Brow Wars: Pat McGrath Speaks Out
We have been quietly polling fashion’s most noteworthy face-painters over the past few weeks of shows about where they stand on Fall’s bleached vs. full brow debate, as arches are now big and bushy after spending the better part of the past few seasons totally non-existent. The most exciting moment in this journalistic experiment came tonight when we finally got a moment with Pat McGrath backstage at Nina Ricci (more on that in a bit). The Queen of the Blocked-Out-Brows, as we have fondly come to call her, McGrath pretty much caused the all-forehead, all-the-time resurgence with her showstopping Fall 2009 peroxide performances backstage at Balenciaga and Prada. But seeing as how she too has embraced bold, visible arches this season at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, we had to find out where she stood on the issue—a question she made short work of: “As a makeup artist, it’s so important to change things. See how you would’ve liked it if I did full brows for ten years! It’s about challenging yourself. [Bleaching brows] might not mean ‘you’ can do it—but it’s not about ‘you’ all the time. It’s about making fashion exciting.” In a word, boom!
Photo: Clockwise from top left, Marcio Madeira at Balenciaga, Fall 2009; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Dolce & Gabbana, Fall 2011; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Prada, Fall 2011; Greg Kessler at Prada, Fall 2009