Tried & Tested: Dolce Vita

02 March 2010

Backstage at Dolce & Gabbana in Milan this weekend, the reference given to make-up artist Pat McGrath and hair stylist Eugene Souleiman was none other than Dolce & Gabbana 20 years ago when they were first designing – think classical beauty and seriously sensual women. 

This weekend it was all about fabulously dark red lips and that glossy romantic hair which has become synonymous with Dolce, but with a distinctly wearable and down-to-earth take. Pat told us that this look is very realistic, "It's not about perfection - it's beautiful makeup that's slightly broken down…It's the way real women wear makeup, not so perfectly applied but still gorgeous and radiant."

We loved the lined taupe eyes and flushed cheeks, but went really quite wild for the deep raspberry red mouth which was created with two coats of Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks in Devil and Ultra Classic (£20, available at Selfridges and Harrods).

To recreate this look at home, apply two layers of the deep red Devil, blotting between each layer before using a finger to pat the darker ultra into the centre of the lips. Trust us, after practice you can perfect the technique - and we should know considering we've spent all afternoon testing out the hot new shades (see the chic results on Grazia's Beauty Assistant above).

If you don’t fancy splashing out on two lippies then we highly recommend the fabulous Lipstick in Magnifica from the new Dolce & Gabbana Rose collection - it's quite possibly the perfect shade of deep, deep red.

- Rose Beer, Beauty Assistant


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