Sexy makeup look, focus on the eyes, a ‘morning after the night before’ makeup look with Gordon Espinet

The story about this makeup look is quite funny because we did a makeup test and we tried something a little bit more conceptual yesterday but then today…

Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 - Photo Charlotte Mesman
Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 – Photo Charlotte Mesman

A sexy and contemporary makeup look, the one created by M.A.C’s vice-president of makeup artistry Gordon Espinet for the Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Fashion Show in Milan. We met Gordon Espinet backstage, a few minutes before the beginning of the show and we asked him to tell us more about this makeup look, which products he used, and how to copy this look at home. Watch the video, read the full interview below.

I have known Dan and Dean [Dan and Dean Caten, designers of Dsquared2] for a long time and I think that they have a very particular style. I mean, I always recognize Dsquared2 by just looking at it without even seeing the label because it’s a very distinct style and I find that the Dsquared2 girl, or woman, or whatever she is… is a little bit sensual. She’s a little bit sexy, she’s playful she’s not overly glamorous. Like she’s not too big but she likes to look beautiful.

The story about this makeup look is quite funny because we did a makeup test and we tried something a little bit more conceptual yesterday but then today, when I came early this morning for the shoot for the ad campaign I did a different makeup and then they were like: “We like that!” so we also changed the makeup for tonight’s show.

The makeup is quite simple. It’s really not about the makeup, it’s about the woman, it’s about the girl. We do a sort of like… almost like a dark circle or something like beautifully tired eyes, a little bit fragile also. But it’s not meant to look scary or gothic or anything like that, it’s really meant to look quite lovely.

Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 - Photo Charlotte Mesman
Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 – Photo Charlotte Mesman
Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 - Photo Charlotte Mesman
Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 – Photo Charlotte Mesman
Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 - Photo Charlotte Mesman
Backstage Dsquared2 Summer 2019 Show. Makeup trends summer 2019 – Photo Charlotte Mesman

Other than that we’ve kept everything ‘super duper fresh’ so that their skin is quite naked. We groomed their brows, there’s no mascara, there’s no eyelashes, there’s no lips. It’s just really about this girl who it might be… the morning after the night before.

You know so she’s not really made up, she just looks fantastic.

What did you use for the skin?

So on their skin we just used some basic stuff like a moisturizer. I have a very favorite product that is called ‘Time Check Lotion’ from MAC. It is like a moisturizer and primer at the same time and I always use that because it just makes skin look good with no color.

Furthermore we use a little concealer, only were needed. We probably will add some powder because tonight it’s very hot and so in the lineup we may add a little bit of powder if necessary, but we want their skin to look quite radiant. And then on the eyes we use a very famous MAC product called ‘Root Cream Color Base‘ and a little bit of ‘Teddy Eye Kohl Pencil MAC‘ in the rim of the eyes. We groomed the models’ eye brows with super cool brow pens from MAC that look literally like a felt pen to make the brows look quite natural and full. We don’t want an arch brow, we want it to be more childlike.

And then on the lips just a little bit of lip conditioner. So there’s nothing on the face, really there’s nothing on the lips. It’s all about this smoky kind of dirty eye as I would call it.

You know what I love about this look? I think it’s quite universal. It looks good on everybody because there’s like I said… there’s something kind of sensual about it without looking overly made up. It doesn’t look like a YouTube video, instead it looks like a woman. A woman who has a soul, a spirit, and so that’s the look we went with.

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