“Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment.”
The career of British makeup artist Pat Mc Grath started in the early 90s in London when she introduced her vibrant style—think club-kid couture—to magazines like i-D. In the mid-1990s, she worked both with minimalist Jil Sander and with surrealist John Galliano, where she became known for her “latex petals stuck to faces, vinyl lips, bodies drenched in powder paint.
A bit later, she met the legendary photographer Steven Meisel, whom she collaborates with on his seminal images in major campaigns and published in fashion magazines including American, English, Italian and French Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar.
She attends four fashion show seasons each year all over the world creating the catwalk make up and has worked with designers including Prada, Miu Miu, Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Valentino, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, and Viktor & Rolf and Dolce&Gabbana. Moreover, she designed Armani’s cosmetics line in 1999 and in 2004 was named global creative-design director for Procter and Gamble, where she is in charge of Max Factor and Cover Girl cosmetics, among other brands.
Vogue called her the fashion world’s most important makeup artist:
- she has never been formally trained in fashion or makeup artistry, having only completed a foundation course in art at Northampton College
- she is known for her wide range from “the highest couture to club kids”
- her most creative make-up is handmade, and she works mainly with her fingers instead of with brushes
- in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors List, McGrath was “named an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion and beauty industry”
- during her constant travels to work locations, she takes between thirty and fifty bags of materials, tools, and reference materials
- constantly in demand by top celebrities such as Madonna, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston
- she is really in love with social media. «In some ways, I’m working harder now than ever because I want to capture images of backstage and it’s great to be able to share that with the public, and share that with everyone else in the industry”,- said Pat. And having more than 50 000 followers on her instagram page @patmcgrathreal is a clear confirmation of it.