Pat McGrath’s favorite lip pencil, Louis bag and light-therapy mask

Pat McGrath’s eyeshadow can sell out as fast as, say, Taylor Swift concert tickets.

When the influential makeup artist dropped her first small-batch product, GOLD 001, it was gone in record-breaking time. And when she unveiled a beauty collab with Supreme New York in 2020, her obsessive fans vaporized the stock in 8.2 seconds.

The New York-based British creative – who creates memorable beauty looks for more than 60 runway shows a season from Prada to Louis Vuitton; collaborates on shoots around the world; and glams up celebs like Pamela Anderson, Tyla and Doja Cat for the red carpet – has received many honors, including a Council of Fashion Designers of America Founder’s Award. In 2021, she became the first makeup artist ever to be named a Dame of the British Empire.

Here, the tastemaker and true Swiftie shares with Alexa her favorite cosmetics, scented candle and can’t-wait-for-it concert.

Courtesy of Pat McGrath

“This is my newest Artistry tool and it will soon be yours! From a saturated bold lip to a mesmerizing soft-focus pout, my new Dramatique Mega Lip Pencil does it all!”

Courtesy of Jennifer Behr

“For those special events or red carpet moments, I love Jennifer Behr’s headbands. I love to create a look by layering headbands of different textures and finishes. One of my favorites is the ‘Arielle’ headband.” 

Courtesy of Nordstrom

“This multi-functional marvel is a staple, providing soft, buildable color with a dewy, luminous finish for both cheeks and lips. It’s so popular that we recently launched four new shades.” 

Courtesy of Jennifer Fisher

“I’m passionate about my GOLD. I love how these give so much richness and sleekness to your look.”

Courtesy of Sephora

“Mascara is the finishing touch that pulls together any look and this buildable formula is like lash extensions in a tube. It dramatically defines, lifts and lengthens your lashes, while conditioning them with ingredients like panthenol and peptides.”

Courtesy of Byredo

Aside from a bath, nothing’s more soothing than candles. I absolutely adore Byredo’s ‘Burning Rose’ scent. Leather and dark woods with a hint of my beloved roses? It’s so decadent!” 

Courtesy of Ulta

“Gorgeous, radiant skin is fundamental to every look I create, and this formula is buildable, hydrating and light-as-air – it looks like skin, no matter how much you apply.”  

Courtesy of Sephora

“A skin superhero! I look forward to glowing for three minutes every night before bed.”

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

“This was a gift from my dear friend Nicolas Ghesquière [women’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton] and it’s my go-to bag for a night out. It fits my phone, a portable charger and all my Pat McGrath Labs essentials.” 

Courtesy of Juice Generation

“Their cold-pressed “Defender” juice, which has ginger, turmeric, lemon, cayenne, oregano and filtered water, is my absolute favorite.”

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“Counting days until Taylor’s Wembley concert. I’m excited to experience her incredible energy and mesmerizing talent. A true muse.”

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“The week of the Met Gala is so hectic that it’s impossible to really take in the exhibit [at the Costume Institute] until the party is over. I can’t wait to go back and see it this summer with friends.” 

Courtesy of Casa Cipriani

“My favorite place for dinner in New York. The service is impeccable. The food is amazing (the baked taglioni is my guilty pleasure) and the vibe is so welcoming. It feels like home.”  

Courtesy of Assouline

“Once you step inside the Assouline bookstore, your arms will be filled with books you can’t live without and your plans for the day will have been beautifully unraveled. I’m always inspired by the amazing architecture, breathtaking gardens and unique interiors of the Château de Versailles.”

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