The makeup artist Patrick Ta has a loyal following of clients that includes everyone from the Kardashians to Ariana Grande. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Ta spends more time traveling than at home, flying around the world to create what he calls the “selfie-look” — makeup that looks as good on camera as in real life — for his celebrity clientele.
He logs so much time in the air that, he says, “I’ve watched every single movie on the plane that they have to offer.” In a recent conversation, he outlined a busy six weeks: “I just came back from Vietnam and I went straight to New York; then I went straight to New Orleans and now I’m back in L.A. for four days; then I go to Brazil for a week and I come back and I go to London, then I’m there for a couple days, then I go to Tokyo. Then I come back to New York and it’s the Met Gala, and then the Cannes film festival, then London, Paris and Berlin.”
He uses those hours on the plane to beautify. “I’ve always heard my clients or my friends telling me, ‘Oh, put on a face mask when you’re traveling,’ but obviously that’s embarrassing. But I just got over that embarrassment and I did it. Even though it tells me to leave it on for 30 minutes, I’ll leave it on for six hours, and I’ll wake up and my skin will feel like it’s protected from that dirty airplane air. Moisturizer, plumper, whatever mask that you’re putting on, you get that full, maximum effect.”
He’s no longer concerned with looking strange on the plane. “I basically have to go straight to work and I do not want to look like I’ve been traveling all day, so I will usually put on a face mask and I honestly think it’s genius. It does look odd, but once you get over that factor, you’re like, I’m going to look a little bit better than you when I wake up, so who cares?”