'If you can't find it, make it': Naomi Campbell's makeup artist Pat McGrath reveals she once wore COCOA powder as foundation because there were no cosmetics available for black skin
- The 49-year-old makeup mogul revealed she once wore cocoa powder on her face to act as a face powder in an interview with BBC Radio 4
- The self-taught makeup artist, said her interest in makeup grew from her mother, who had a passion for fashion and beauty
- Pat said she adopted an attitude of 'if you can't find it, you can't buy it, make it' from her mother
- The inventive attitude she learned from her mom saw her making products of her own, the first of which was a 'moisturizer' she used for her and her dolls
- The artist has since come a long way, having worked with countless A-list celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cate Blanchett
Celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder Pat McGrath has revealed that she once used cocoa powder as a foundation on her skin because she was unable to find products made for black skin tones.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Sunday, May 19, the makeup mogul opened up about why she chose to found her business, while revealing that her interest in beauty first came from her mother, who had a passion for all things fashion and beauty.
The 49-year-old Brit, who is originally from Northampton, added that she learned from her mother to adopt the attitude of 'if you can't find it, you can't buy it, make it'.
Journey: Pat McGrath (pictured), 49, has revealed that she once used cocoa powder to act as a powder foundation on her skin as a result of a lack of products for black skin tones
Wow! Pat, who has worked with Naomi Campbell for years, was inspired to use the powder after seeing her mom wearing it in place of powder foundation
A-list: The beauty guru has worked with a huge number of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, who featured in a beauty campaign for her before launching her own brand
The beauty mogul noted that she would regularly borrow her mothers products, in particular her lipsticks and skincare products, when she was growing up.
She explained that one day when she was younger, her mother wore cocoa powder on her face as a form of powder foundation as a solution to the lack of products available for black skin at the time.
Pat said: 'She even used cocoa powder, she came in from the kitchen with cocoa powder all over her face, and she was like, "This is the right tone of powder."
'And she had dusted it on her face and she looked amazing.
'So that's what I ended up doing as well, was making products that I needed backstage.
'That stems from my mother, if you can't find it, you can't buy it, make it,' she added.
Creative: Pictured with Rita Ora (center) and Kaia Gerber (R), the Northampton native said her creativity stems from her mother, who had a passion for beauty and fashion
The inventive attitude she learned from her mom saw her making products of her own from a young age.
The first product she recalls making is a 'moisturizer' which she used for her own skin as well as for her dolls.
'I mixed oil and water together, whipped it and put it in the fridge and it looked like a cream,' she explained.
'I celebrated for months with my own cream that I had made and I packed that all over my face. I was shining like a Belisha beacon for months,' she added.
When asked if she had experienced racism while growing up, Pat said: 'You grow up in a community from when you were a child, and then also going to church you have a really solid base around you.
'I was very lucky having the mother I had who was like "oh, look at that person, they're racist. Poor things. Anyway, let's go shopping."'
'And I think that really helped,' she added.
Despite growing up during a time where there was, as BBC presenter Lauren Laverne described it, a 'skinny and white bias of the fashion industry', Pat said she is happy to have seen growth in terms of diversity in the world of fashion.
She said: 'We have models from all different social backgrounds, different weight, body types, different religious backgrounds, shows that are over 50 per cent women of color and it just wasn't there for such a long time.
'And now, it's just so fantastic to see. Beautiful,' she added.
Pat has come a long way since the days of making products for her toy dolls, as she has since been named one of the most powerful makeup artist of all time.
Favorite: Seen with Rihanna (L) in 2010 and Queen Latifah (R) in 2011, Pat has painted the faces of countless A-list celebrities over the years
Growth: Pat, pictured at Calvin Klein's Spring 2008 fashion show in New York, said the first product she ever made was a 'moisturizer' that she used for herself and her dolls
In a 2007 Vogue article the 49-year-old was named 'the most influential makeup artist in the world'. Similarly, she was included in this year's Time's 100 most influential people list.
Pat has gone on to work with countless A-list celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Her makeup skills have also seen her working for dozens of designers including Versace, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana.
She also launched her own cosmetics brand - Pat McGrath Labs - which has proven extremely popular since it was unveiled in 2016.
The business is now valued at over $1 billion, having overtaken Kylie Jenner's eponymous business back in July 2018 after it secured investment from New York-based Eurazeo Brands.
At the time, Kylie's company was estimated to be worth around $800 million - although that number has since grown, as has the value of Pat's label.
The investment brought the total external funding for Pat's namesake brand to $88 million in just two years since its debut in 2016.
In that time, the makeup mogul saw almost every one of her products sell out within days - and even minutes - of their release online.
'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.'
The line first debuted with a $40 gold pigment called Gold 001 which came in a bag full of sequins, and sold out all 1,000 units in six minutes, according to the publication.
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