Get Into Pat McGrath’s Legendary Impact In Makeup & Fashion

We’re celebrating the ‘mother of makeup’s incomparable creations and impact on the beauty world.

Pat McGrath
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Today, we are saluting the “mother of makeup,” Dame Pat McGrath. Renown as the most influential makeup artist in the world, McGrath has transformed beauty and fashion on a global scale. Her creative vision has helped her make beauty history and establish mainstay trends with her legendary makeup and creative process on fashion runways and magazines.

McGrath attributes her own beauty addiction to her mother, Jean. As they would watch films together, they would analyze and identify which designers inspired the looks. Her career in beauty started after being spotted by presenter Janice Long while she was standing outside Radio 1. 

More than 25 years later, McGrath continues to be a breath of fresh air for makeup pros and junkies (like myself). Her creations are more than “covering imperfections,” they are art. She also continues to set new bars beyond societal expectations, including becoming a self-made beauty billionaire and the first-ever makeup artist to receive damehood.

Read on to learn more about her legendary influence.