Backstage Make Up Trends With Pat Mcgrath At Dolce&Gabbana: Milan Fashion Week

Take a sneak peek backstage at the Spring/Summer ’14 make up trends with Pat McGrath for DOLCE&GABBANA at Milan Fashion Week

At the Spring/Summer 2014 Ready to Wear show in Milan, Dolce&Gabbana presents a collection evoking traditional decorations and superior handcraftsmanship. Backstage, The Designers’ inspiration of an imaginary journey to rediscover ancient Sicily, where history and myth come together was brought to life by the brand Creative Advisor Pat McGrath using Dolce&Gabbana Make Up.


To complement The Designers’ creative vision Pat created a make up look with a combination of warm golden tones alongside rich red accents. To achieve a flawless base Pat applied Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation using the foundation brush. She started with a small amount of the foundation, applied to the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and blended it from the central point of the face outward, until the product flowed seamlessly to the hairline and jaw. Perfect Luminous Concealer was then used to add extra coverage and achieve an illuminated look, especially under the eyes. Finally, Pat created a veil of perfection with a dusting of the pressed powder on the nose and chin. To complete the face, Pat blended the blush in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach, adding a light smudge of the eyeshadow duo in Fortune to the cheekbones and temples for a subtly sculpted finish.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Turning her attention to the eyes, Pat applied the lighter shades from the eyeshadow quad in Golds and Desert to create a deep, gilded look. Pat then applied the eyeliner in Chocolate and Nude to the upper and lower eye, adding a bronze flecked liquid liner on top of the lash line, for further definition. Finally, layers of Passioneyes Duo Mascara in Terra were applied for volumised and curled lashes, giving models a luxurious yet playful gaze. Pat then applied the brow liner in Soft Brown for a natural, tailored brow.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

On the lips, Pat used Classic Cream Lipstick in two dynamic new shades, set to arrive at Dolce&Gabbana Make Up counters from Spring 2014. The new colours, Bellissima and Traviata, were mixed to add warm decadence to the look. The color was applied with greater intensity at the cupid’s bow for better definition and striking finish.

To complement the look Pat chose the nail lacquer in Pure Nude for a final touch of luxury.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Product list:

the foundation
Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

the concealer
Perfect Luminous Concealer

the blush
Luminous Cheek Colour in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach

the powder
Perfection Veil Pressed Powder (available from Spring 2014)

the mascara
Passioneyes Duo Mascara: Curl and Volume in Terra

the eyeshadow
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Fortune
Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Golds and Desert

the eyeliner
Crayon Intense in Chocolate and Nude

the glam liner
Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze

the browliner
Shaping Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown (available from January 2014)

the lipstick
Classic Cream Lipstick in Bellissima and Traviata (available from Spring 2014)

the nail lacquer
Intense Nail Lacquer in Pure Nude

Red Hot Summer Essentials

It’s summer! Although if you live in the UK you probably wouldn’t know it at the moment but we all live in hope of a bit of summer sun! For those of you who are lucky enough to be going away on hols this year or for those of you, like myself, just trying to capture a bit of summer spirit, here are my fave products to see you through the season.

Although my next holiday won’t actually be until the spring, I’m already thinking how luggage is always an issue when I travel abroad. Either I never have enough room for all my belongings or there’s a massively long wait at the carousel so I’ve invested in a new suitcase now while the price is right – one specially designed to be the perfect size to go in the cabin (so no waiting around!) and it EXPANDS! (It’s a Domo 18″ if anyone’s interested and comes in black too I believe, and inside it has masses of pockets too!)

I will also be taking along my new Zatchels satchel which I was incredibly lucky to win in a competition on twitter. It’s worth a whopping £94 and is hand made leather. Love it!

I’d also recommend Maxing it out with a Maxi dress and flip flops like these:

Strapless dress from Miss Selfridge…  Jelly style sandals by Ted Baker.

Hair products need to be high performance – Wella have a great new range (Wella Professionals Care & Styling line) featuring products for wet and dry styling and finishing products to keep your hair looking good, to take you from poolside to beachside.

The hair trend is red hot too – check out celebs like Rihanna and newly fired up Charlotte Church.

Make-up this season should be blocks of contrasting colour – for a muted version try Crush Eyeshadow Trio in ‘Lava’ by DuWop, a mini palette of molten metallic shadows.

And lastly treat your nails to a super fast make-over with Leighton Denny nail polish in Viva La Diva – a pure red tone to add some colour to any outfit.

What red hot products will you be taking on your holidays?

Fashion For Hire

I’m not sure what the collective name for these type of websites is, but I’ve seen an increasing number of online stores where you can now sign up and hire products – clothes, bags, jewellery, you name it – to keep your wardrobe on trend. Mostly available is designer apparel, the kind of items you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford or coveted designs that seem to have sold out before they even went on sale.

Legitimate websites offer certificates of authenticity for all the products they lend and will ask for a deposit (just in case that Mulberry bag you’re borrowing ends up slightly more weathered than when you received it. Weathered = coffee stained and covered in your favourite (now melted) lipstick. You get the idea!) Some websites are by account only ie. you pay a monthly fee and that allows you to ‘rent’ out the products you want each month. And now in some places, if you can’t bear to part with your new hire item, you have the option of buying it at the end of your hire term.

So is it worth it?
I think if I had a special occasion to attend or was in a fashion environment everyday then this is a great way to keep up with trends and afford designer items on a lower budget. I say lower, because of course with monthly fees and a hefty deposit per item, it’s still not a cheap way to go designer, but it’s certainly a more affordable path to those of us who aren’t Cheryl Cole or Victoria Beckham types.

I also think that being as fickle as the fashion industry is with it’s everchanging trends resulting in ‘throw-away’ fashion…why not hire items as and when you need them? It would certainly help decrease the volume of textile waste and means we wouldn’t end up with wardrobes full of unworn and out of date clothing that has seen better days.

Thumbs up for fashion hire! Here are a few examples of hire sites:

Rent Your Rocks – a website offering diamond jewellery for rent. See some of the jewellery available in a previous post here.
Fashion Hire – offers designer bags to hire and a number for sale too.
Girl Meets Dress – designer dresses for hire.
My Celebrity Dress – designer dresses for hire, in styles seen on celebrities.

Launch of new moloh shop in Pimlico…

Just wanted to give this a quick mention as this new shop (Moloh by Caroline Smiley) is opening tomorrow (Thursday 1st October 2009) in Pimlico and I love the designs and the use of layering ~ they look so warm and cosy!

It began rather quietly with a pair of overalls (albeit very special ones) and grew, with an equal lack of fanfare – a belt here, a jacket there. Now, seven years later, moloh is a fully-fledged clothing collection, with one shop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire and a second, just opening, in London’s eclectically chic Pimlico.

Far from being dictated to by the whims of fashion and controlled by its often contrary calendar, moloh’s founder and creator, Caroline Smiley, launches a new collection once a year – in April and said of Moloh, “What we do often comes back to the classics,” she says, “but I want our clothes to be fun; to have a twist; to be sexy in a smart (never tarty) way.”