How to get the Dolce & Gabbana runway beauty look at home: Backstage with Pat McGrath

Dolce & Gabbana showed their spring 2012 collection during Milan Fashion Week on September 25, 2011 and left Fashionistas everywhere wanting to re-create the runway make-up looks worn by the models during the show. The collection celebrated Italian culinary culture and Mediterranean traditions which was shown through the designing duo’s playful red hot pepper prints, pasta adorned accessories and pastel crocheted fabrications.

In order to capture this vibe in the make-up worn by the models on the runway, make-up artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath used Dolce& Gabbana make-up in spring 2012’s vibrant and intense hues from the new Passion Duo Lipstick and Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation.

Here is how Pat McGrath made up the models backstage at Dolce & Gabbana:


Using a Dolce & Gabbana make-up brush, McGrath applied small amounts of “Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation” to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin of the models. She blended the foundation by moving from the center of the face outwards in order to create a flawless base. Then, McGrath used Dolce & Gabbana blush in “Provocative” and “Rose.”She swept the blush over the apples of the models cheeks.


The Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in “Femme Fatale” was applied to the eyes and then lined on the lids in “black” and “coffee” which created definition and made the models’ eyes pop. To finish off the look, McGrath used “Secret Eyes Mascara” in black to add volume to the lashes.


There were two shades of Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” lipstick used on the spring 2012 runway during Milan Fashion Week: “Imperial” and “Sensation.” The lipstick gave the models’ lips both moisturizing pigment and a sheer gloss.


The nails on Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2012 runway were in two of the season’s hottest hues: “Dahlia” and “Wild Green.” Both colors will be “must have’s” for the spring 2012 season.

Domenico Dolce: “This season we were inspired by the charm and beauty of Southern Italy; the food, the smells and the sense of occasion. After all, this is at the very heart of our culture and heritage and is so dear to us.” Stefano Gabbana agrees: “This collection symbolizes our love for the Mediterranean spirit; from the distinctive illuminations that adorn every street and the fragrances and tastes of Mediterranean food. We see this as true Italian beauty.”

Pat McGrath took this inspiration backstage and brought the designing duo’s love for traditional cuisine and heritage to life with effortlessly glamorous make-up which embodies the Italian spirit. “I just love how the simple yet chic make up look we have created complements the stunning SS12 catwalk collection. I love the references to food in the collection and how the makeup look accompanies this; plump red tomato lips, deep aubergine and fresh green nails looked amazing and using the new Creamy Foundation and passion Duo shades was so exciting and really enhanced the look we were trying to achieve. The signature Dolce & Gabbana inspiration and heritage was again ever present on the catwalk, and I feel the vivid yet sophisticated make up really worked to bring the whole collection to life.”