From Gigi Hadid to Jenna Dewan Tatum to Joan Smalls (just to name a few)—celebrity makeup artist and La Mer’s Global Ambassador Patrick Ta has painted the faces of Hollywood’s most beautiful women. And while these ladies all have great genes, they can thank Ta for that lit-from-within glow. Here, the man with some serious makeup skills shares his top beauty tips and how to emulate Hadid’s #highlightgoals.
Before a Ta face beat, it’s all about skincare—especially in the warmer months. “During the summer you don’t want to wear too much makeup, you want your skin to be as fresh and natural as possible. You want to really invest in your skincare; then you don’t have to apply so much foundation, it’s going to melt off anyway,” says Ta, who swears by La Mer’s The Moisturizing Gel Cream and The Concentrate. “The Concentrate is one of my favorite products,” he says of the latter, “it helps reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and redness.”
Don’t Forget About the Under-Eye Area
Always use an eye cream before going in with concealer, says Ta. “The under-eye area is the hardest part to not get creasy, so you want to make sure to moisturize.”
If that’s not enough, Ta likes to mix a small amount of oil like The Renewal Oil with a full-coverage foundation for super dewy results. (Cough, cough, Shay Mitchell.) And don’t forget to use a foundation brush, moving from the center of the face outward.
Stay Away from Powder Highlighter
When creating Hadid’s famous glowy cheeks, Ta uses a liquid highlighter on the high points of the cheeks.
Go for a Pop of Color
“I think a lot of people are using color right now. I love orange. But you have to wear it with a purpose, you need orange somewhere else in your outfit to tie it in,” says Ta of rocking an orange lip or eye.
On His Career Highlights (Hint: It Has to Do with Angels)
“Obviously getting a contract with La Mer,” says Ta. “Also, getting to do the Victoria’s Secret show—that was one of my favorite moments of 2016. It’s fun to be around people you’ve worked with and see them shine. It was a big moment for me too because I’ve always wanted to do the Victoria’s Secret show and being able to do it and have so many of the girls request me… it’s a good feeling,” shares Ta who did Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, and, of course, Gigi’s makeup, this past November.