73 posts tagged "Dolce & Gabbana"
The relaxed elegance that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sent down the runway for Spring yesterday—bridal whites with huge gold hoops and wooden platform heels make for a pretty chill “I do”—was sexed up a bit by makeup artist Pat McGrath’s dose of Sicilian sensuality. “Drop-dead glamour and innermost sensuality come from an emphasis on the lips,” says McGrath, who serves as color consultant for the design duo’s wildly successful cosmetics line. The face painter broke out the range’s new-for-November Lip Jewels, a pout palette of four best-selling shades of D&G’s Classic Cream Lipstick (in Dahlia, Devil, Ultra, and Nude), blending them for a muted, rosy pout that had a just-bitten effect. Dolce & Gabbana Blush in Caramel gave cheeks their warm, bronzy glow while its Eye Shadow in Nude provided a slight beige smolder, enhanced by black mascara. Coif master Eugene Souleiman’s textured, fallen-out chignons added to the sense of romance.
The Lipstick: Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Amethyst.
The Application: After learning a valuable lesson yesterday, I went heavy on D#38;&G’s The Lipliner in Dahlia before applying Amethyst’s glossy pigment to make sure it stayed in place. The lipstick itself is a little bit more sheer than you’d expect it to be, so a few coats were necessary to completely cover the deep purple outline. The visible liner contrast actually looked pretty cool on its own, though—a little Rodarte circa Spring 2010—so build at your own discretion.
The Upside: This was my best experience so far with color that stays put, which makes this my favorite bullet yet. I got a little crazy and drank from a bottle of water, a coffee cup, and even ingested a Starbucks baked good, and there were no embarrassing makeup messes to speak of.
The Downside: Reapplication every few hours was necessary to keep the color at its most vibrant, but seeing as how when the pigment fades it develops a really pretty dark fuchsia tint, negligence was actually to my benefit.
The Final Word: Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
The new Dolce & Gabbana summer collection will debut at Saks next week, which is always an exciting time for beauty enthusiasts. There’s little not to love about the makeup arm of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s sartorial operation: The seasonal color palettes are dreamt up in collaboration with face-painting legend Pat McGrath; the gold compacts and lipstick tubes make you feel like you’re a part of something particularly luxurious every time you open them; and everything they turn out is meant to meet at the intersection of classic Hollywood glamour and something wholly Italian. This time around, it was about delicate images of wild roses set against the Sicilian night’s “daring shades of romance and mystery,” according to Dolce. As such, a series of nude and pink pigments was matched with darker greens and blues. Standouts include Shocking, a perfect fuchsia nail polish; Laguna, an eye shadow duo that pairs a shimmering deep moss color with aqua for a mix of seascape and garden visuals; and Delicious, an opaque coral/pink lip gloss that is fitting in perfectly with our newfound love of lightweight lip lacquers. It’s like…how did they know?!
Mary J. Blige’s new fragrance with Carol’s Daughter, My Life, will finally make its debut this summer, and according to MJB, she created the perfume for herself and her fans as “a special tribute to us as women.” As such, it is intended to represent “every female’s everyday life,” which is perhaps why she is launching it on HSN, rather than in a high-end department store. Nothing says “everyday life” like ordering luxury goods from the privacy of your own home. [WWD]
Speaking of a tribute to women, Thierry Mugler will also honor the fairer sex this fall with Womanity, his latest olfactory effort that blends sweet and savory accords together in a pink gothic-design bottle. And when we say sweet and savory, we’re not kidding. Fig and caviar essences come together to frame this fragrance. Intriguing… [WWD]
Penélope Cruz will be the new face of Lancôme Trésor. With Julia Roberts already hawking its mascaras, the French beauty brand may win the award for “Best Celeb Spokesperson Roster” this year. [StyleList]
And in other A-listers-in-the-beauty-game news, Scarlett Johansson will continue her face time for Dolce & Gabbana’s The Makeup by shooting a campaign for its summer collection, for which she has reunited with old friends Pat McGrath and Oribe. The images are as iconic, old-Hollywood-glamour as it gets, as to be expected; color collections may be seasonal, but big blonde hair, boobs, and pouty lips are forever. [Grazia]
Attention, lovers of Dolce & Gabbana Make Up: A brand-new brush collection with which to apply the collection’s silky powder foundations, luminous cheek colors, and glowing bronzers is hitting shelves now. Marking another collaboration between Domenico, Stefano, and face-painting legend Pat McGrath, the five-piece line comprises powder, blush, eye shading, blending, and retractable lip brushes. “Our goal was for each brush to exist as a beautiful object in itself,” McGrath says of the matte black-handled tools that contain both natural goat and sable hair for soft precision. They would indeed make a handsome addition to any vanity, or maybe even a mantle for those of you who like to think of your beauty products as showpieces.