53-year-old make-up artist, Pat McGrath is a force to be reckoned with in the beauty industry and has just built a makeup empire in three years. This is why she’s our celeb hustle of the week:
Hailed as one of one of the most influential makeup artists on the planet Pat McGrath has joined the list of self-made black billionaires. All this is thanks to an American investment company, Eurazeo Brands, which took notice of the brand and invested $60 million in it just three years into its launch. In a statement, McGrath said, ‘It has always been my dream to create an iconic beauty brand that goes beyond the usual limitations, that lives outside the parameters of what is expected,’ Pat said of the new investment. ‘I am thrilled to be working with the unique and expert team at Eurazeo Brands.’
McGrath was born in Northampton, England to a Jamaican single mother, who loved makeup and instilled a love of cosmetics into her daughter. The makeup giant has made a name for herself as a renowned backstage artist at Fashion Weeks with approximately 60 prominent fashion shows, such as Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma line and Valentino’s runway parade each season. She’s been working hard in her industry for more than 20 years and has worked her magic on global giants such as Naomi Campbell and Kim Kardashian. Before creating her beauty line in 2015, McGrath has been behind the scenes in creating other cosmetic lines, including Giorgio Armani. She launched her first limited edition line, Gold 001 under her company, Pat McGrath Labs. It’s reported that her metallic dust sold out in six minutes! McGrath launched her permanent collection in October 2017. Traits that have made her stand out over the years and gain the attention and respect of others are consistency and passion for the work she does, something unmissable in influential people who create waves in their respective industries. She is undoubtedly an inspiration to many that are hustling their way to the top. A true epitome of #blackgirlmagic.
Her success tips, which she shared with Glamour.com are,” I knew I wasn’t going to make money in the beginning, so I found another way to support myself—I was a receptionist. It’s quite smart to work that way. Otherwise, you get vicious and desperate, and no one wants to work with you. Build your career slowly; then people start to trust you and pay you well.”
Source: Allure.com and glamour.com