Prior to lending her hand to Hollywood as one of its most successful makeup artists, Pati Dubroff, like many makeup artists, got her start working at a beauty counter. After a stint freelancing for MTV in its heydey, Dubroff offered her work for free to modeling agencies and the fashion crowd, leading her to Francois Nars, who singled her out as his head assistant. In the following year and a half, she shadowed Nars, an experience that exposed her to high profile clients and Nars’ knowledge of the industry, but that also provided her with the opportunity to work with renowned artists of the time, including Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
Soon after striking out on her own, Pati made the move to Los Angeles. Magazine work provides great exposure for a makeup artist, yet the changing climate of the industry, with a greater focus on celebrities rather than the 90s supermodel, meant that the epicenter was no longer NYC. Pati counts Kate Bosworth, Julianne Moore, Kirsten Dunst, and Naomi Watts among her clientele, and editorial work can be found in reknowned magazines such as Allure, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and W.