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Taylor Swift can still make the whole place sparkle.
On Tuesday, the superstar dropped his second “Midnights” music video, for the synth-pop bop “Bejeweled” — and the Cinderella-inspired clip is full of Easter eggs, celebrity cameos and dazzling makeup moments.
The Swifties can thank legendary entertainer Pat McGrath for the latter; the beauty pro not only orchestrated the many makeup looks on set, but also made an appearance in the video itself.
“Taylor called me with two questions. The first was to ask if I would do all of her beautiful looks; the second request was to be her queen in the video. It was such an honor,” McGrath told Page Exclusive Six Style.
The makeup maestro joined a cast that also included Laura Dern (as an evil stepmother), the Haim sisters (as stepsisters), Dita Von Teese (as a fairy godmother – or “fairy goddess” , by Swift) and “Midnights” producer Jack Antonoff (as Prince), with the singer directing the video in addition to starring as Swifterella.
“When Taylor told me she wanted me to play the Queen in her ‘Fairy Tale with a Twist,’ I was so flattered,” McGrath says.
“I’m usually a behind-the-scenes person, but Taylor was the most amazing director. Through her guidance, she made me feel confident, safe, and empowered to become Queen Pat. It was a day that I will never forget. »
As for that glitzy glamour, McGrath and Swift worked together to dream up a trio of looks worthy of a storybook princess, including a bedazzled cat eye the pair teased on the 2022 VMAs red carpet in august.
“We had a fabulous time creating the looks for ‘Bejeweled’ – Taylor is such a visionary and thinks of every detail,” McGrath said. “When she mentioned she wanted to do a video just for fans who love sparkle, I knew it was going to be magical.”
“Shimmer” might be an understatement; between Swift, Von Teese and the dancers in the video, McGrath says she ended up using over 1,000 crystals for the shoot.
And while the beauty trailblazer plays coy when asked if she and Swift have any more projects going on — ‘Mother never says that,’ she jokes — she was happy to break down the three makeup moments magic in “Bejeweled,” so fans can “polish up real nice” at home.
Look 1: Midnight Muse
To get that “powerful wing of jewelry,” McGrath started by defining Swift’s eyes with PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencils ($29) in Blitz Blue and Xtreme Black. Next, she created a cat’s eye by blending the Nocturnal Navy shade from her Mthrshp Mega Palette: Celestial Nirvana ($82) in the outer corner, followed by the Aquarian Dream and Bronze Infatuation shades on the lid “for an extra metallic sheen. “. Finally, McGrath reached for her Mothership II: Sublime Palette ($128), applying Blitz Emerald from the inner corner of the eye to the center of the lid.
For the look’s glossy nude lip, McGrath used PermaGel Ultra Lip Liner ($29) in Structure to define Swift’s mouth, followed by a slick of MatteTrance Lipstick ($39) in Femme Bot and Lust Lip. Gloss ($29) in Bella.
Mthrshp Mega Eyeshadow Palette: Celestial Nirvana ($82)
Look 2: Beauty adorned with jewels
This look “embodies elegance and empowerment,” says McGrath. For the “champagne crystallized eye,” she started with Desert Divinity from the Mthrshp Mega Palette: Celestial Nirvana ($82) in both the crease and under the eye, followed by Sterling from the Mothership IV Palette. : Decadence ($128) to add a metallic sheen. McGrath then created a classic wing using PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil ($29) layered under Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner ($34), which she embellished with “sapphire tears” (blue crystals ) in the inner corner and under the eye to complete the effect.
It wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift production without a red lip somewhere — and for this “bold and opulent ombre” look, McGrath applied Legendary Wear LiquiLust Matte Lipstick ($32) in Elson 4 after defining the lips using PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil ($29). ) in Blood Lust – then blending the same product in a darker shade, Deep Dive, around the outer corner of the mouth.
Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick ($32)
Look 3: Dreamy decadence
To create Swift’s “futuristic jewel wing,” McGrath drew a cat’s eye (sharp enough to kill a man) using PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil ($29) topped with Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner ( $34). Next, she applied Astral Lilac Aura from the Mothership X: Moonlit Seduction Palette ($128) for a “bewitching glow.” And while Swift didn’t exactly have diamonds in her eyes, she did have lots of crystals – 70, to be precise, which McGrath placed on the lid and the inside and outside corners using eyelash adhesive.
Building on the red ombre lip seen earlier in the video, McGrath deepened the look by using the same PermaGel Ultra Lip Liner ($29) in Deep Dive to completely shade Swift’s mouth before blending in the lipstick. LiquiLust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick ($32) in Elson 4 on top.
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership X Eyeshadow Palette: Moonlight Seduction ($128)
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