The beauty look for Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2014 show was fit for a princess. “Stefano and Domenico were talking about a woodland, fairy-tale feel,” said makeup artist Pat McGrath. Unlike most of a princess’s wardrobe, though, this makeup was highly wearable. The elegant flick of eyeliner, luminous skin, and pink-y nude lips work beautifully, even if your name isn’t Sleeping Beauty.
“At Dolce, it’s always about the liner,” McGrath told me as she worked backstage. She used a black pencil to lay down the perfect shape for the delicate wing, then went over it with Dolce & Gabbana Intense Liquid Liner in Black Intense. (Liquid liner: tricky even for the best in the business.) She then dusted a beige shadow on the lids and a taupe in the creases of the eyes. To “bring out the bone structure,” she used two different shades of foundation (both Dolce’s Perfect Luminous Liquid formulas): a shade that matched the models’ skin tone and a slightly lighter hue she applied only on the forehead and cheekbones. Contouring, minus the contouring! The gorgeous glimmery lids came courtesy of (drumroll please) new cream shadows from Dolce & Gabbana, launching this June, called Perfect Mono Cream Shadows. She tapped a pearly white shade (Innocence) on the lids, and then mixed that with a soft gold (Gold Dust) to highlight the cheekbones. A few coats of black mascara on the top lashes and brown on the bottom finished off the eyes, while a tiny bit of nude blush and pink-y nude lipstick (Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey) completed the look. Well, almost. McGrath also added a bit of clear gloss just to the center of the lips. “The designers didn’t want gloss on top of the lips because it looks old-fashioned,” she explained. “This looks modern and is mostly just for moisture.”
The soft chignon that hairstylist Guido created for the show was equally enviable—I definitely missed my long hair when I saw it. Guido’s goal was to use as little product as possible (“Stefano and Domenico don’t like the look of it,” he said). He prepped the hair with a lightweight thickening spray (Redken Body Full) before blowing it out smooth. He then spritzed in some dry shampoo (Redken Pillow Proof). Next he made a short middle part with his fingers, braided the ends and twisted the braid into a chignon. “It’s very feminine, it’s very soft, and it’s very desirable,” he said.
I couldn’t agree more. When I get back home in two weeks, and I’m reunited with my vanity, I’ll definitely be trying this out the first chance I get. My boyfriend better get ready to call me Princess Sophia.
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