ta: My products were developed to give you that red carpet glow, from home. I really wanted to create something that empowered women and made them feel confident in their own skin, which is how the women in my life continue to make me feel.
ELLE: How do you prep a face before make-up?
PT: Skincare is so important to me, and it should be everyone’s number one priority as well. To prep the face, I Hadidlove using La Mer’s The Renewal Oil. It really plumps up the skin and creates the perfect pre-make-up glow. For deep hydration, I like Crème de la Mer. It’s my all-time favourite cream and is so luscious.
ELLE: As the ‘King of glow’, what are your tips on picking the right highlighter?
PT: I like to have fun with highlighters, using multiple shades on different skin tones. As for formula, one of the main reasons I created my Major Glow Highlighting Mist was because I noticed mist highlighters tend to last longer than a powder or liquid highlighter. I also like to use concealer to highlight and bring light to the areas that tend to be a little darker, such as the under eyes. Use a concealer shade that is one to two shades lighter than your actual foundation to bring dimension and brightness to your face.
ELLE: How can we avoid looking too shiny?
PT: I love a dewy look, but I completely understand not wanting to look too shiny. My go-to highlighting spots are the tops of the cheekbones and the C around the temple—it’s naturally where the sun would hit the skin. Unfortunately, powder highlighters tend to pick up any texture that is on the skin. For instance, if you have any bumps, powders can occasionally accentuate those. If you tend to get oily, I suggest using a setting powder in those specific areas.
Photographs: Getty Images, Instagram.com/patrickta