Fall holiday makeup made easy
Put your favorite orange lipstick from the summer away already: Dolce & Gabbana national makeup artist Christian McCulloch says that fall is all about the cooler tones, like fuchsia and burgundy.
To style the new bold pout, go easy on the eyes, he says.
“It’s fresher without a heavy eye,” says McCulloch. “A pale shadow, like a gold or champagne, is really pretty and easy, because it doesn’t require precision. Just something shimmery across your eyelid with great lashes.”
But what’s the makeup artist — who gets Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Williams red-carpet ready — really loving?
“My big thing at the moment is lashes and lips,” says McCulloch. “Really amazing lashes, maybe with a winged eyeliner.” He shows us how to create the look.
Create a cat-eye
“It’s tricky,” admits McCulloch. He suggests sketching out your line softly first with a pencil. “This is to see the angle, and to see how it looks with your eye open before you go in with a liquid applicator,” he says. “If you paint a flick on an eye when it’s closed, it can look a bit too horizontal when you open your eye. Look in the mirror and see where you want that flick, and then create a tiny dot with a pencil and paint from that dot down toward the corner of your lashes. I also take the pencil and run it along the inner rim of the eye, top and bottom. That’ll create that [feline] Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn look.”
Thick or thin?
“I like a thicker cat eye,” says the artist. “Thick is cool; it makes it strong. It doesn’t have to be Amy Winehouse-level, but that Kate Moss-y thing is nice.”
Now for the cheeks
“I’m not one for heavy-duty cheek color,” says McCulloch. “But I do love to bring in bronzer to the cheek through winter. In winter, you want a little color in your face too! “Dolce & Gabbana has a bronzing color called Desert, which I use for contouring. The two blush colors I use most are an apricot and a pale pink to create a soft flush on the cheek.”
“I always like sparkle. Shimmery and metallic eye shadows are fun. Also, liquid liner is a great party look. I think a liner along the lash line and winged out is beautiful.”
1. Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo lipstick in Feminine
“It’s a pinky-brown with a little bit of shimmer in it.” $35, www.saksfifthavenue.com
2. A good lip balm
“Nuxe has a lovely, waxy honey lip balm, which is great conditioning for the winter.” Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm, $19, www.amazon.com
3. Dolce & Gabbana Passion Eyes mascara
“The new mascara actually has a curling quality. We’ve all been quite shocked that it actually lifts and curls the lashes without having to use an eyelash curler prior.” $32, www.sephora.com
4. Natural oils
“I like a lot of the natural organic products from the health food store, like mixing a little drop of argan oil in with your moisturizer for extra hydration.”