If you’ve been reading Curate for a while, you will know that we here love Pat McGrath’s work and if you’re not yet following the inimitable makeup artist on Instagram, her recent announcement to her followers may be a good reason to start. The hand behind some of the most iconic faces we’ve seen in fashion for the past 15 years has announced a call for talent via her Instagram account just last week. The rules are as follows––follow her personal account, recreate one of her makeup looks, post it to Instagram and hashtag it #BackstageWithPatMcGrath before December 1st. Pat will select a handful of finalists who will get to work with her and her team backstage in either New York, Milan or Paris. It’s an almost impossibly rare opportunity to work with the undisputed doyenne of makeup in fashion today. "I've been looking for new team members, and the thing is, I kept seeing such great talent on Instagram that I thought it would be great to meet some of these people," says Ms. McGrath on the contest. As it stands now, there are 5,007 submissions and counting––time to whip out the MAC paint pots and Diorshow Blackout and get to work.
(L) Karen Elson, Pat McGrath, Lily Cole and Jessica Stam backstage at Christian Dior A/W 2005 RTW. (M) Pat McGrath and Agyness Deyn backstage at Anne Sui A/W 2007. (R) Pat McGrath and Natalia Vodianova backstage at Stella McCartney S/S 2010.