Pictured: Pat McGrath
Photography Credit: Ben Hassett
British makeup artist Pat McGrath has been awarded damehood by Queen Elizabeth II. This makes her the first makeup artist to receive this honor.
The self-taught beauty maven and entrepreneur is known for her signature technique of applying makeup with hands instead of brushes. McGrath is also widely regarded as among the most influential figures in beauty and fashion and noted for her long-standing collaboration with photographer Steven Meisel. Her credits include runway looks for John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Miuccia Prada.
McGrath, who was in Time’s 100 most influential people list in 2019, was born in 1970 in London to a single mother and first-generation Jamaican immigrant. McGrath’s rise to fame began in the 1980s, with her position as the beauty director at i-D magazine.
Pat McGrath has become famous for her boldly experimental and inclusive approach to beauty. In 2015, she ventured into entrepreneurship with the launch of her beauty line, Pat McGrath Labs, which has swiftly become one of the biggest disruptors in the industry and was valued in 2018 as worth $1 billion. Pat McGrath Labs has been widely praised for its inclusive range of skin tones and kaleidoscopic color palettes.
This is a great accomplishment for women of color entrepreneurs in the beauty industry and is well deserved by the 30-year beauty industry vet.
While the British monarchy has been widely criticized, Pat McGrath being honored is a step in the right direction.