Everyday Makeup: A Recreation of Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 RTW Runway Look.


Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 RTW Fashion Week (Source: style.com)

Something funny happens to me all the time: when it’s cold (like today, -15C / -26C with the wind), I like to do springtime inspired looks.  Why do you think that is?  An easy look that has been my go-to for the past couple of months now is this: Pat McGrath’s Sophia Loren-inspired makeup for Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012.  It’s all about the flushed cheeks, brows, flared lashes and the kitten eye. Oh, and can I just say I love that the term kitten eye?  Like, kittayns! #crazycatlady

Get the Look

For the eyes, go over the entire lid with your foundation to even it out.  Brush and fill in your brows (MAC Brun eyeshadow).  Take a black liquid liner (Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner) and start lining the outer half of the upper lash line. Make sure that the line gets thicker as you move towards the corner, and draw a slight flick at the end.  I made the line quite thick on the corners, but someone who has a lot of visible eyelid can pull this off with a thinner line.  Go over the outer corner with a black pencil (Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Pencil) and smudge with a brush to soften the line.  Don’t forget to line the top waterline black as well. Highlight the inner corner with a light-reflecting champagne eyeshadow.

On the lower lash line, take a brown pencil eyeliner (Urban Decay Whiskey 24/7 Pencil) along the outer half and soften the line with a brush.  Line the lower waterline with a flesh coloured pencil.  I don’t have a flesh coloured pencil, so I mixed two eyeshadows (Urban Decay Naked and Virgin eyeshadows) and applied with an angled liner brush. Apply lots of mascara on top and bottom lashes, and a half strip of false lashes if you wish.

For the face/cheeks, keep the base sheer with a lightweight foundation (Bourjois 55 Beige Fonce Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation) and go over it lightly with a translucent powder (Kett Sett Powder).  Apply a mix of a coral and a brownish blush (Tarte Blissful and Exposed Amazonian Clay Blushes) along the cheeks, close to where you would normally shade and contour.

For the lips, apply a rosy pink lipstick (Chanel Jersey Rose Rouge Coco Lipstick).  You can keep the lips matte like this, but I went with a little dab of sheer light pink lipgloss (Giorgio Armani Pink 508 Wild Rose Gloss d’Armani — from the Spring 2012 collection ‘Luce’).

Read on to see more pictures!


LOL this is my attempt at a new look for FOTDs. I call it deer in headlights.
Oh, and it looks a lot like this guy.

I hope that was sorta useful. My lighting today was not ideal but *shrugs* whatchugonnado? Winter’s here.  What is your go-to makeup look lately?  I’d love to know it in the comments. :)

  • http://www.makeupbydonnamarie.blogspot.com Donna Marie

    Very nice! My go to look has been the pin up look but with a nude lip. It’s fast and easy which is what I need especially when you’re a mama of 3!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Ooooh pin up! Hawttt mama! :)

  • http://www.make-upjunkie.blogspot.com Joy

    Gorgeous – love it! A little bit of liner is such a fast and easy look to do.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks Joy! Totally easy!

  • sarah

    this look is timeless! i think it would for any season really, and you look lovely :)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thank you Sarah. :)

  • http://Www.LipstickRules.com Michelle

    Loooooove it! And love the non-smiling FOTD ;)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      LOL you’re making fun of me behind my back, aren’t you Michelle?

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@BeautyReflections

    Haha-you kind of look like you’re trying soooooo hard not to smile and about to burst out into one!
    Love the look. But I love your dimple smile! I think your lighting is fine too! ;)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      It really does look like that, doesn’t it? I was trying to smize but for some reason these eyes are not up for smizing today. HAHAHA. ;)

  • Danielle

    Loooove! Even love the non-smiling pic…maybe we only look like deer in headlights to ourselves?! I know my makeup look for tomorrow! :)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Hahaha maybe. I feel like I looked so bug eyed/surprised. ;)

  • http://megsmakeupbag.blogspot.com/ Meg

    Love this look! How are you liking the Bourjois foundation? I’ve heard a lot about it.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Hi Meg, it’s the first day I tried the foundation, but so far I like it. :) The finish is quite nice that I might not even need to set it with powder.

  • http://tinyladylife.blogspot.com/ lilladylife

    oh it looks so gorgeous, simple elements all put together for a KA POW look!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      I agree. :) Less is more with this look.

  • http://www.myfunnyvalentineblog.com Jen W

    So pretty and flirty. Love it. I had a look at that Y U NO comic guy and cracked up (although you look nothing like him)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Hahaha I’m totally the Y U NO guy. But the girl version, of course.

  • http://radiant-brown-beauty.com Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

    Very nice :-) It’s a natural look too. You almost look like you have no make up on

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks! I think it’s partly the lighting, and partly the foundation. It’s no makeup makeup. :)

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  • http://www.makeupforprofessionalasianwomen.com Jamilla

    This is a natural, springy look! Very difficult to achieve in the depths of Canadian winter – I salute you!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Ha very difficult to achieve if you go to work during the day, as we don’t get light past 4:30 pm. :P Good thing I had yesterday off. Even then my lighting wasn’t good.

  • http://fieran.wordpress.com Fieran

    Your hair looks awesome..and so does the makeup :)

    My go-to look is slightly shimmery/satiny gray eyeshadow (think MAC Stovepipe Black/MAC Steel) with a goldish inner corner highlight (usually MAC Patina) and a neutral shade in the crease (MAC Brun or Keep Your Cool). Lined with black liner and a little bit of mascara.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks Fieran. :) I liked my hair like this, too!

      Your go-to look sounds amazing! I always wanted to get Patina. I must look into that again. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Swathi Narumanchi

    This look is so very BEA-uuuutiful look !!! It is so fresh and awesome ! The lipstick/gloss combo with that eyes are killer !!!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks Swathi. :) I love love LOVE the lip combo, too.

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  • http://vsmakeupsecrets.blogspot.com Victoria

    I love how simple yet beautiful this look is on you! The falsies really emphasize your eyes wonderfully :)

  • http://thenotice.net Rae // theNotice

    Guh. You are too pretty, Arianne! I’m fairly certain you’re skewing the metres for the rest of us, like there’s only X amount of pretty allowed to exist on planet Earth at any given point of time and you’re taking way more than your fair share :P

    Love the glowing skin, smudged liner flick, and romantic curls!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/ANTMLiveCanada YC

    The makeup looks nature, like it!!!

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  • http://www.laestetica.com.ph sky@laestetica

    thank you, thank you for this article!very helpful for an amateur & frustrated girl like me who loves make up.

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