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A Decade By Decade Breakdown Of The Beauty Pat McGrath Conjured At Vogue World: Paris

“It’s a decade-by-decade extravaganza of some of the most iconic looks I’ve created for the runway,” says Dame Pat McGrath, creative director of makeup direction at Vogue World Paris.

Photo: Christina Fragkou

“It’s a nod to my greatest hits, but each with a spin to a specific decade and sport for that section of the show.” The make-up artist known to all in the industry as “Mother”, of course, delivered. From gunmetal-grey glitter studded with diamanté for the 1960s fencing section of the show, to the disco ball-inspired eyes, McGrath masterminded myriad incredible looks for Vogue’s Parisian celebration of style and sport.

The show took place in the historic Place Vendôme, so the make-up had to stand out against the vast – and grand – backdrop. “We have made sure every look is bold, so it can be seen from afar,” she explains. “Skin is glowing, gleaming and beautiful. We have some looks that are dramatically and theatrically pale, others that are über sporty, glowing and fresh – it all comes to life with my Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection System.”

McGrath is renowned for her use of color, texture and sparkle – and the looks she created for Vogue World: Paris do not disappoint. Let’s take a closer look…

1920s: Cycling

“Inspired by Josephine Baker, eyes were sooty and smudgy (courtesy of the PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil), with a dark, small mouth, which we made look more pointed, as per the era.”

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Photo: Christina Fragkou

1930s: Track and Field

McGrath created a small, dark mouth using her long-wearing Dramatique Mega Lip Pencils, adding a touch of dimensional sparkle over the top.

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Photo: Christina Fragkou

1940s: Water sports

This look is all about skin luminosity. While some models’ skin glimmered with moisture, others – like Gigi Hadid – wore a red lip in a nod to the era.

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Photo: Christina Fragkou

1950s: Equestrian

“Paying homage to the City of Lights with these wings of glory in the colors of the French flag – we wanted to create aerodynamic wings that were graphic and… well, major.”

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Photo: Christina Fragkou

1960s: Fencing

“Harking back to Prada and Versace runway moments, this is a major metallic moment, using gunmetal grey glitter and diamanté embellishment.”

Photo: Christina Fragkou

1970s: Gymnastics

“Bringing all the drama, these disco ball eyes were because we wanted more, more, more! Diana Ross was on the moodboard.”

 

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Photo: Christina Fragkou

1980s: Martial arts

A dramatic, wholly ’80s look that was inspired by Grace Jones.

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1990s: Football

Sporty, athletic skin – a Pat McGrath signature – alongside ’90s lips.

Photo: Christina Fragkou

Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

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