Not only was he a creative tour de force behind fashion, he also pushed the beauty limits at his fashion shows with hair and makeup that stretched the imagination to new heights. His show was always one of our favorites; though the beauty looks were not always pretty in the conventional sense, they were often the most interesting.
We will be asking beauty insiders and artists who have worked with McQueen to share their reactions to his sudden death, and thoughts on his influence on the beauty industry and culture in general. We will be updating this space with their feedback.
Bobbi Brown, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: "It's shocking, he was such a talent. And so young, it's awful. He was very cheeky and talented and we watched his talent evolve through his career. And it was only the beginning of his career, which makes it even sadder."
Romero Jennings, senior vice president of artistry for MAC cosmetics: "I was shocked like everyone else. In this fashion industry that we work in, that he is so talented and so inspirational. And his clothing is so inspiring to do the makeup for...you get this feeling, this kind of energy that comes from it. He's a true artist, like we all are or want to become. For me, it's really a blow. I'll be going on to Milan and Paris, and normally we do his show each season, so no one knows what's going to happen. I'm hoping that the brand will carry on because he it amazing, and he always will be."
Enjoy these makeup and hair highlights from his runway shows.