I have made no secret of my admiration for Pat McGrath, make up maestro and Dolce&Gabbana Make Up creative advisor. This season it’s all about the classic and sexy smoky eye/nude lip combo and if we can’t rely on an Italian brand to get that right, all is lost!
The muse for the collection is eternal beauty Monica Belluci who designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say ‘will always be the original Dolce& Gabbana woman; naturally, timelessly beautiful with an unwavering strength of character on the inside.”
The classic look works on practically every skin tone and, as it’s a trend that never goes out of fashion, it’s worth getting the best quality you can afford as you know you’ll get a good wear out of it.
To create the perfect smoky eye, world renowned makeup artist, Pat McGrath advises: “The Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Smoky is the perfect palette of light and hazy shades that can be layered to achieve a classic smoky eye. Apply the lighter ‘toned down’ shade for the day time but in the evening you can use the darkest shade and apply above the lash line which will add depth to the eyes and sockets to create a more noticeable definition. Next use a velvety soft kohl pencil like Graphite to add intensity. To complement the eyes and create a natural look that harmonises perfectly together, use the Voluptuous Lipstick in Nude Monica to achieve an extremely wearable lip with a sensual texture and look. Finally to finish, apply the stunning Nail Lacquer in Gentle which is incredibly feminine, and its damask rose shade creates a luxurious feel.”
Lips are key to the collection’s look and each Monica lipstick is encased in gold packaging featuring Monica’s name written in red on the case’s profile. There are three new natural shades:
Nude Monica, a refined buff
True Monica, a natural fleshy pink
Gentle Monica, a soft pale rose
The lipsticks’ smooth and creamy formula has skin conditioning ingredients to leave the lips feeling soft and looking plump. Each shade contains the signature Dolce&Gabbana lipstick scent of powdery rose. Complementing the lipsticks are lip liners in corresponding shades of Nude, Soft and Cashmere.
“Monica’s signature look works on many skin tones,” Pat continues. “To get the lips looking extra full, fill them in with lip liner first and then apply lipstick, Nude Monica suits darker skin, while pink-based Gentle Monica suits porcelain skin tones.”
I can’t promise you Belluci beauty but I can say the range will make you look and feel pretty darn sexy.
Prices start at £16.50 for an eye crayon.
Available from Harrods and harrods.com