- Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath was named a DBE, or a Dame of the British Empire, on Wednesday for her services to the fashion and beauty industries, as well as her diversity efforts.
- She said on Instagram that she was “beyond humbled” to receive the honor, and dedicated her award to all makeup artists.
- McGrath was previously named an MBE, or a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in 2014.
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On Wednesday, the legendary makeup artist was featured in the Queen’s annual honors list, which is released twice a year on the Queen’s birthday and ahead of the new year. McGrath was named a DBE — or a Dame of the British Empire — for her “services to the fashion and beauty industry and diversity,” according to an Instagram post from the makeup artist.
McGrath also said she feels “beyond humbled” to receive the award, and went on to thank her loved ones for helping her reach this point in her career.
“I want to thank all of the amazing people in my life — my mother Jean McGrath, my family, friends, colleagues, and you, my fellow Beauty Lovers, who contributed to this award,” she wrote. “Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that one day Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would recognize me to be amongst the incredible recipients of this honour both past and present.”
“When I first launched my brand, PAT McGRATH LABS, it was designed to inspire self-expression and individuality,” McGrath continued. “I dedicate this honour in tribute to makeup artists everywhere. I adore each and every one of you. Never give up on your dreams — with hard work, creativity and perseverance, anything is possible.”
In a statement sent to Insider over email, McGrath added: “My mother’s obsession with beauty and fashion ignited my passion for this amazing industry and I feel blessed to have the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people throughout my career.”
Pat McGrath was previously included in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2014 New Year honors list
As Vogue previously reported, McGrath was named an MBE, or a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for her services to the fashion and beauty industries at Buckingham Palace on May 1, 2014.
She told the publication at the time that it was “a complete shock” to receive the award, and that she decided to take her first-ever selfie on her way to the ceremony.
Four years later in 2018, fellow makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury was also named an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for her achievements as a makeup artist and beauty-brand owner.
“Today has been one of the most magical days of my life,” Tilbury told Vogue at the time. “I am so delighted and thrilled to receive this honor, especially from Her Majesty, the Queen, who has been an endless source of inspiration to me.”
McGrath has made a major impact on the beauty industry over the course of nearly three decades
Though McGrath is often associated with her namesake beauty brand, Pat McGrath Labs, she actually got her start working as a makeup artist for celebrities and models. According to Vogue UK, her work has appeared on over 500 magazine covers and more than 190,000 models at the time of writing.
One celebrity she’s worked with, Kacey Musgraves, congratulated McGrath on her recent achievement, writing “BADDEST B—- TO EVER ROAM” on the makeup artist’s Instagram post.
A makeup look created by Pat McGrath for a 2013 Christian Dior fashion show.
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McGrath’s work often utilizes glitter, sparkling shadows, and other eye-catching techniques to create otherworldly looks. In the past, she’s been the creative force behind sequin lips, feather-covered eyebrows, and crystal masks that have appeared on designer runways.
As a result of creating such looks, McGrath was previously described by Allure as the most influential makeup artist in the world.
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