THE EDITOR Photo editor Mariel Tyler
THE LOVE Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze Palette, $55
Pat McGrath’s existence in the beauty and fashion world is the equivalent to that of Santa Claus for children. If you believe in makeup, then she is the Queen, and the makeup she creates spreads endless joy to boys and girls across the world; thankfully, we don’t have to wait once a year to experience it. It’s no wonder that she is referred to as “Mother” by fans and insiders alike: I met her once and actually was nervous (not unlike how I felt waiting in line to greet Santa). Don’t worry, I resisted reading off a list of her products that I wanted.
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I was a bit of a tomboy growing up, and the product junkie in me didn’t fully develop until my time interning for ELLE’s beauty department back in college. I have tried and tested many shadows, but after doing editor road tests with Pat’s team, I realized that her creations are just on another celestial level entirely. Also, have you seen the videos that Pat posts on her Instagram? They are mesmerizing, like a hazy step-by-step time-lapse that ends in an ethereal shimmering eye. With one blink, I was sold. Her eyeshadows blend flawlessly and have the perfect consistency that isn’t too dusty and never clumps in the creases (a pet peeve of mine). Again, the woman is a queen, and using her glorious eyeshadow palette makes me feel like a bit of her royalty is rubbing off on me.