Patrick Ta Gives Us His Go-To Makeup Removal Routine

An oil cleanse and the new Clarisonic Mia Smart are all he needs.

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Removing makeup is almost always just as hard as putting it on. You might do everything you can to remove that gorgeous smokey eye and contoured cheekbone, but still get a tiny pimple or dehydrated pores in the morning. You could even double cleanse and still feel like your skin is duller than ever. Even wipes are never really full proof.
While you may only do this once at the end of the day, half a professional makeup artist’s workload is doing the exact same thing. They live, breathe, and eat the art of makeup. Because of this, they should know a thing or two about removal. We’re still struggling to find the best way to 100% remove our painted faces, so we called on the legendary Patrick Ta to tell us a thing or two about his favorite tool to use, the Clarisonic Mia Smart. The tool has the power to remove and apply (yes, you heard that correctly) makeup. The brush’s patented sonic technology cleanses 6 times better than hands alone. In fact, using a tool such as a brush penetrates deeper into the skin, digging into pores so no residue or grime is left over. Keep reading for Patrick’s take on his makeup removal routine and more!

As a professional makeup artist, you’ve removed the toughest of waterproof makeup. Why is the Mia Smart your go-to for stubborn removal versus other methods? 

Brushes like the Mia Smart are the only makeup removal tools that go deep into pores. The rotating bristles on the Mia Smart really loosen all excess makeup and dirt from the pores making removal a breeze. I do like to prewash with an oil and a rinse followed by my Mia Smart and a soapy cleanser. This makes my brush heads last longer too!

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What is your favorite thing about the new Clarisonic Mia Smart? How does the makeup application tool work? 

I’m obsessed with the Sonic Foundation Blender attachment. It literally makes foundation look seamless and that’s always the goal when my clients hire me for glam! It uses 18,000 micro blends per minute making foundation application a breeze. Expect to save time in the mornings as this technology has your foundation done in 60 seconds.

How does the Mia Smart help with anti-aging? 

Not only does it have cleansing brush heads to remove makeup and cleanse (e.g. Radiance Brush Head), it also works with the Firming Massage Head and Sonic Awakening Eye Massager, which provide a firming and toning massage! The Firming Massage Head works to target the 15 signs of aging (e.g. facial sagging, firmness, wrinkles, facial fine lines, etc.) and the Sonic Awakening Eye Massager visibly reduces under-eye puffiness, crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles.

What’s your skincare routine like? 

I always start by cleansing my face with my Mia Smart and favorite La Mer Cleansing gel, followed by the Renewal Oil, soft cream and eye cream!

What are some of your favorite makeup and skincare products? 

I can’t live without my Patrick Ta Highlighting Mist, Lip Gloss and Body Oil for obvious reasons. But I also love everything La Mer both makeup and skincare and staples like MAC Fix Plus and Kelley Baker Brow Gel!

While you’re here, read our in-depth interview with the legendary Elle Macpherson. 

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