When it comes to boldface backstage names, Pat McGrath is as big as it gets. The British-born makeup artist is hugely influential in fashion, responsible for the looks at some of the biggest shows in the world. Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Lanvin, Yohji Yamamoto, Mark Jacobs and YSL to name but a few. She’s the motherlode, basically.

Every season, I look forward to discovering what McGrath’s beauty direction will be for Gucci. She always comes up with such directional, intense, edgy and beautiful looks for the Italian house. (I kind of lost my mind over
the crazy spider lashes and red mouth for Fall 2011 — AH-mazing!)