We Chart Pat McGrath's Career Highlights In Celebration Of Her MBE

03 January 2014 by


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Sophie Dahl For YSL, 2000

Pat was the make-up artist behind this provocative Opium fragrance campaign back in 2000, transforming Sophie Dahl into an emerald-eyed, magenta-lipped goddess.

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Louis Vuitton SS14

The likes of Gisele, Edie Campbell and Sofia Coppola are the beauties in the latest Louis Vuitton campaign, all made-up to total perfection by Pat.

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Stella McCartney SS14

We fell head over heels for this chic-yet-tough look backstage at Stella McCartney- we love the 60s nod!

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Versace SS14

Another winning beauty look backstage at Versace- a grey smokey eye and nude lip combo- we love!

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Louis Vuitton SS13

Remember this awesome Louis Vuitton campaign last year? Pat McGrath was the legend behind the stunning 60s make-up looks.

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Versace AW13

Working her magic again backstage at Versace, but this time with a hint of punk. Super-cool, we say.

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Gucci AW13

Trust Pat to come up with a beauty look so striking- a year on and we still cannot stop staring at these gorgeous plum-hued peepers backstage at Gucci. Good work, Pat!

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Anna Sui AW13

Amazing false lashes? Check. Flawless porcelain complexion? Check. Pat McGrath working her magic backstage? Check!

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Givenchy AW12

Pat made bronze metallic hues super-cool back at the Givenchy shows in AW12. Take note, ladies!

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Prada SS11

Shot by Stephen Miesel, we fell head over heels for the beauty looks in this campaign.

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Dolce and Gabbana True Monica, SS14

We loved every single item in the True Monica range last year- the pretty-in-pink, wearable nude shades were all over our lips and tips. Monica Bellucci certainly put the sexy back in neutral make-up- way to go, Pat!

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Viktor and Rolf AW13

Pat said “The look of the makeup is very pretty, very natural—beautiful blush on the cheeks and on the lips, eyebrows groomed to perfection, eyes contoured perfectly, and brown mascara on the lashes. We want the girls to look fresh but finished—and divine.”

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Dior AW08

One of Pat’s incredible couture creations backstage at Dior.

A congratulations sure is in order this week as make-up legend Pat McGrath has just received an MBE for her stellar services to the fashion and beauty industry. Way to go, Pat! Considered one of the top make-up artists in the world, us beauty ladies couldn’t think of a more deserving candidate for the award, unveiled in the New Year’s Honours List earlier this week. There’s no denying that Pat is one of our true beauty icons- with 43 Vogue covers under her belt, having created more catwalk beauty looks than we ever thought possible (from Dior to D&G), as well as being constantly in demand by the likes of Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston, McGrath sure is one heck of a serious beauty legend.

Pat McGrath talking us through the Dolce & Gabbana beauty look for SS14 [Grazia Live]

Born in 1970 in Northampton to a single mother of Jamaican descent, Pat quickly became obsessed with beauty and landed her first job as a make-up artist back in 1996 with Aveda. It’s a been a true whirlwind for our Pat ever since- from transforming Sophie Dahl into an emerald-eyed naked goddess back in 2000 for YSL’s Opium to creating five different looks for Dior’s A/W 2008 couture show, there’s no stopping Ms McGrath. What’s more, in addition to developing cosmetic lines for Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, Pat was also appointed Global Creative Design Director of Procter & Gamble beauty, where she helped to revamp Max Factor and CoverGirl.

In homage to Pat, we’ve pulled together our edit of her best-ever beauty moments. Click through the gallery above and prepare for some serious eye candy… Congratulations, Pat!


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