If there was ever a gift that I would covet more than my own God-given talent to style hair; it would be the ability to beat a face like Pat McGrath. Even though she has no ‘formal training’ by way of esthetics or cosmetology; Pat has managed the grand title of Global Cosmetics Creative Design Director for Proctor & Gamble. No small upstart company, P&G brands include; Max Factor, Cover Girl, SK-II and the relaunch of Dolce & Gabanna.
Born in Northampton, England of Jamaican descent; Pat McGrath has so many editorial credits from so many notable fashion houses, its fair to say, she’s done every everything a successful make-up artist would have had on their dream board hanging on their bedroom wall.
With a celebrity client list that reads like the front row at Bryant Park; Madonna, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Anniston, Scarlett Johansson..etc.etc.etc. McGrath shares editorial credits with celebrated photog Steven Meisel and hairstylist Oribe, Orlando Pita and the ‘avant- garde’ Guido Palau…just to name a few. She’s collaborated on major fashion campaigns for Valentino, Dolce, Armani, Prada, Lanvin, Balenciago, YSL and Louis Vuitton….Pat McGrath is the ‘go-to’ Make-up maven in the world of high-fashion.
What I appreciate most about Pat McGrath is the humility she demonstrates in interviews with young hopefuls, stating that ‘you don’t have to have a fancy degree to have success; your passion will drive you to wherever you want to go’. In her very British, pithy manner she exclaims, ‘If you have a dream just go for it’, says McGrath and considering she is a self-taught phenomena….I can dig it!!
You can catch Ms. McGrath’s tips & tricks in Allure magazine, where she hangs out as a contributing columnist; as well as Beauty Director for i-D Magazine.