I’ve been struggling with creative block for a good six months now. Trends come and go and I’m still stuck rut wearing the same flicked eyeliner and peach lip combo. Something which is totally unlike me. I’ve spent months trailing through endless instagrams and websites looking for a new beauty trend or product to spark a glimmer of imagination, to no avail. Until, last night whilst doing a late night trawl of instagram Pat McGrath posted this:
McGrath’s look comes from the Anna Sui SS18 runway. The show was a natural progression in protest fashion following the slogan tees and caps that epitomised February’s post US election fashion week. Compared to the direct Anti-Trump and Planned Parenthood sentiments of American designers Adam Selman and Thakoon, Anna Sui took a pacifist protest of peace, love and harmony. McGrath created free spirited beauties straight from the summer of love.
McGrath used her highly anticipated palettes, launching in September, to create soft and ethereal glistening eyelids. A lightweight moisturiser was used pre-application to create the perfect base for a combination of three shades used to create a ‘grown-up’ glitter eye. Pat McGrath labs are releasing 3 palettes; Sublime, Subliminal and Subversive, all contain 10 shades in 7 different finishes. To create the ‘flower child’ look of Anna Sui, McGrath used ‘Astral Ghost Orchid’ from the Sublime Palette and ‘Astral White’ combined with ‘Pale Gold 002’ from the Subliminal Palette.
What really caught my imagination with this look was the alternative take on glitter. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year you will know that glitter is the trend that keeps on giving. Glitter roots, glitter boobs, glitter bums and even glitter vaginas. I like glitter as much as the next person but McGrath has given us a new way to wear glitter without looking like you were sponsored by the Gypsy Shrine. I’ll be wearing this glitter trend this Saturday night combined with some beachy waves and a crop top.
The ethos of love, peace and freedom behind the show is what the world needs right now, a big flower powered kick up the arse and for that Anna Sui, I thank you.
Pat McGrath Labs Palettes available 28th September from Sephora and patmcgrath.com.
Information from patmgrath.com, Vogue and Elle.