As if being dubbed “the most influential make-up artist in the world” by Vogue magazine wasn’t enough of an honour, famed British beauty pioneer Pat McGrath can now add MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) to her faultless resume after being awarded the title for her services to the fashion and beauty industry.  

She may not be a household name but Pat McGrath sits firmly at the top of the food chain in the fashion and beauty sphere as the creative mastermind behind some of the world’s biggest catwalk shows and advertising campaigns. Currently holding the title of Creative Design Director at Procter & Gamble Beauty, she is the authority on all make-up related products for brands including Max Factor, CoverGirl and Dolce&Gabbana. She has also created the entire make-up collection for Giorgio Armani when it launched in 1999.

Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

Pat can count herself in good company as she joins an impressive group of previous MBE-bestowed beauty innovators, including make-up artist Ruby Hammer, hair stylist Errol Douglas and Nails Inc. founder and entrepreneur Thea Green.

The acknowledgement is even more impressive when you consider her natural talent in her field. Raised by a single mother, the Northampton-born artist has never had any formal training in make-up artistry. Completing an art foundation course at her local collage her career really took off after a chance meeting with a magazine editor and through word of mouth she soon became one of the most sought-after professionals in London. Fast-forward 20 years and it would take a lifetime to count the brands, photographers, celebrities and magazines Pat has worked with, changing the landscape of backstage beauty for good with her innovative techniques and revolutionary applications.

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