When it comes to makeup, Patrick Ta knows a thing or two. He is the go-to makeup artist for pretty much every young, hot thing in Hollywood: Gigi Hadid, Shay Mitchell, Joan Smalls, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and of course the Kardashians/Jenners. What Ta is incredibly talented at is taking the kind of bright colours that would usually make us recoil to the safety of our Naked Palette, and make them feel totally natural and wearable. It’s a pared-back, cool-girl take on beauty, but in the joy of technicolour.
We caught up with Ta on his recent trip to London for the launch of La Mer’s new The Soft Moisturizing Lotion (£170), the brand for which he is now Global Makeup Artist Ambassador and begged him to reveal his secrets. Keep scrolling for his guide to how to feel comfortable and look great in colour…
“Monochromatic looks, are a good way to ease into colour. So, whatever colour you use on your lips find a matte shade in the same family to pop into the crease of your eyelid, under your eyes or the inner corners. It helps to tie your look together.” [Ed note: Another way Ta pulls a look together, is to use blusher on the cheeks and then in the crease of a smoky eye, before finishing with a nude lip].
“Go for a medium coverage on the skin, or if you can, leave the skin a little more bare. This helps to make the look feel more wearable. If your skin looks glowy, people will think your whole look is more real and fresh. I use the La Mer The Renewal Oil (£160) on all my clients as a moisturiser, makeup glides on easier and doesn’t look cakey.”
“If you’re wearing a red or dark lip, try either tying in a blush colour or having a bare face. Don’t wear too much on the eyes and it will look modern. And when it comes to applying the lip, I love liner—it’s my personal preference to say use a lip liner. Every girl wants their lips to look perfect, right?”
“For ease match your bright makeup colour to your outfit. I wouldn’t go for more then two bright colours max as your focal points for your outfit and makeup.”
[Ed Note: Ta used Chanel Rouge Allure in 96 Excentrique and 90 Pimpante, £26 each]
“I love a pinky burgundy colour, I’ve used it on Gigi and Joan. Don’t go for pink around the eyes if you’re worried it will make you look sick, go burgundy. Use a burgundy eyeliner and blend it out. If you want to go for full eyes, use a burgundy shadow and a muted lip, nude, lip. It’s fun then to tie it the look together with a pair of matching earrings.
Most of my clients love Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke (£39) it’s a good brownish nude that suits everybody.”
“I always moisturise before applying lipstick. I don’t blot the moisturiser, I let it sink in while I’m doing the rest of the makeup. I always apply eyeshadow and remove any fallout before applying foundation; it helps ensure your under eyes look as bright as they can.”