Runway Makeup: Sicilian Beauty at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013

At the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013 show in Milan, Sicilian tradition was the inspiration behind the combination of bright corals alongside subtle warm hues makeup look.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013 show makeup look

Runway beauty at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013 show

“It has been fantastic creating a make-up look for this wonderful collection; it pays tribute to The Designers love for Silicily so perfectly through the use of stunning prints and intricately hand-crafted pieces. The clothes evoke a real sense of the traditional Mediterranean summer so I wanted to bring that to life with the make-up look. The models look radiant – the warm coral shades are complemented by the sensual red brown lip which really adds to the Designers’ inspiration.” explained Pat McGrath, the brand’s Creative Advisor.

To achieve a flawless look, Pat applied new Luminous Liquid Foundation using the Foundation Brush. She carefully blended the foundation adding extra coverage on the nose and forehead. The Concealer was then used to achieve a faultless complexion illuminated with light. Finally Pat used Luminous Cheek Color in Sole, Mocha and Apricot, mixing a combination of warm shades sweeping lightly across models’ cheekbones creating a glowing and radiant finish.

On the eyes, Smooth Eye Color Quad in Desert was applied, layering pale gold shadow to create a luxuriously subtle, iridescent base. The Glam Liner in Black Intense added an element of drama, applied along the lash line it created a strikingly feline cats-eye. Crayon Intense in Chocolate and Intense Eye Khol Crayonl in True Black were then worked along the lash line below the eyes for further definition. Finally, several layers of Intenseyes Mascara were applied, achieving volumized, perfectly coated lashes for a flirtatious look.

Turning her attention to the lips, Pat applied Classic Cream Lipstick in Chocolate and Iconic, blending the color to create a lip stain for a provocative look. The color was applied with greater intensity at the cupid’s bow, to enhance the lips for a smooth and full finish.

Pat chose Intense Nail Lacquer in Pink for a final subtle accent. The pastel shade and luxurious finish perfectly completed the sensual makeup look.

Backstage makeup at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013 show

Images: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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