The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath at the CFDA Fashion Awards 2017. The association every year in June celebrates and awards the best of the American design. Even though Path McGrath is British, her contribution to the American Fashion world is vast. Pat is the first makeup artist ever to receive the CFDA’s Founder’s Award. For more than twenty years Pat creates the most iconic runway makeup looks and graces numberless magazine covers with her work. She has worked with most of the haute couture fashion houses and top models such as Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevingne.
Pat launched her eponymous makeup brand Pat McGrath Labs and her products are out of this world. Before she launched her own products she helped many famous brands to create their products. She has collaborated with Dior, Gucci, CoverGirl and Dolce and Gabbana in the past.
Pat creates futuristic unconventional makeup looks using sequins, crystals, pigments, face paints and unique techniques.
Feast your eyes on just a few of the many iconic makeup looks that the makeup goddess Pat McGrath has created through the years.
Christian Dior Spring Couture 2004
Back in 2004, Pat created this jaw-dropping Tutankhamun-inspired makeup look. The unconventional recreation of the Egyptian pharaoh featured mesmerizing gold metallic details all over the model’s face.
Christian Dior Fall 2009
Pat channeled the Geisha glamor for the Christian Dior Fall 2009 runway show. The artist transformed the model’s brows into thin lines and placed the accent on the eyes. She included long false lower eyelashes that gave a bold note to the entire look. Pat used the degradé lip technique to create a modern version of the signature Geisha lips.
Christian Dior Fall 2010 Couture
The greatest makeup artist of all times virtuously paired the avant-garde and the romance in this look. She did a bold graphic vivid blue eyeliner and paired it with deep plum lips. The unconventional eyeliner was enriched with sensual long false eyelashes that added more drama to the look.
Christian Dior Fall 2011 Couture
This is one of the most popular makeup looks that Pat has created. We could only guess how many hours were invested in this look. The tiny crystals were placed all over the model’s eyelids all the way to the temples. The strategic placement of the crystals created a smokey eye effect. The dark burgundy lipstick added a dose of romance to the look.
Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture
Pat transferred the color-blocking trend that took over the runways to the model’s eyelids and lips. She used bright neon colors and even a colored mascara to create the most beautiful colorful beauty statements.
Christian Dior Spring 2014
For this breath-taking look, McGrath used a few layers of gold paint, gold glitter and gold pigment. She covered the brows and the eyelids with the metallic gold shade in order to achieve the texture of the brocade fabric.
Givenchy Fall 2015
As you could see, Pat often opts for crystals, sequins and even jewelry pieces like in this case. The Victorian-inspired makeup look that took nearly six hours to create looks like a real piece of art.
Maison Margiela Fall 2015
Pat’s talent is truly limitless even when she doesn’t play with regular makeup products. For this abstract look she distributed a face paint on one side of the model’s face. The look was inspired by the monochromatic paintings of the French artist Yves Klein. The international Klein blue hue on the model’s face made an unbeatable beauty statement at the Maison Margiela fall runway show.
Maison Margiela Spring 2016 Couture
Path McGrath channeled David Bowie through this futuristic makeup look. This is another look that includes a lot of sparkles and 3D elements. The silver stars framed the model’s eye. The shiny black lipstick with a touch of scarlet on the lower lip made this look probably one of the boldest that Pat McGrath has ever done.
Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2017 Couture
This year Pat decided to play with a thread as makeup. We had the pleasure to see the mesmerizing wings created with thread instead of eyeliner. She shaped the thread in a cat-eye shape and glued it to the model’s eyelids. To add more drama Pat painted the thread with gold and silver pigments.