Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta talks Instagram beauty, highlighters and time constraints

Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta. Handout [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Patrick Ta sits casually in a chair on the patio of the penthouse at the Loden Hotel in Vancouver.

Rather than stare out at the impressive view of glass-covered residential towers shooting up from the streets below, to say nothing of the Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park beyond — he’s drawing on his hand.

But, rather than exhibiting a classic sign of adolescent disobedience, Ta is demonstrating something for a small group of media. So, what’s he working on that’s proving all-consuming enough to keep him from ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over the landscape beyond?

He’s creating the “perfect eyebrow” on his hand.

“When I’m looking for a brow pencil, the thinner the better,” he explains as he continues to sketch. “I like to be able to draw each hair.

“As a makeup artist, I want to mimic real hair. You need pencils that are dense because you really need to be able to draw each hair. The first time someone looks at your face, you don’t want them to see just your eyebrows. You want them to see your entire face.”

When he’s done, the completed “brow” looks better than the two I have on my face. In fact, it’s better than most of the eyebrows I’ve ever laid eyes upon.

“That’s actually pretty good,” he laughs softly to himself. Yes, yes it is.

Ta is one of a new guard, so to speak, of makeup artists. Unlike in the past, where artists had to toil for years under master artists, working at makeup counters and, if they were lucky, on endless editorial shoots and B-list celebrities, Ta shot to fame relatively quickly. …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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