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Runway Beauty: Italy Inspired Romance at Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2016

October 1st, 2015

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The Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2016 show in Milan presented a fashion collection which is the Designers’ tribute to Italy. The Designers’ vision, “Italy is Love”, was complemented by a makeup look highlighting luminous skin with a flawless, dewy finish; soft and smoky feline eyes and plump lips. Nails in a feminine, romantic shade completed the look.

Makeup: Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana

To start, Dolce & Gabbana Essential UV Cream was first applied to hydrate the skin, followed by the Sheer Radiance Primer to build the perfect canvas for make up application. A flawless complexion was achieved using the Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation blended outward, from the center of the face out towards the ears. The Perfect Luminous Concealer was applied to the shadowed areas of the face and dabbed under the eyes, hiding blemishes and creating an impeccable base with an even skin tone. The cheeks displayed a warm, romantic flush by being delicately contoured with the new Blush in Bacio 50, which was swept onto the apples of the cheeks and up towards the ears. The face was highlighted using The Illuminator in Eva 3 along the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose, while the skin was set with a light dusting of The Pressed Powder across the nose and forehead.

The romantic, soft feline eye look was achieved with a base of Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Nude 30 blended across the eyelids. The two complementary shades of brown from The Eyeshadow Quad in Smoky 105 were mixed together and applied with a blending blush along the crease of the eyelids to create depth. For added definition, The Illuminator in Luna 4 was applied to the inner corner of the eyes and below the eyebrows. The upper lash lines were amplified by applying The Eyeliner in Chocolate 10 in an upward flick, and a line of the Glam Liner in Earthy Brown 2 was drawn along the upper lash line, to add an intense yet feminine feline finish. On the curled top lashes, layers of the Volumized Mascara in Black 1 were applied, paying special attention to the outer corners for definition and a lengthening finish.

The brows were sculpted with The Brow Liner in Soft Brown 1 and Mocha 3, using the wide part of the pencil nib with light, feathery strokes to fill the color outwards to the end of the brow, achieving a natural youthfulness to the face.

For beautiful, rosy plump lips, from the new collection of Dolce Matte Lipstick, a mixture of shades were combined to create perfectly tailored spring looks using Dolce Nudo 124, Miss Dolce 134, Dolce Dolcezza 212, Dolce Rosa 222, Dolce Sogno 223, Dolce Mamma 229, Dolce Excelsa 512 and Dolce Bacio 641. To give lips definition and to keep the lipstick in place, the lips were lined with The Lipliner in Mamma 17, Rosa 16, Dolcezza 15, Bacio 18 and Soft 6. Nails painted with The Nail Lacquer in Bella 210 evoke elegance and finish this soft and feminine Spring/Summer 2016 look.


Images: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.

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Runway Beauty: Spanish Red Lips at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015

September 23rd, 2014

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To complement the Spanish influences as seen at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015, Pat McGrath created a beauty look that consisted of soft plump lips, as if they were colored by the juice of fresh cherries and wide elongated eyes.

Red lips at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015
To prep the models for makeup, McGrath used Aurealux Mask, a new fabric mask from the Dolce & Gabbana skincare line, on the models. Next, she created the perfect canvas with The Primer: Sheer Radiance Make Up Base, Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation and Perfect Luminous Concealer. Then, she lightly contoured the face with The Blush: Luminous Cheek Color in Sole and Peach on the apples of the cheeks. The look was set with a light dusting of the Pressed Powder across the nose, forehead and chin and finished with Glow Illuminating Powder in Shimmer and Eva.

The eyes were gently outlined to widen and keep the simplicity. McGrath applied the bronze shades of the Smooth Eyeshadow Quad in Desert all over the eyelid and upward towards the brow line to further enhance the eyes. The upper and bottom lash lines were defined by applying the Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Chocolate. Along with the top of the upper lash line, a defined line of Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Black Intense was softly drawn to widen and perfect the eye. On the upper lashes, layers of Secret Eyes Mascara in Black were applied for a defined lash look and a lengthening finish. The brows were naturally sculpted with the Brow Liner in Chestnut, using the nib of the pencil to create additional definition. Broad strokes from the wide part of the nib were then used to fill the color outwards to the end of the brow achieving a natural youthfulness to the face.

To create the red lips, McGrath applied Classic Cream Lipstick in shades of Ultra and Amethyst on the outer parts of the lips and added Dolce Matte Lipstick in Dolce Desire on cupids bow and at the center of the lips, achieving a rich plump affect.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015 backstage makeup

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015 runway beauty

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015 makeup look

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Monochrome Glamour at J. Mendel A/W ’14

February 20th, 2014

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To complement the bright collection at J. Mendel A/W 2014, makeup artist Dick Page working for Maybelline created a gorgeous monochrome look on the models.

