Monday, May 29, 2023

Pat McGrath Collaborates with Barbie to Recreate Iconic Runway Makeup Moments

While we at SPICE are thinking all things ‘Warrior’ this month, top makeup artist Pat McGrath – the talent who’s typically responsible for all the amazing beauty looks seen on Fashion Week runways – has revealed a new side project: putting fashion-inspired warpaint to the face of Barbie.

The creative, who worked along with the Barbs’ official style feed @Barbiewears, chose four iconic makeup looks from key moments in her portfolio, then redid them on four plastic faces, giving our beloved Barbie the true backstage treatment – and a way more up-to-date beauty look.

Ms McGrath created a dark cat-eyed look with glitter and Swarovski crystals a la her recent face jewel looks seen at Givenchy; a buzz cut, dramatic pink contouring and some geometric primary coloured touches to recall a look she painted on Jessica Stam in 2004; bold brows and jewelled lips were given to Barbie to recreate the punk-inspired look she did at the 2013 Met Gala; and lastly, an intensely teal eyeshadow look reminiscent of models at last Fall’s Versace show.


Posting a look to her Instagram account, Pat said of the resulting new Barbie;

“How major is that?”

Team SPICE are pretty much obsessed with the new Barbie look, but especially the mini Jourdan Dunn version with the heavy teal shadow.


Tell us which new Barbie makeup look is your favourite in the comments below or online @SPICETVAFRICA, or check out Pat McGrath’s Instagram account here for her recent work on real faces, too.

Image source:,

Other Articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here