As much as I complain about seeing the same parades of pastels and nudes each spring, the truth is I don’t actually mind a bit of it every now and then—assuming it’s executed with some finesse. And for a textbook-perfect example, I’d nominate Dolce & Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week (flawless skin, glowy textures, and that coveted lit-from-within glow that looks good with just about everything). I’m not even going to feign surprise at loving this look because let’s face it: whatever makeup legend Pat McGrath creates is bound to be good. And this is really good.
McGrath went with a palette of warm golden tones and rich accent reds to complement the collection, inspired by a journey through ancient Sicily. The base is a combination of D&G Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation and Perfect Luminous Concealer (concentrated under the eyes), plus a light dusting of powder. To get that seamless look, blend from the center and make sure the product melts into the hairline and jaw. The insanely sculpted cheekbones are the result of the brand’s eyeshadow duo in Fortune, while the skin gets a bit of warmth from blush in Rosebud, Apricot, and Peach.
For the “gilded” eyes, McGrath used the lighter shades from the Golds and Desert quad, then applied the eyeliner in Chocolate and Nude to the upper and lower lashline. Eyes were further defined with Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze, then finished off with multiple layers of Passioneyes Duo Mascara in Terra. And the fabulously full, Cara-esque brows? Those were achieved with brow liner in Soft Brown.
Finally, let’s talk about that lip. It’s a far cry from the expected nude or pale pink, yet it works so beautifully with the lightness of the look. McGrath mixed two shades of D&G Classic Cream Lipstick (Bellissima and Traviata, which—wouldn’t you know it?—won’t hit counters until Spring 2014). So while we wait through another two seasons, I’d suggest that you root around in your stash for something similar. And in the spirit of following McGrath’s lead in all things beauty, apply the color with greater intensity at the cupid’s bow, then sheer it out as you go. Et voila! Springtime perfection.
Tell me: are you excited for spring or firmly fixated on fall beauty? Can we discuss the genius of pairing a red lip with warm-weather makeup? What’s your favorite fashion week look?