There are very few things that can make me blow off my Saturday morning kickboxing class (Omar teaches it. Omar is hot.) Pat McGrath demonstrating Dolce & Gabbana’s summer makeup line at Saks was an exception, so instead of pretending to kick someone’s ass this past Saturday morning, I drank coffee and watched the makeup master work her magic.
Dolce & Gabbana introduced two lines for summer, with two distinctly different feelings that are nonetheless compatible.
The Animalier collection is inspired by the “sartorially sacred leopard print.” This collection is everything that Dolce & Gabbana is–unapologetically in-your-face sexy and not afraid to be over-the-top. The Animalier bronzer is the cornerstone of the small collection. Printed with the namesake print, it’s almost too pretty to use. But when you do, it will infuse your face with a glow that’s not too dark. Two lipsticks, an eyeshadow duo perfect for a smokey eye, and an orangey red nail lacquer round out the collection.
The Summertime collection was inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2011 runway, particularly the white Sicilian looks. This collection is a little softer than Animalier, mixing soft neutrals with bright pops of color. The Vulcano eye shadow quad has two neutrals, a pink, and a purple shade. The Passione nail lacquer is a perfect summer fuchsia. Four lipsticks, two glosses, and a lipliner offer lots of options. And in case you were wondering, orange is going nowhere yet; Sole, the duo’s blush offering, is a distinct sunny shade of orangey coral.
-When applying clear gloss over lipstick, just dab a bit in the center of the lips instead of the whole mouth.
-If you don’t want a sharp lip, apply lipstick with your fingers for a more natural look and forget the lipliner.
-If you want a 1950s look, go for an orange-red lipstick.
-To get spidery, full lashes, brush your mascara onto all the lashes, then back comb the brush onto the lashes to get them full, weighty, and a bit clumpy. Also a big trend this season? Lots of bottom lash mascara.
-To get a really strong brow, groom into a perfect arch first, then fill in with eye shadow powders, then an eye pencil. And make sure you use two or three different colors in the brow–it will look more natural.
Both Dolce & Gabbana summer collections are available now. Prices range from $20 for the nail lacquer to $59 for the eye shadow quad, Pat McGrath not included.