Pat McGrath Is the First Makeup Artist to Be Granted Damehood

Pat McGrath on November 14, 2012 in New York City.

Pat McGrath on November 14, 2012 in New York City.
Photo: Theo Wargo for Barneys New York (Getty Images)

Makeup mogul Pat McGrath, fondly known as “The Mother of Makeup” by fashion and beauty insiders, received a well-deserved honor by Queen Elizabeth II for the new year. Previously named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 for her services to the beauty and fashion industries, McGrath, who has since launched her eponymous billion-dollar brand as well as becoming British Vogue’s Beauty Editor-at-Large got a historic promotion as part of the Queen’s New Year’s honors list. She is now the first makeup artist and among a handful of Black women to be granted damehood, the female equivalent of knighthood (an honor simultaneously granted to race car driver and fashion designer Lewis Hamilton as part of this year’s celebration, among others).


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Make-up artist Pat McGrath appointed Dame in the Queen’s New Year Honours list

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In the Queen’s New Year 2021 Honours List, the legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath has been awarded D.B.E. Dame of the British Empire for services to the Fashion and Beauty industry and Diversity. She is the first make-up artist to achieve such recognition, having been awarded with an MBE in 2014.   

Often cited as one of most influential people in the creative industries, 50 year old Northampton-born McGrath is behind dozens of catwalk make-up looks each fashion season – creating beauty looks for brands including Prada, Dior and Gucci – as well as the make-up for every cover of Italian Vogue for twenty years. She is also the Beauty Editor-at-Large for British Vogue since 2017, and in 2019 was included in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list. 

As well as her skill as a make-up artist, McGrath also runs her own eponymous make-up range Pat

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What It’s Like to Do Makeup for a Virtual Fashion Show During the Pandemic

Before heading backstage for Fashion Week shows, I must take a deep breath and emotionally, mentally, and spiritually prepare myself for being a sardine. Usually, the models are set up at hair and makeup stations basically shoulder to shoulder in a small, narrow space. I have to squeeze through tight rows to get a peek at them. Everyone inevitably gets in the way of each other. Before the pandemic, the cramped chaos thrilled me. Now, just thinking about it makes me cringe. 

Slowly but surely, fashion shows are happening again. The Dior Cruise 2021 show, for instance, took place today, July 22. An audience wasn’t physically in attendance, but people watched through their screens as 47 models walked a runway set up in the Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, Italy. 

And as the lead makeup artist for the show (and the creative and image director for Dior Makeup), Peter

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Patrick Starrr to Launch Makeup Brand, Why Black Beauty Supply Stores Aren’t Always Black-Owned

Plus, online retailer Shein faces criticism for selling an anti-Semitic necklace and Muslim prayer mats as decorative carpets.

Patrick Starrr.
Patrick Starrr.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Beauty influencer Patrick Starrr announces forthcoming cosmetics brand
Patrick Starrr, in joint venture with incubator Luxury Brand Partners, will be launching his own color cosmetics brand, ONE/SIZE on July 17. It will make its debut at Sephora online and will be sold exclusively at all of the retailer’s stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Sephora’s Instagram storefront. Starrr will reveal more details about the products and pricing via social media platforms, per WWD. In an interview with the publication, he said the line will champion inclusivity and be a celebration of “the drag queens, the LGBTQ+, my trans brothers and sisters.” {WWD}

Why Black beauty supply stores aren’t always Black-owned
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