J. Mendel A/W '14 runway beauty
Dick used Dream Fresh BB Cream to prep the skin. He followed with Shine-Free Foundation Stick to add extra coverage where needed so that the skin looked “real”. Next, he applied Face Studio Master Glaze in Plums Ups for a light, sheer blush look.

The eyes were shimmery but intense. Dick used the lightest shade of the Expert Wear Quad in Autumn Coppers up into the brow and in the corners of the eyes. Next, he used Eye Studio Master Smoky Shadow-Pencil in Scorching Brown along the upper lashline then defined the lower lashline with the two darkest shades from the Expert Wear Natural Smokes Quad. Finally, he coated lashes with Great Lash Mascara.

Lips were first prepped with Baby Lips Dr. Rescue, followed by Color Sensational Lipstick in Deepest Cherry. Dick then blotted lips and reapplied the same lipstick shade to the inner lip to add dimension.

Nail artist Honey painted nails with 1 coat of Color Show Nail Lacquer in Better In The Buff followed by 1 coat of Go Nude.

J. Mendel A/W '14 backstage makeup by Maybelline
Monochrome makeup look at J. Mendel A/W '14

Images: Courtesy of Maybelline.

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Glossy Eye and Berry Nails at Costello Tagliapietra A/W ’14

February 9th, 2014

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To create the “cool girl” at Costello Tagliapietra A/W 2014, models were given glossy eye, dewy skin with matte berry nails.

Costello Tagliapietra A/W '14 runway beauty
Makeup: Maki Ryoke for M·A·C Cosmetics
Nails: Julie Kandalec for essie

* Studio Finish Concealer and Prep + Prime Highlighters – alternately blended and used together for minimal concealing to create super real, natural moisturized looking skin.
* Luna, Hush and Pearl Cream Color Base – equally mixed together and blended over the upper cheekbone, browbone, temple and inner eye to highlight.
* Mocha Latte Lipstick, Coquettish from Fall 14 Trend Forecast/Lip Palette (available Spring 2014) and M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium – mixed to create a glossy stain and then blended with Au Nature Cream Color Base (available Fall 2014) under cheekbones to contour.

* Mocha Latte Lipstick, Coquettish from Fall 14 Trend Forecast/Lip Palette (available Spring 2014) and M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium – mixed one to one with 2 parts shine, and applied as a glossy stain over the eyelid and faintly through the lower lid under eyes.
* Veluxe Brow Liner – shaded through brows to straighten in shape and followed with Clear Brow Set to groom and refine
* Nude Technakohl Liner (available Fall 2014) – applied through the lower waterline to open and brighten eyes.

* Lip Conditioner Tube – applied over lips to moisturize and perfect.
* Studio Finish Concealer -softly blended over lips to lightly conceal.
* Desert Rose Powder Blush – minimally applied with Blending Brush 217 to create a healthy pinky-beige to lips.

To convey an imaginary tale of power and strength as seen in the collection, Julie opted for deep berry-colored nails with a matte finish. She started by applying ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails. Once the base coat dries, two coats of berry naughty were applied onto nails and topped with one coat of matte about you.

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NYFW Exclusive Coverage: Graphic Eyeliner and Salmon Lips at Hache S/S ’14

September 24th, 2013

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At Hache Spring/Summer 2014, lead makeup artist Val Garland working for M·A·C Cosmetics, went for a “teddy boy tough chic” look with a graphic eye and matte, apricot lips.

Hache Spring 2014 runway beauty
Inspired by the movie “The Fabulous Stains”, Val envisioned a girl who is part of a gang. “Her makeup is her signature look,” explained Val. “It is all about a strong, definite black eye and sickly salmon lips… she doesn’t care about the skin as much.”

On the skin, Val used very little foundation as a veil and powdered down only the center of the face, letting the natural skin shine through as highlight (there was no highlight or contour).

To create the graphic eyes, Val first dusted loose powder under the eyes. Next, she drew a line with Blacktrack Fluidline (you can also use cream eyeliner) in the middle of the eye underneath the pupils and blended Carbon Eyeshadow over it to smoke it out.

On the upper lid, she first drew a line along the lashline then added another one through the crease and blended the two together using a straight brush. The brows were pushed “in the wrong way” towards the center of the face with Brow Set and topped with a burgundy – instead of black – mascara for a softer, warmer effect. She finished by adding a beige pencil inside the eyes for a wide-awake look.

The lips were painted a “sickly salmon” color for “a little bit matte, a litte bit chalky” effect.

Nails were painted with a pinkish lilac with a top coat over it.

Graphic eyeliner at Hache S/S 2014

Hache S/S 2014 backstage makeup

Hache S/S 2014 backstage nails by MAC

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