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Edited by on June 2 2011 at 1:04 PM

Rising and shining early on a Saturday morning can be a difficult task, unless you’re doing something incredibly fabulous. When I heard Pat McGrath, cosmetic visionary and Creative Advisor for Dolce&Gabbana The Make Up, was going to be at the Saks flagship to debut the brand’s new Italian Summertime Collection and Animalier Bronzer as a sunny start to the weekend, I jumped right out of bed. Over a gorgeous brunch, Pat demonstrated the products on two lovely models, talked about her vision for the iconic brand and shared her makeup tips with the room of wide-eyed editors.

Makeup Guru Pat McGrath Talks Dolce&Gabbana The Make Up at Saks

After sharing her cosmetic expertise, Pat answered a few of our burning questions.

On how Dolce & Gabbana’s collections inspire her for The Make Up: It’s incredible because there are so many Dolce & Gabbana collections to pull inspiration from. I work with Domenico and Stefano researching the archives to choose some of our favorite colors for the collections. I use elements I know they are inspired by – rich, Italian color and bright, bold design.

On choosing perfect colors for the collection: For me, when it comes to cosmetics, it’s not about right, it’s about love. Do I love that color? We test each hue multiple times on different models to make sure it works for many diverse looks. But over time, you have a sense of what is right and wrong.

On the must-have makeup trends for summer: I love that brows are back – we’re grooming them and making them fuller. I’m fond of the play on lips this season with the all-or-nothing mentality. You saw everything from the super strong colors all the way to nudes on the runway. Also, using blush and bronzer everywhere – eyes, cheeks, temples, chin and body – for a maximum summertime glow.


I also got to try the infamous Animalier Bronzer and Classic Cream Lipstick in Venere while I was there. One word covers both products – obsession. If these won’t make you feel like summer is here, nothing will.

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Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.

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