After looking at last Thursday’s Prada show, I think we can all say that Pat McGrath is THE Mistress of Make-up, which is why she is the first in a new series I like to call “Of Note.” The look was natural with pinched pink lips, pink cheeks, and light,natural brown eyes. Whenever you see an editorial or runway show with spectacular faces, it is usually her creation. The self-taught beauty queen from England was inspired by her Jamaican mother’s love of fashion, make-up, and old movies. Those influences taught her more about make-up artistry than the few art foundation courses she took at Northampton Art College ever did.
She began her career in the early 90s working with the team of Edward Enninful (fashion director of i-D Magazine), hairstylist Eugene Souleiman and photographer Craig McDean. Her specialty is mixing and blending colors, and using materials like the latex she often uses for John Galliano’s shows to create otherworldly, almost alien faces. Once she began working with noted fashion photographer Steven Meisel, he basically claimed her for almost every shoot including Vogue Italia, American Vogue, and the current Lanvin, Prada, Dior, and Juicy Couture ads. In 2004, McGrath became the Creative Director at Procter & Gamble Beauty, which means she works with Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics, CoverGirl, Max Factor, and SK-II.
Throughout the year and the four fashion show seasons with plenty of crew, vans, and over 50 bags of tools and make-up, she transforms models into geishas, aliens, punk rock goddesses, and couture queens. Pat McGrath, on the other hand, loves to keep her make-up “fairly simple”, which is exactly what she did with for the Prada show. She paled the skin by adding foundation that was a shade lighter. McGrath also added a creamy pink blush to the cheeks and lips. For the eyes, she decided not to use mascara, but she did use a beige eye liner and brown eyeshadow on the eye.
Check out the full video of the Prada Show:
Photos from Vouge UK and Style.com