Runway Makeup: Milan Fashion Week SS 2017

Call me a wannabe, but I’ve always been fascinated by fashion runway makeup looks. There is something about that fine line between the wearable and the artsy, that professional makeup artists play along in the backstage. This year’s Fashion month, I was absolutely mesmerized by the look that makeup genius Pat McGrath created for Dolce & Gabbana’s Tropico Italiano show in Milan.
It took me about 2 seconds to decide that I was going to recreate the look; it looked clean, chic and SO wearable, for once. So I spent an hour looking at photos from the show and checking miss McGrath’s Instagram account, and then got straight to work. First, here is a glimpse at the original makeup look:

Photo credit: Dolce & Gabbana

The British makeup artist posted a few photos and videos of the look on Instagram (@patmcgrathreal), so I was able to get a better idea of how it was achieved. Evidently, I didn’t use the same products nor did I recreate the exact look, but here is my own interpretation of it:


There were two main elements tinthis makeup looks that I wanted to emulate; the eyes and the lips. While I wasn’t sure what colours were used, I did see some pink on the eyes in a very subtle smokey style, while the lips were a pinkish, orangey red.
On the eyes, I did a very soft pink smokey using the shades Tempera, Venetian Red and Red Ochre from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, and I used a gel liner from Kiko. I did notice that the look was different on each model, which in my opinion is the best way to do makeup; adapt it to each individual. But if you’d like to attempt this look, here are the steps I followed:


The D&G models had perfect glowy and natural skin, so I used a light hand when applying my foundation and concealer. I used the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation which offers a sheer coverage if applied lightly, and the Maybelline Fit Me! concealer just on the undereye area. There was obviously no contouring and highlighting involved, which I absolutely loved skipping! Instead I used the ArtDeco eyeshadow in the shade 135 (a pinkish red) on my cheeks in guise of both contour and blush.


Last but not least is my favourite part about this entire makeup look, the lips! I had no idea what colour I was going to use because I didn’t have anything remotely similar to the shade in the original look. But that meant I was going to have fun mixing lippies! After some pondering, I picked two NARS lip products: The Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg and the Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave. I started out by staining my lips using Luxembourg, then mixed in Heat Wave, and finally topped it off with a second layer of Luxembourg. And voilà!



This was such a fun look to recreate, and I will definitely be wearing it whenever I feel like looking effortlessly chic and put together. It was also very quick to do, so I can see it working for busy women who are on the go and want a simple yet sophisticated makeup look.
As usual, I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions in the comments!

The Foundry girl.


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