Cel­e­brat­ing a make-up ge­nius

The leg­endary Pat McGrath is hon­oured by the CFDA.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - By SAN­DRA LOW star2@thes­tar.com.my

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

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