#Grazia360: Pat McGrath Talks Us Through The Beauty Look Backstage At Dolce & Gabbana

24 September 2013 by

#Grazia360: Pat McGrath Talks Us Through The Beauty Look Backstage At Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2014 [Jason Lloyd Evans]

As you may have noticed, #Grazia360 is bringing you an all-access look at how fashion week comes together around the world. For our Milan instalment, we teamed up with the brilliant Dolce & Gabbana and have already brought you a video interview with the design duo as well as Anna Dello Russo’s thoughts on the fairytale show - but now we turn our eyes to Camp Beauty. Grazia Daily was granted exclusive backstage access to meet Pat McGrath before the Spring Summer 2014 show when the makeup maven filled us in on the dreamy look she created.

‘We have a very glowing, beautiful look that's still a nod to Sophia Loren, but this time she’s in the sun, she’s in a Greek theatre,’ Pat revealed. As she talked us through the Dolce & Gabbana products used, catwalker Kate King showcased the sumptuous look, accented by an up-do adorned with a floral headband. So how did the look come about?

#Grazia360: Pat McGrath Talks Us Through The Beauty Look Backstage At Dolce Gabbana

Kate King and Pat McGrath [Grazia Live]

‘From the beginning, we start with the clothing,' Pat says. 'Stefano and Domenico bought some wonderful inspirations as well as images of Sophia because she is one of the icon’s of the house. This season, they showed us these beautiful hair accessories; we looked at the richness and all thought they we need to be a little more angelic, a little bit cherubic.'

As for how to get the look, Pat fills us in.  ‘We used the desert quad to create the beautiful eye, using the soft brown underneath and a little bit in the socket. Then we used the gold quad and mixed pink and gold shadow on the lids and on the corners. I took the chocolate eyeliner pencil, drawing it on the outside, and then used Bronze Baroque Glam Liner on the outer corners on top of the pencil.’

 Pat McGrath Dolce Gabbana Beauty

Dolce & Gabbana, The Makeup [Grazia Live]

But the hero product of the season is the brand new Passion Eyes Mascara. ‘We used it on the outer corner,’ Pat explains, lightly fluttering it onto Kate’s lashes for a more natural result. ‘We added nude pencil liner inside the eyes to open them up.’

As for the blushers, Pat used a real bumper crop including apricots, rosebud and peach. ‘A mixture of three gives you that real sun-kissed, peachy-pink cheek,’ she says. ‘We’ve also put it in the hairline and on the chin, so it’s a real all-over glow.’ As a finishing touch, Pat used Fortune Gold to the cheeks and eyelids for another layer of shimmer.


Onto the lipsticks and it’s all about the Bellissima and Traviata shades. ‘Aren’t they gorgeous?’ Indeed they are. ‘I mix them together on my hands and just dab onto the lips then tissue off for more of a matte finish,’ says Pat. The Italian brand have also released new brow liners in soft brown used to create a feathery eyebrow, rather than a strong or precise finish. ‘I just fill in where colour’s missing and then use the wand to brush through’.

Finally, we want to know what's the best thing about working with the legendary designers. 'It’s really interesting to create that real Dolce feel, but also to really change it by using colours and different shades,' she says. 'There’s always a challenge and everyone works best when they’re challenged.' And the proof is in the pudding.


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