Pat McGrath Iconic Illumination Eyeshadow Look

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About this Look

Here’s a look featuring the new Pat McGrath Iconic Illumination quad!

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Inner tearduct: Astral Gold Allure
  • Inner lid: Astral Gold Allure
  • Middle of lid: Bronze Gold 003
  • Outer lid: Blitz Bordeaux
  • Crease: Blitz Brown
  • Browbone: Astral Gold Allure
  • Lower lash line: Deep End, Bronze Gold 003
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I love, love, LOVE that you used only the four shadows in the palette this time! Much more doable for those of us who don’t have the time, talent, or lid space to do looks with 8 to 12 colors and therefore can’t emulate any of your recent looks. Thank you!

You could always just take inspiration and use the shades you have/want to use – e.g. take the most obvious shades that you feel are key to recreating the color combo – many readers use what they have to recreate looks, so you never need to use exactly what someone else uses or as many (or as few) – use what you have and what works for your eyelid shape.

Since I just left a similar comment on your Chanel holiday quad look, I will just answer you briefly and say–yes, I do indeed do exactly that: approximate the predominant shades/tones of a look. I also frequently have to tone down the vibrancy, just because I can’t pull off the bright colors you wear so well!

My problem is purely selfish: you frequently, and to GORGEOUS effect, blend many colors… so many that when I go to look at the original shades, they aren’t what I expect at all. So what I sometimes do is tease out the color *you* created, using not the dupes but the entire swatch gallery, to make the effect I love so much in your look.

A perfect example of this is way back when you combined two GA eye tints (Senso and Black Onyx, IIRC) to a luminous taupe that I couldn’t envision from the colors themselves, so I asked you several times precisely how you achieved the shade. You generously replied (3 separate times) until you were detailed enough that I with my then-rudimentary skills could replicate your steps and achieve the exact same color you did. We did the same back-and-forth with the LMdB Obsidian Odyssey kaleidoscope!

I know everyone (me included) loves and appreciates the brilliant, colorful looks you do now, and I am NOT saying you should change anything to make it easier for me. I just choose to thank you when you occasionally do a simple-yet-gorgeous look (like this one and the recent Tom Ford look using Platinum cream color) that I’m able to imitate without effort.

As for pity-me-because-I-can’t-hunt-down-all-the-colors, I’m absolutely fine even if I can’t do the newer ones! I merely go back many, many pages to looks you did in other years, and they still provide super-helpful inspiration for me!!

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