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2 Minutes with Patrick Havegheer

2Mag sits down with celebrated makeup artist Patrick Havegheer, who shares with us his work, his obsessions, his dreams, and his inspirations.

February 06, 2017
Belgian-born Patrick Havegheer is a makeup and beauty expert with the kind of CV that will stun you. The founder of Atelier Patrick Henri (patrickhenri.com) spent several years working as a professional makeup artist, working for covetable brands such as Versace Makeup and Yves Saint Laurent, before opening his own studio in Hong Kong, a place described by Patrick as “love at first sight – vibrant, fashionable, trendy, and culturally diverse”.

That’s saying a lot, coming from a person who has spent his life globetrotting –he was born in Belgium and has worked in New York, LA, Milan, London, and finally Hong Kong. Patrick started out working as a PR for clubs after which he was picked by Versace Makeup. Before he knew it, he was catapulted globally as press spokesperson, trainer, and international makeup artist. The funny part is, he said he’d actually had no intention to become a makeup artist.
Image: instagram @patrickhenrihk

Tell us more about your experience as a makeup artist.
Makeup, for me, is a way to travel the world, meet people, and learn from them while doing a job I love.  

What do you like best about your job?
The smile of a person I do make-up for and the confidence it gives [the person].

What are the biggest challenges of your job?
Finding real people in an artificial world.

Your favorite makeup experience?
While conducting a promotion in Kuala Lumpur, where customers had makeup and hair done and then a photo taken, a lady watched me applying make-up for hours. At a certain point, I had a 30-minute break and went to her, and I asked if she wanted her makeup done. She was shy and could not believe she could look pretty. She refused at first, but her picture turned out the best of all –she felt pretty and happy and it showed! I will never forget the happiness.

Image: instagram @patrickhenrihk

Craziest behind-the-scene makeup experience?
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Favorite shade of rouge, blue, brown, and gray?
Ruby red, turquoise, bronze, granite.

Hero products?
Patrick Henri N.1 Cleanser/Toner/Eye makeup remover launched in November 2016.

One product you can’t live without?
Esse Repair Oil, an antibacterial, hydrating, fast-acting repair oil.

One product you believe a client should not live without?
Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint.

Dream client?
Someone who is relaxed and has faith in me.

Koh Samui, Thailand.

Dream face?
Where I see potential but the person doesn't think I can do much, and I prove her wrong.  

What is your signature make-up look?
Fresh in no time.

Favorite work destination?
The Caribbean Island of St Maarten/St Martin.

Favorite non-work destination?
Koh Samui, Thailand.

Secrets to looking fresh off the plane?
Organic Elements Resilience Activator, hydrating serum.

Items you can’t live without while traveling?
Patrick Henri N.1 Cleanser.

Image: instagram @patrickhenrihk

Top organizational tips for a busy day?
Keep it simple.

To look sharp at night?
Black eye liner/Mascara/Bright lipstick.

To fix beauty emergencies?
Veld's Eye Magic highlighter/concealer.

To indulge yourself?
Relaxing facial/Thai massage.  

Grooming splurges?
A good haircut.