I’m so excited that Dolce&Gabbana National Makeup Artist, Christian McCulloch, and this team of top make-up artists, will be at the Saks Fifth Avenue, Galleria this coming Saturday, May 30th from 11 AM – 7 PM to introduce the Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection and Dolce&Gabbana Summer Shine Collection and will be creating custom makeup applications inspired by Spring beauty trends.
Christian is known for his keen eye in designing chic and sophisticated beauty looks for top celebrities and major publications. He has recently worked with: Kate Hudson, Camila Alves, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Wilde and major publications such as: Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire.
I will be there Saturday to have a private consultation with him and if you’re local in Houston, I’d also like to invite you to do the same! For appointments please call: (713) 627 – 0500 EXT. 5102.
I had the opportunity to do a brief Q&A with him about the Summer Shine Collection and the Matte Lipstick Collection. Check it out below!
What’s your favorite thing about the Summer Shine Collection?
I love this collection! I can use every single product and shade to create many looks! This collection lends to a glowing summer beauty look with a pop of unexpected color, a little funky yet still chic. I love to see girls rocking this look. I love the apricot blush and illuminator especially because it gives skin that skin that warm, golden glow.
What are your suggested products from both Summer Shine Collection and Matte Lipstick collection that are great for daily look?
The Smooth Eye Color Quad in Brown Blush is perfection for a daily look, day or night. I use that one constantly because the shades are very flattering along with the Luminous Cheek Color in Apricot. I love to finish off with the Dolce&Gabbana Shaping Eyebrow Pencil to frame the eyes.
Also, the cool berry matte reds in the Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection are my picks for daily wear!
Which products would you recommend for an evening look?
Night generally translates to a little more makeup and a little more drama and intensity. On both the lips and eyes you can create a more dramatic look with the amped-up deeper shades, like the pink and blue in Smooth Eye Color Due in Summer Hue. The other eye shadow in the collection, Smooth Eye Color in Brown Blush is gorgeous for smoky eyes. For the lips, try the Dolce&Gabbana Shine Lipstick in Light Blue for fun!
Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection, I could look at it all day. It’s the perfect cherry crimson. But they are all gorgeous! Inferno is a very deep and fabulous nighttime color, which is very beautiful on darker complexions. Fire, as the name suggests, is a super fresh orange-based red. Dolce Matte Lipstick in Lover is probably the brightest shade – a real bold raspberry, quite fruity – delicious for those who love color.
When doing a make-up for someone, how do you determine which products to use – say for example from the Summer Shine Collection? Are you usually inspired by anything in particular or do you normally base it on their personality or shape of face, etc?
It is definitely key to interpret someone’s personality and personal style when designing makeup for them. It’s that sweet spot between taking them a touch out of their comfort zone, perhaps into something new, but still making them feel like themselves – just cooler and/or sexier.
I usually start with one focal point, the brightest or boldest element of the look, and work around that. Certain things will always be flattering on everyone like good brows, gorgeous healthy cheeks and mesmerizing eyes. Light blue eye shadow is gorgeous on a surprising number of people and I’m always trying to bring it back!
What are your tips in using the Summer Shine Collection?
Use the whole set! It’s all useable and gorgeous. Start with the skin and eyes and build up from there.
?What are your tips in using The Matte Lipstick Collection?
As Tom Pecheux has said, with the Dolce Matte Lipsticks it’s about selecting your shade by a process of elimination and stick to the ones you gravitate most toward. The best one for you will stand out!
Application wise, I tend to always apply the color to the bottom lip first. That’s easiest and the fullest area so you get an immediate sense of the color. Then I lightly rub the lips together to transfer the color straight up to the top lip, giving the lips a natural shape. Then I use a brush to finesse the edges, making the outside line more precise. For extra long wear or a super precise shape, I’ll use the Dolce&Gabbana Precision Lipliner in the corresponding shade. You can always blot the lips with a tissue and reapply to make sure it’s not going anywhere!
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