Jewellery and makeup are two of women’s favourite things. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana know women well and know what they want. With the help of make up artist virtuoso Pat McGrath, the new Dolce&Gabbana Make up Holiday 2011 Precious Stones collection is a dreamy mix of the two.
Dolce&Gabbana’s FW11 collection was centred on the role-playing between the masculine and the feminine. This duality in a woman, and her will to embrace it is both ripe for fashion interpretation and social celebration. The Sicilian voluptuousness expressed in the collection by Dolce&Gabbana was not only characterised by the silhouettes and tailoring, but also in the colours and details. Lavishly gilded fabrics encrusted with rubies, emeralds, diamonds and pearls dripped with baroque opulence while a decadent parade of gold, amethyst, topaz and jet sequins illuminated the catwalk.
“Our woman has a natural glamour – this is always the starting point for our collections, but this season we wanted to play with this and exaggerate the feminine aspects with rich, voluptuous colours and textures,” says Domenico. “Anyway, women look so much more sexy when they wear jewels,” he explains. “It’s because all women are stars,” adds Stefano, “They shine!”
The rich colour palette present in the catwalk collection was masterfully interpreted by Pat McGrath and transformed into a lush make up collection to tantalise any girl.
“Once you translate the power play of that level of luxury into makeup, you’re into the realm of sumptuous, multi dimensional colour with depth and texture.” Muses McGrath. “Immagine a girl gazing into a jewellery box and the reflected glow of all those gem stones and precious metals, the way they cast light, bringing luminosity to the skin in the most spellbinding way? Well that’s exactly what we’re doing with the make up”.
Pat McGrath was able to interpret the fundamentals of both the Dolce&Gabbana FW11 season and of the brand’s history in the Precious Stones Collection.
For the eyes, Smooth Eye Colour Duo (€33) in Gems teams misty amethyst with darkest topaz to provide a versatile combination capable of delivering colour results ranging from light to intense. The Smooth Eye Colour Quad (€49) in Jewels, juxtaposes pale pink quartz, brown garnet, light jet and dark topaz. While the Crayon Intense (€21) in Imperial Topaz adds a metallic gleam and Secret Eyes Mascara (€28) in black frames the eyes.
A downy, rosy glow accentuates both the eyes and lips. The Cheek Colour Blush (€39) in Mauve Diamond is a subtly shimmering shade that draws the heat from the skin.
Who said that strong eyes and strong lips don’t go together? Pat McGrath’s signature daring is reflected in the vibrant jewel lip shades she created for the collection. The Classic Cream Lipstick (€29) in Purple Pearl, and Precision Lipliner (€21) in Rose Pearl deine the lips. For an iridescent pout, opt for the Shine Lipstick (€29) in Mauve Diamond or Ultra Shine Lipgloss (€26) in Pink Sapphire or Pink Diamond.
For the nails intense use Intense Nail Laquer (€23) in Grey Pearl or Amethyst for a complimentary look. Otherwise, layer the two colours for a bespoke nail colour.
The secret to perfect makeup application often lies in the use of the right brush. Dolce&Gabbana have thought of that too, and with Par McGrath’s expert advice there’s a brush for every need. The Powder Brush (€65), the Blush Brush (€44), the Eyeshading Brush (€29), the Blending Brush (€30), the Retractable Lip Brush (€26).
Styled by: Yuri Ahn
Written by: Valentina Zannoni
Credits: Dolce&Gabbana Makeup