To kick off Black History Month, DEMIBlue is excited to present our new blog series showcasing influential women in the beauty industry.
We’re starting with a bang this week with the legendary makeup artist Dame Pat McGrath, named “the most influential makeup artist in the world” by Vogue. She’s the first makeup artist to be awarded Damehood by the Queen for her impact on the fashion and beauty industry. For nearly 20 years, she has been at the top of her game, involved in developing cosmetic brands, runway shows, and editorial work.
Born in Northampton, England, Pat McGrath credits her introduction to the beauty industry to her Jamaican mother. A follower of fashion, her mother taught her everything about the beauty scene, quizzing her on makeup products, colors, and textures. Her mother pushed the idea of creation, making her own foundation shades because shades matching darker skin tones were near nonexistent.
McGrath, also known as the Mother of Modern Makeup, actually has little formal training in professional makeup artistry, but an encounter with the later editor-in-chief of British Vogue started off her career in the 1990s and hasn’t stopped since then. She continues to create beauty looks for some of the world’s most well-known fashion shows, from New York to Paris. Her roster of clients includes prestigious brands like Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, and more.
“Beauty is in all of us.”- Dame Pat McGrath
Known for her innovative and unique makeup technique, she has been at the forefront of many makeup trends, such as dewy skin and powerful natural foundations. Check out some of her runway looks here.
Her most recent venture is her own cosmetic company, PAT McGRATH LABS, aiming to elevate beauty further. The brand has seen great success with high-performing cosmetics for customers, collaborating with various pop culture brands such as Supreme and Star Wars. She strives for inclusivity with universally flattering colors for all skin tones. Celebrating skin and embracing your own beauty remains a big part of her makeup philosophy.
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