The look at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show; All backstage photo credits: Delphine Achard and Ludovic Belmonte
You know how sometimes you see a look come down the runway and you’re like, “Whoa! Where the heck did that beam down from? Enterprise, do you read me?”
Take the orange eyeshadow makeup artists sent Tom Cruisin’ down the catwalk in New York not long ago. Don’t get me wrong — I lurves me some brights, and I’m all for artistic expression when it comes to le war paint, but it’s also nice to see runway looks I might actually wear in real life.
Staring up at the massively tall models backstage before the Dolce & Gabbana Summer 2011 Fashion Week show in Milan today, two thoughts kept coming to mind: 1) I am extremely short, and 2) I’d wear that makeup in a *hawt* second.
While multitasking makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath worked her magic backstage, wielding her brushes like wands, I tried to stay out of everyone’s way. As she zipped around from girl to girl, dabbing a bit more blush here, reapplying a pair of false lashes there, she also gave feedback to the army of makeup artists assembled for the show.
The look — a sensual yet natural face brushed with nude, pink and brown — was created to complement the ethereal fabrics ruling the show.
That’s Pat on the right!
The Dolce & Gabbana models on the runway; All runway photo credits: Monica Feudi
I had a feeling backstage would be hectic, but I wasn’t prepared for the maelstrom of bodies, makeup, motion and chaos. And makeup.
Did I already say makeup? — because it was everywhere, covering every square inch of counter space (’twas glorious!), as if an angel had broken a piÃ±ata filled with the stuff, and it rained eyeshadow pans, powder jars, brushes, and tubes of lipstick and gloss from above.
Most of the products were Dolce & Gabbana’s, but I did see a couple of things from other companies sprinkled around the room, like MAC Face & Body Foundation, Benefit Powderflauge and Laura Mercier concealer.
I asked Pat what a regular Jane might do to translate today’s runway look into something easy to do at home. Her answer: Jane wouldn’t have to change a thing. Life, like makeup, doesn’t always have to be hard.
Ah… Music to my ears.
To get the look at home:
- It all starts with sensual skin: For a healthy looking canvas to work upon, Pat started by applying a shade of foundation perfectly matched to each model’s face and body.
- Get flushed cheeks with one of Pat’s favorite blushes: Next, she created a matte pink flush by sweeping Dolce & Gabbana Powder Blush in Caramel (a product that Pat recommends every woman have in her makeup bag) across the cheeks.
- BIG bright eyes: Next time you find yourself jet-lagged in a foreign country and running on four hours of sleep (LOL!), or pulling all-nighters before finals, create a wider, more open eye by lining both your upper and lower waterlines with a beige eyeliner. Pat used Dolce & Gabbana Nude liner.
- Make those peepers really POP with one of Pat’s favorite quads: She used the Dolce & Gabbana Nude Eyeshadow Palette extensively today. To make your eyes look a little bit more dramatic (but not overly so) draw a wet brush across the brown shades (mixing them), and apply the concoction along your lash lines. Then, work the beige and peach colors into the sockets and beneath your eyes to add depth.
- Mascara AND false lashes: To wrap up the eyes, Pat curled the lashes, then applied mascara to the upper ones only, finishing with falsies affixed along the outer corners.
- Lightly enhance the lips with a stain: Finally, a delicate color for the lips. Pat mixed the shades from the soon-to-be-released Jewel Lip Palette (I don’t have a specific release date yet; should hit shelves within the next few months) and lightly dabbed that onto the lips. What do ya think of the red jeweled cover? Cute, huh? It holds four pans of Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in Nude, Devil, Dahlia and Ultra.
Speaking of upcoming products, here’s a tidbit about Dolce & Gabbana’s new concealer: it comes in a click pen with a brush applicator (also expected within the next few months; I’ll post the exact date soon). Pat raved about this one, calling it “amazing” and “fantastic.” She says it really clings to skin and does a great job of covering up dark circles.
Um…I CAN’T WAIT!
Pat also wanted to offer a few words for aspiring makeup artists. “Be prepared to work hard,” she said, “and be prepared to always listen no matter what the beef is. Don’t have any ego. And have a lot of fun.”
Pretty good life advice there too.
And with that, like Keyser SÃ¶ze from The Usual Suspects, she was gone! — disappearing into a miasma of models and makeup, LOL!
I’d actually thought I’d be able to take some pictures backstage, but no such luck. Security was tighter than usual, but the official house photographers did a pretty good job.
Your friendly neighborhood (star-struck) beauty addict and Pat
So what do ya think of the clothes and makeup? I’m digging both, but there’s no way I could wear a white outfit all day long without getting food (gelato!) or cat hair on it. Clumsy + food + cat = frequent fashion disasters. It is what it is.
This Is Random…
This is random, but after the show I ran into Bryan, the fabulous fashion blogger behind bryanboy.com. I wish you could see our legs in this pic, but homeboy was wearing some killer wedge cork heels, and each of his thighs — swear to god! — were half the size of mine. NOTE TO SELF:
Stop eating so much Nutella. Oh, forget it. Really, who am I kidding?
As I was dragging my rear end out of the venue to come back here, the folks from Swide Magazine (check out their video of the runway show) actually stopped and asked ME for an on-camera interview with THEM. I think I just got in the shot by accident, LOL! I haven’t seen the interview yet and don’t know if they’ll actually post it anywhere visible to other humans, but if they do I’ll let you know!
It’s coming up on 3AM here so I’m off to hit the haaay! As the Italians say it, “Buona notte!”
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,