why we love pat mcgrath...
Even if you haven’t heard the name Pat McGrath, chances are—if you are a make-up junkie like me—you have re-pinned, re-grammed, re-tweeted, liked or shared her work !
Since her arrival on the fashion scene in the early 1990s, she has worked with some of the biggest fashion houses, photographers, models and make-up lines. She is currently Creative Design Director for Procter & Gamble (think CoverGirl, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and plenty more) and easily the most influential make-up artist in the business while also being completely self-taught. And so it seems only a natural progression that she came out with her own make-up line.This is exciting. Beyond exciting. She released Gold 001, a multi-purpose pigment, which debuted at the Prada Spring/Summer 2016 show held in Milan. Unfortunately for us Kiwis, it isn’t yet available in New Zealand (cruel world!) and currently sold out everywhere. But never fear, there will be more to come with her full make-up line to be released later this year. The make-up community was waiting with bated breath for part two of her release on December 15—Phantom 002, and it looks like heaven on earth for those yearning for a bit of drama with their make-up. This new eight-piece set includes four bold pigments (Fuschia 002, Blue 002, Gold 002 and Copper 002), two brushes and my personal favourite, Black 002 Eye Gloss. And this year at Paris Fashion Week, Pat debuted a mysterious new product known only as 003... And from her sneak peeks via Instagram (@patmcgrathreal), I think we can safely call it another game changer. We have deduced it is most likely a pressed powder highlighter that can be used wet or dry.
Pat McGrath takes inspiration from the world around her and creates a synergy that binds all aspects together through her make-up. She once told Vogue UK, “I’m influenced a lot by the fabrics I see, the colours that are in the collections and the girl's faces. It is always a challenge but that is the key—to make it different every time.” She has always inspired me to work with each person’s facial features, rather than on top of them.
She is a pioneer in the creative industry and continues to inspire me to take risks with my work and with my own make-up.
- Jemima K, Beauty Editor
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