Milan A/W ’12: Gucci goes to art school … and gets an A+

Mon, 27 February 2012 3:58PM

When it comes to make-up, our friends at Gucci love a signature feature. And how. At last season’s show, models sported sooty, black raccoon eyes. The one before, mouths were lacquered a dark and glossy scarlet. We took bets on which standout beauty look would hit the runway this time. In the end, lips won the day. Here’s why we loved the look:


1. They were arty

“Just a touch of Rosetti” is what make-up doyenne Pat McGrath said of the look she created backstage, referencing the muses of Dante Gabriel Rosetti’s 19th century oil paintings. Here’s one now. Isn’t she pretty?


Image via Art Of Europe

2. They’re totally copyable

While I’ve rarely met a lipstick look I didn’t like, sometimes standout shades can be tricky to get right when you’re not Miranda Kerr. But not this one.  Oh no. The black-cherry hue has a purple-y undertone which universally flattering. Don’t believe us? Run to your nearest beauty counter and pick up Covergirl Outlast Double Lipshine in Berry Blast, $18.95 for a high-shine finish or, my current obsession, Clinique Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin, $35, for a sheerer take on the trend. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Promise.

3. You don’t need to do much else

In a hurry? Make the Gucci look your go-to. McGrath used just a hint of foundation, some taupe eyeshadow and a slick of mascara on top lashes only to accessorise her pre-Raphaelite lips. Which would take you two minutes, max.

*A small word of warning: We need to talk about brows. These ones are bleached. Just when we’d breathed a sigh of relief that bold, bushy arches seemed to be firmly stamped on beauty’s blueprint, Ms McGrath goes and wipes them away again with a wave of her peroxide wand. Word is, she did it because she felt strong brows would make the look more “period” when paired with a dark merlot lip. Well, maybe. But does that mean you should bleach yours in agreement? No. No, it does not. Maybe just go a bit easy on the pencil.

So, will you be unleashing your inner artist and painting on a wine-stained lip à la Gucci come Autumn?

What inspires you when you’re creating a new make-up look?

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  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Mon, 27 February 2012 04:09pm

    For some reason the wine stained lip never really appealed to me. It looks fine on the model but I don’t think it’s something I’d be keen to do myself.

    Oh, and I think the bleached eyebrows sort of took something away from this look.

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Mon, 27 February 2012 06:22pm

    YES! i love dark lips!! only last year i started wearing them and fell in love, looks so pretty with shimmery white eyshadow..
    and like coconal, im not a fan of the blached eyebrows lol

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 27 February 2012 06:51pm

    envy green, satiny… love it

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Tue, 28 February 2012 11:24am

    The dark red lips look a bit gothic to me. I think the coral lip colour on the original Rosetti portrait is much prettier.

  • Posted by: Me // Fri, 13 April 2012 04:18pm

    I have sooo many berry, purple-ish, plummy lipsticks because my husband and family thinks they look good on me. So glad this is in now! And it’s so minimal! Heavy ornamented lips and nearly bare eyes!
    I wanna recommend Mac Fluid for a sheer version that wears well throughout the day, and garners lots of compliments, and suits most people. Also dior 880 serum de rouge. Fab formula and very pigmented. Lastly, rouge dior daisy plum—Soooooo beautiful and long lasting!!!

    Revlon does one called Black Cherry which is super popular but i haven’t tried it-YET- highly rec’d by makeupalley & bloggers, though!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 25 October 2014 08:11pm

    This is such a sultry look with thanks to the shade of lipstick. The outfit is a knock out also.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Thu, 14 April 2016 12:16am

    Loving that green velvet dress! Love how it’s paired with a dark red lip

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