If you’ve picked up a fashion magazine in the past five years or so, chances are you’ve seen Pat McGrath’s work. She was born in 1970, raised in Northampton, England and credits her Jamaican mother with her love of fashion and makeup. With the exception of a foundation course at Northampton Art College, she has had no formal training, but her innovative use of color during the 1990s catapulted her to work for Jil Sander and John Galliano.
Today she is Global Cosmetics Creative Design Director for Procter and Gamble, a major force behind brands like Max Factor, CoverGirl, SK-II and Dolce and Gabanna. She attends four fashion seasons per year (including couture) and has done runway work (Miu Miu, Commes des Garcons and Prada) and campaign work (Calvin Klein, Clinique, Jil Sander, Elizabeth Arden). Among celebrities who seek her services are Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston. She also serves as Beauty Director for i-D Magazine and is known for her continually groundbreaking editorial work for publications such as American, English, French and Italian Vogue, W and Harper’s Bazaar.