When fashion and beauty mix, there’s always something fab that comes out of it. Fashion duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared² have teamed up with MAC Cosmetics for the launch of a highly covetable new makeup collection, based on the makeup look from their Fall/Winter 2009 runway show. MAC has been providing makeup and artistry support for the DSquared² womenswear shows since their debut twelve seasons ago. “I did the makeup for DSquared²’s first women’s collection,” says Gordon Espinet, MAC’s Vice President of Makeup Artistry. This fall you will see the launch of a limited-edition makeup collection conceived by DSquared² and MAC for beautiful girls with an edge. The M·A·C DSquared² Collection features the products used to create the looks from the runway show. “It’s kind of ‘rock-on’ makeup, but it’s effortless and not overly done or perfect,” says Dean Caten.
The DSquared² Fall/Winter 2009 collection was inspired by the new breed of undone glamorous Hollywood starlets such as the Olsen twins and Lindsay Lohan, and features a magnetically dark eye that glistens and transmutes in the light. “This girl doesn’t spend hours getting ready but she looks amazing, her style is all her own,” says Dan Caten. “Young Hollywood is about that, they don’t need to impress anyone, it’s cooler than being too studied. The same goes with the makeup, it isn’t about being perfect.”
Translating this charmingly wrecked look onto the face, Gordon Espinet and the MAC Product Development team have created a range of 10 products designed to be layered together for added throttle. “This is the kind of makeup that gets better and better the more lived-in and the longer you wear it,” says Espinet. This collection brings us to the Ziegfeld Follies by way of Grey Gardens, a bit dishevelled, a little Girl Interrupted, both dramatically hip and dangerously sexy.
“After you’ve put all that black on the eye with subtle undertones of the two vibrant colours, you’re going to look like a little feathered bird or an iridescent insect,” says Dan. “So the eyes will be really dramatic.” Drama is something for which MAC is known and loved, and the DSquared² limited edition collection will appeal to those who prefer their style slightly untamed. “MAC girls like to wear a lot of makeup and they like to play,” says Espinet. “They will love DSquared² because they’re crazy and they always have a great time.”
The MAC Cosmetics x DSquared2 Colour Collection is slated to release on September 28, 2009 (North America) and October 1, 2009 (International).
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Lipstick Suggested Retail Price $14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN
- Nude rose Sheer light neutral pink (lustre)
- Blood Red Clean deep berry (lustre)
GREASEPAINT STICK Suggested Retail Price $17.50 U.S./$21.00 CDN
- V Bright blue violet
- B Bright yellow blue
- Intense black
LIP ERASE Suggested Retail Price $16.00 U.S./$19.00 CDN
Dim Similar to N37
TINTED LIP CONDITIONER SPF 15 Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Fuchsia Fix Deep pink sheen
SCULPT AND SHAPE POWDER Suggested Retail Price $21.00 U.S./$25.00 CDN
- Bone Beige/Emphasize Palest cream/Tan
- Acentuate/Sculpt Pale blushed beige/Soft taupe brown
KOHL POWER PENCIL Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Feline Rich black
BRUSH Suggested Retail Price $34.00 U.S./$41.00 CDN
165 Tapered Cheek/Highlight Provides perfect blending and application of all face products
GLOSS TEXTURE Suggested Retail Price $18.00 U.S./$22.00 CDN
Face: Skin is neutral, then given a lived-in glamour with Sculpt and Shape Powders, which are used to highlight and contour.
Eyes: The central focus of this look is the eyes, blackened and distressed with sensual shimmer. First, Kohl Power in Feline is used to draw inside the eye line, to give definition and edge. Then a Greasepaint Stick is used to create shape and density of colour. This is broken with Greasepaint Stick in V and B (V, a violet shade, is worn on the top lid and Peacock hued B on the bottom), which shoot through the black and give it the iridescence of a crow’s wing or a scarab beetle. The look is texturized with M·A·C Clear Gloss, “to bring light to hidden things,” says Dan. The eye is wickedly topped with Zoom Fast Black Lash, the blackest of black mascara.
Lips: To emphasize the magnetic pull of the eyes, lips are kept minimal yet delicious. Colour is first taken out of the lips using Lip Erase in Dim, a flesh tone balm that neutralizes lip colour, and then added back with Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 in Fuchsia Fix, a breezy, girlish pink shade to keep the look youthful and carefree.