Exclusive: Patrick Ta Did My Makeup, and I Learned 8 Important Things

If you've been on Instagram at all in the past few months, chances are high you've seen, double-tapped, or saved Patrick Ta's work. Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Shay Mitchell, and other models and It girls count on him to get them ready for red carpet events, and his signature glowy, airbrushed, glam-yet-wearable aesthetic is the reason he's one of the few makeup artists with over a million devoted followers on Instagram and counting.

Personally, every time I see Patrick's work on my feed, I feel a mix of both extreme admiration and despair. Admiration for the way he seems to know exactly how to flatter his clients' best features in both subtle and edgy ways (Olivia Munn says he's the reason she appreciates the transformative power of makeup, and hello, please admire Bella's highlighter-yellow eye shadow here). Despair because I know that I will never be able to achieve his makeup prowess or experience his touch. That is, until last week. Ta, who recently joined Shiseido as a global color artist for its newly relaunched makeup line, offered to demo some of his favorite products from the new collection on me, and needless to say, I practically wiped off all my makeup on the spot and ran to meet him. As he dabbed fluffy cream blushes and swiped airy, shimmery shadows on my blissed-out face, I tried to pay attention to his every move so I could somehow harness his magic touch into my own routine. I might not have fully succeeded, but I did leave with eight important takeaways that have changed my makeup technique for the better. Keep scrolling to see what they are!