Watch: Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup:

TheGrio celebrates Pat McGrath, the Mother of Makeup, in ‘Keeping Black History Alive’ and her many innovative looks and products.

Pat McGrath is the daughter of a dressmaker and a first-generation immigrant. It was McGrath’s mother who taught her how to use makeup. During a time when makeup for darker-skinned women was harder to come by, McGrath recalls her mother mixing the pigments for her own makeup, a memory that would heavily influence her work. In 2015 she founded her own cosmetic brand, Pat McGrath Labs. In 2019 the valuation of the company exceeded $1 billion, making her the Mother of Makeup.

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