Many may not recognize the name Pat McGrath, but chances are you have seen countless photos of her work whether that be in Vogue, on the runways or on your favorite celebrity.
Born to a Jamaican immigrant, Pat McGrath grew up in Northampton, England where her love of makeup and fashion soon began to flourish. Her interest in makeup and her strong creativity came from her mother. In an interview for TIME magazine in 2003, she described her mother as, “Always mixing up colours because there wasn’t anything out there for black skin.” Though McGrath was never formally trained, through hard work and passion she was able to work her way through the ranks of the fashion and cosmetic industry into the biggest brands in the business such as Prada and Armani.
Throughout her career, she has always been a proponent of individuality and equality within the makeup industry. Gifted with a rare talent, she has often been hailed as the world’s most influential makeup artist by Vogue along with many other publications. In many ways, influential does not even begin to describe the impact McGrath has made on the fashion industry.
Not only has she created trends on the runway, but fashion and makeup trends that can be seen on the average woman. She has remained a legend and staple in the cosmetic and fashion industry because of her sheer talent and innovation. Now she is breaking into creating her own brand of makeup called Pat McGrath Labs. Her first product aptly titled Gold 001 for its striking and pigmented gold color sold out almost immediately and her new line of highlighters have received an equally amazing response. The most recognized attribute of her products is that they have been made to work for all skin tones, making it universally sought after.
So one may ask, why is Pat McGrath the most influential makeup artist in the world? The answer is simple. She is one of the only artists that has been continuously sought after and acknowledged for her unparalleled creativity and skill. McGrath is an example to all women everywhere that with hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true. It matters not where you come from, nor your education. The thing that matters most is your passion and willingness to work for your dreams. If Pat McGrath can become the world’s most influential makeup artist without any formal education, there is no telling what we can become.