You may not know her name but you certainly know her looks. She is the master of the sultry, smoky eye and the luscious, Cupid’s bow, defined lip. She is a risk-taker, unafraid to experiment with bold colours, sequins and glitter, but is also the pioneer of bare-faced, minimal, ‘no make up’ make up.
This year, make-up artist, Pat McGrath, collects the CFDA Founder’s Award. The accolade is in honour of her outstanding contribution to the fashion and beauty industries. For decades, Pat McGrath has created thousands of memorable and mesmerising looks. Whether in campaigns or gazed upon on the runways, she has played a major role in the presentations of luxury megabrands including Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen to name a very small few.
She works hundreds of shows every Fashion Week. She is the make-up artist of choice for covers and editorials of iconic magazines. In fact, esteemed photographer, Steven Meisel, won’t shoot an image without her and American Vogue has hailed her “the most influential make-up artist in the world”.
With 4 international cosmetics lines under her belt including the most recently launched, Pat McGrath Labs, she continues to inspire a generation of talented, insta-loving, aspiring MUAs to follow in her footsteps.
Here we celebrate her global, trend-setting, artistry.