Shadow Spotlight: Pat McGrath

Feb. 13 / 17

Hey there! A new week and there is a lot to cover, so let’s get started. Pat McGrath is this month’s Shadow Spotlight and perfect for Black History Month in fashion.

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair

Vogue magazine has called this makeup guru the most influential makeup artist in the world and she deserves that right. Born in Northampton, England to a Jamaican immigrant mother, McGrath always had a love for fashion and makeup. That credit goes to her mom. Known for her colorful and out of this world makeup looks, McGrath is the one designers call for when fashion week comes.

McGrath had no formal training in either fashion or make-up. The closest to training was the completion of an art foundation course at a college in Northampton. In the early 1990’s her career breakthrough came when she worked with then fashion editor of i-D magazine, Edward Enninful. She has worked with photographers such as Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, Helmut Newton, and Peter Lindbergh. Designers such as Prada, Miu Miu, Comme des Garcons, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, John Galliano, and others round out the list.

In 1999 she designed a cosmetic line for Armani. By 2004 Proctor & Gamble chose McGrath as the global creative-design director, in charge of Max Factor, Cover Girl, and other brands. She’s also known for her wide range and inventive use of materials.

By 2013, McGrath was named MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the fashion and beauty industry. McGrath debuted her very own make-up line in October 2015, which Sephora began carrying, bringing her line mainstream. Not bad for a lady from Northampton.

You can visit her website

Here are a few videos, one from three years ago….




It’s good to see a woman of color doing her thing! Makes me proud to be a woman of color….Enjoy your Monday, be blessed.



























featured image: Jones Magazine
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