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Here’s How You Can DIY Pat McGrath’s ‘Porcelain Doll’ Makeup Look

It's doll skin, but better.

This beauty moment at the Maison Margiela SS24 show stole the spotlight. Now, it has been revealed that you needed a ‘face mask’ to recreate the look.

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Maison Margiela’s Artisanal 2024 Collection, directed by British fashion designer John Galliano, has become the talk of the town— and for good reason. Amidst the fashion frenzy that was Paris Fashion Week, the spotlight was promptly stolen by looks meticulously crafted by the one and only Pat McGrath.

Perfectly complementing the arsenal, the models embodied the essence of delicate doll collections from our cherished childhood dreams, elevating the definition of porcelain skin to the next level. The runway ceased to be a mere catwalk; instead, it transformed into a canvas painted with retro pastel eyeshadow, pencil-thin brows, and fragile skin that can’t be broken. It’s no shocker, though—the hailed ‘mother of modern makeup’ was the creative brain behind these spellbinding looks, marking yet another milestone in the beauty scene.


Take a swift scroll through TikTok, and you’ll quickly catch on – these killer looks refuse to be confined to the runway. Eager to recreate the McGrath magic on Margiela’s models, beauty enthusiasts sought after peelable products like masks and liquid latex to achieve the look.

Some creators chose Kryolan Liquid Glass, boasting a transparent film-like finish. However, the artist has confirmed that Kryolan was not the secret sauce to achieve the glass finish everyone’s been obsessing over. Hold onto your beauty blenders, though. The beloved MUA recently revealed all the products you need for that pristine porcelain doll look. Plot twist: you’ll need water-based glue.

In the pursuit of achieving the coveted look, makeup maestro Pat McGrath recently disclosed the meticulous three-year journey they undertook to perfect the technique. For starters, water-based glue was “applied to certain areas of the face,” ensuring that the makeup’s endurance would last longer than the three-hour mark.

Now, what’s the secret behind the flawless finish? A carefully crafted concoction that comprised distilled water, Freeman’s Renewing Peel-Off Gel Mask, and Que Bella’s Hydrating Pineapple Peel Off Mask. Looking at the process as a “real scientific work in progress,” McGrath hinted at an upcoming launch of her own mask.

Step by Step

As for the rest of the look, sans the glass skin, Pat McGrath applied a curated selection of her iconic products. The flawless canvas was crafted using Pat McGrath Labs’ Divine Skin in Rose 001™ The Essence, coupled with the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation and Concealer for a seamless base.

Now, let’s talk about the real show-stealers in this doll-inspired extravaganza – the eyes. Picture this: shades from the otherworldly Mothership I: Subliminal in ‘BLITZ BLUE’ and ‘XTREME BLACK’ adding that pop of magic, while Mothership VI: Midnight Sun in ‘BLITZ VIOLET ORCHID’ and ‘XTREME DUSK’ cranked up the glam game to a whole new level.

Hold on tight – MTHRSHP Mega: Celestial Nirvana in ‘DESERT DIVINITY’ swept in like a cosmic storm, leaving everyone starry-eyed. But hey, we can’t forget the cheeks – they were soaking up that spotlight too, thanks to Divine Blush in Legendary Glow Colour Balm, giving us that rosy red glow.

For a sneak peek at how to recreate the main look, check out McGrath’s viral behind-the-scenes video below:

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