Nicola Coughlan Spills The Tea on Why Everyone In 'Bridgerton' Season Two Has Such Glowy Skin

She's the face of Pat McGrath's second makeup collaboration with the hit Netflix show.

Nicola Coughlan on the Pat McGrath Products Used in Bridgerton Season 2
Photo: Credit is courtesy of Pat McGrath Labs

Dear reader, Lady Whistledown has been quiet since the season finale of Bridgerton because she's been busy acting as the muse to legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath.

Just in time for the season two drop of the hit Shondaland series on Netflix, Pat McGrath Labs is back with a second Bridgerton makeup collection with a campaign starring Nicola Coughlan who plays Penelope Featherington (aka Lady Whistledown) on the show.

"We found out the collaboration was going to happen when we first started filming season two —
and we had been using the MTHRSHP eyeshadow palette on Penelope for the whole season," Coughlan tells InStyle over Zoom. "When they got in touch and said they'd love to work together it was a no-brainer. Makeup is a real passion of mine, and Pat McGrath is one of the most iconic makeup brands in the world, if not the most. So how would I say no to that? Of course I wouldn't."

The second Bridgerton makeup collection includes five new limited-edition products: the six shade MTHRSHP: Bell Of The Ball eyeshadow palette, Legendary Wear: Velvet Kohl Eyeliner, seven shades of the dewy finish SatinAllure Lipstick, Skin Fetish: Skintillating Diamond Body Shimmer, and Blushing Delights face palette. All products come in pink packing with Regency era-inspired prints. The collection is priced from $24 to $65 and will be available on March 24 at

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton II Collection

While Coughlan has to keep plot lines under wraps, she can spill the tea on the key Pat McGrath products head hair and makeup artist Erika Ökvist used during filming, including the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation, a go-to for dewy, natural-looking skin.

"I think you'll see that in season two, Erika, who designed the makeup looks, and Jenny Rhodes-McLean, who's my makeup artist, wanted everyone to look glowy and fresh," Coughlan shares. "I think we're quite lucky in the Bridgerton world because we have some artistic license. People have seen season one and know it's a world that's really colorful, really diverse, and kind of anachronistic in its own way. So they were able to take that and go, yeah, let's give them the most beautiful skin."

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While Coughlan can't share details about the plot, she can share is which of her character's season two looks is her favorite.

"There's one look I wear; I'm wearing a yellow dress, which is pretty much par for the course for Penelope. Jenny, my makeup artist, and I worked on progressing her look from episode one through eight. So she is kind of becoming more confident, more in control of her own look, but not completely because she's still in her crazy yellow dresses," she says. "There's one point, I want to say it's the sixth episode, where you can kind of see that she looks really different from episode one of season two and from season one. It's much, much softer. We used a pink on the lip and the hair is really romantic. I actually can't say where she is or what she is doing!"

Now that Lady Whistledown has unloaded all of the hot gossip about the second Bridgerton makeup collection and a bit of what to expect beauty-wise in season two, let's do a deep dive of the products, shall we?

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MTHRSHP: Belle Of The Ball Palette

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton II MTHSHP Belle Of The Ball Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is comprised of multipurpose cream powder shadows that can be used on the eyes and cheeks. There are six Regency era-inspired shades in various finishes: matte plum, statin peony-pink, shimmering rose-gold, shimmering pastel pink, metallic aqua, and metallic chartreuse.

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Skin Fetish: Skintillating Diamond Body Shimmer

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton II Blushing Belles Palette

McGrath's first-ever body product is this luminous loose powder housed in a Regency-era pot with a puff applicator. Formulated with squalane, it melts into skin for a smooth, shimmery finish. It comes in two shades: Golden Majesty and Pale Moon.

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Legendary Wear: Kohl Eyeliner

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton II Legendary Wear: Velvet Kohl Eyeliner in Xtreme Black

Create both precise and smudged lines with this jet black velvety kohl eyeliner.

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SatinAllure Lipstick

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton II SatinAllure Lipstick

The SatinAllure Lipstick has a dewy finish that feels weightless on lips, thanks to botanical collagen and passion fruit oil in its formula. It comes in seven shades, including multiple nudes, a red, and a berry.

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Blushing Delights Palette

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton II Skin Fetish: Skintillating Diamond Body Shimmer

This blush and highlight palette includes three shades of silky blush to flush the cheeks and a mélange highlighter to add luminosity to the skin.

The Pat McGrath Labs x Bridgerton II collection retails between $28 and $65 and will be available at on March 24.

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