How to get the make-up the models didn’t want to take off

We may be in the throes of Fashion Month for SS10, but let’s not forget the season we’re in right now.


Today, a shout goes out to what has become known in insider circles as, ‘The make-up the models didn’t want to take off’ – namely the slicked, smoky eyes and perfect, pale pink mouths created by Gordon Espinet at DSquared2 for AW09.

Not only is it on-trend (the smoky eye has officially gone into meltdown for a/w, swapping powdery textures for a glossy finish, and this is a fine example), but in the words of Beauty Assistant Georgia who witnessed the look backstage, ‘It’s exactly how you want to look.’


I grabbed five minutes with Gordon during LFW to find out exactly how he did it:

‘I started by lining the inner rims of models’ eyes with Kohl Power Pencil in Feline [£12, part of Mac’s new DSquared2 Collection, available October 1st]. It’s the blackest pencil I’ve found and I just gave it as much as the models could take! [FYI: Gordon loves Feline so much he has 7,000 of them stored at home!]

‘Next, I blended Greasepaint Stick in Intense Black [£13.50, by Mac, available October 1st] on the sockets, smudging it underneath the eyes, too. Then to add depth and interest to the black, I added a little Greasepaint Stick in B [a blue, also part of Mac’s DSquared2 collection] to the inner half of the lower rim and in V [a purple, part of the DSquared2 collection] to the socket. Think of a kind of butterfly wing effect.

‘For the lips, I used Lip Erase [£11, available nationwide on October 1st] all over the mouth, then dabbed Lip Conditioner in Fuchsia Fix [£10.50, by Mac], in the middle’

I’ll be writing more about the miracle that is Lip Erase to coincide with its nationwide launch (till now, it’s only been available as part of the Mac Pro collection). Brace yourselves – it really is brilliant.

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