“Dark Romance,” Backstage At Gucci
“Dark romance” is how Pat McGrath described the beauty look backstage at Gucci, where the makeup artist’s signature bleached brow circa Fall 2009 returned to bring an “ethereal” look to Frida Giannini’s model brigade. “It’s a little Rossetti,” McGrath continued, referencing pre-Raphaelite poet, illustrator, and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s frequently lip-stained portraits.
Accordingly, McGrath summoned the blackened cherry pout she did here two seasons ago, lining mouths with a deep bordeaux lipstick that she dabbed in the center with a bright red pigment topped with a bit of gloss. Blending a highlighted contour onto the top of cheekbones, she elaborated on why blocking out arches was essential to the look. “A red lip with brows tends to go more period. And with the romantic hair…” the face painter exclaimed, referring to hairstylist Luigi Murenu’s long, center-parted waves, which were treated to a dose of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse and finished with two twisted front sections that were held together in the back with a sparkling hair clip, custom-made by Giannini for the show. “Make it look gorgeous,” Murenu directed his team. (Done and done.)