Kim Kardashian As Cleopatra Courtesy Of Pat McGrath For The Violet Files

Pat McGrath is considered to be the greatest makeup artist of our time. Vogue magazine calls her the most influential makeup artist in the world.
We call her Mother Makeup.
She is beyond amazing.
And Kim Kardashian is, well, Kim Kardashian.
Love her or hate her she seems to be here for a while.


Kim doesn’t normally hit my radar, but Pat always does, and I am blown away by the sheer genius of McGrath in this work for the cover shoot for The Violet Files.
(I am frequently left speechless by her makeup magic and her incredible vision)


Pat channeled Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, giving the look a futuristic 3D spin.

Ms. McGrath explains. “I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor portrayed in this role.”

McGrath made the eye shadow by combining ground lapis stone and gold pyrite flecks, incorporating 3 dimensional gold metal into the makeup design. Exploring the concept of makeup as jewelry she wanted the images to be luxurious, evoking a modern take on the opulence associated with Cleopatra and her makeup.


Photographed by Ben Hassett, this is the first installment in a series for Violet Grey Magazine in which Pat McGrath will re-imagine icons, transforming old Hollywood glamour onto new faces.






Sea, Sex and Sun ~Vanessa Paradis Covers Violet Grey

French actress, celebrity, chanteuse Vanessa Paradis

channels her inner vixen 

for the May 2014 issue of online magazine

Violet Grey

Shot at Point Dume by Ben Hassett,

in a combination of fur, metallics and a lethal dose of black,

Paradis looks like a Newton girl

with her new cropped hair slicked back

and a fierce self awareness.

Says her longtime makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani:

“She is a beautiful person inside and out,

and her effortless style is one of envy…”

Sea, Sex and Sun

Karlie Kloss By Ben Hassett For L’Express Styles

Ben Hassett’s new story for L’Express Styles

April 23 2014 issue,

absolutely wows as uber model Karlie Kloss

gives endless amazing face

in a shoot that’s all about the painted visage.

I just can’t stop looking at the spectacular,

creative, and frankly, genius use of color and texture

by makeup artist Marla belt.