From Jil Sander to John Galliano and Stephen Miesel to Helmut Newton, there’s not a name in the beauty business that leading make-up artist – and Max Factor Creative Director – Pat McGrath hasn’t worked with. She spoke to VOGUE.COM backstage at London Fashion Week:
Q: Can you see any key trends emerging for spring/summer 2009?
I don’t know as I always like to come up with mine at the end of Paris [Fashion Week]. But at the moment – from the first two weeks – I can see smoky eyes; they’re not as black as winter but still smoky. There are lots of bronzed, flushed and healthy cheeks, too, and little splashes of colour.
Q: How do you reinvent the same looks over and over again for a different season?
I’m influenced a lot by the fabrics that I see, the colours that are in the collections, and the girls’ faces. It’s always a challenge but that’s the key – to make it different every time.
Q: How does it feel to be described as the world’s most influential make-up artist?
You know, I don’t ever think about it. I just work, and I do my best! I’m really lucky to work with the people that I work with; I’m always with the best people and I’m fortunate to work with the best teams and all my friends. Edward, Eugene, Guido, Gareth, Stephen – when I’m with all of those people I feel lucky!
Amy Stone, Vogue UK: 29 September 2008, 05:33PM
IN THE MAKEUP THINKS: We’d give up coffee just to have Ms. McGrath put makeup on our faces. Well, maybe we could do decaf.