Celebrating a make-up genius
The legendary Pat McGrath is honoured by the CFDA.
SHE is not just a make-up artist, she is an innovator and someone who pushes the boundaries of beauty.
The extraordinary British makeup master Pat McGrath was recently honoured with the Founder’s Award during the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City.
Each June, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc (CFDA) honours the best and brightest in American design at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Founded in 1981 they are the highest honour in fashion and recognise the outstanding contributions made to American fashion as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style and lifetime achievement.
In her Instagram, McGrath said, “What an incredible evening to be presented the Founder’s Award by the CFDA. Beyond honoured. Sending a major thank you from the bottom of my heart to the CFDA, Diane Von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb. So much love to everyone for contributing to an iconic evening.”
McGrath was named by American Vogue as “The most influential make-up artist in the world”, “one of the most influential and powerful people in fashion”, by CNN and “The Fashion Innovator of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal.
She also received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the fashion and beauty industries in 2014.
All this reinforces the influence McGrath has had on the beauty and fashion industry.
Her work was initially seen on the covers and editorials of Italian Vogue, working alongside renowned photographer Steven Meisel for over a decade.
In a statement by CFDA, McGrath was described as “the most influential and sought after make-up artist in the world. Over the last two decades McGrath has been the artistic force behind creating, launching and developing four international luxury cosmetic brands, including her own recently launched eponymous brand – Pat McGrath Labs.
In the honour for the Founder’s Award, CFDA stated: “Pat McGrath’s mastery and incomparable vision have transformed the beauty industry, raising the bar to a level of luxury, quality, and artistry never before seen.
“McGrath pioneered the trend for dewy skin in the 90s, introduced bold colour into the everyday make-up palette, and experimented with unconventional materials like gemstones, feathers, fabric, and even gold splinters. The results were both eclectic and electrifying. McGrath has re-imagined the bold eyebrow, matte skin, and endless details that define beauty. Pat McGrath defines beauty.”
McGrath, 47, was born in Northampton, England, to Jean McGrath, a Jamaican immigrant and a single mother, who raised McGrath and her older sister Faith.
She has credited her mother for her love of fashion and make-up, and she once told Time magazine, “My mum was always mixing up colours because there wasn’t anything out there for black skin.”
For someone without any formal training in make-up or fashion, she has come a long way and is indeed an inspiration for young women and men who are looking to forge a career in make-up artistry.
McGrath has been responsible for conceptualising make-up looks for countless ready-to-wear and couture shows at all the fashion capitals, during annual fashion week as well as creating glamorous to avant-garde looks for numerous A-list celebrities.
Make-up maestro McGrath accepting the CFDA Founder’s Award 2017 in New York recently. — AFP
McGrath conceptualised looks for Prada Spring 2017 as worn by model Sora Song (left) and for Anna Sui Fall/Winter 2017 worn by model Bella Hadid. — Prada and Anna Sui