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Now Online: September 2014
While researching and studying the fall ready-to-wear shows in Milan a few months ago, we made a startling discovery. The makeup at such shows as Aquilano Rimondi, Jil Sander, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Alberta Ferretti is exactly the same look found in some of Italy’s most famous Renaissance paintings created by Raphael and da Vinci more than 600 years ago. They were often hired to paint portraits of wealthy aristocrats. In fact, the hair and makeup are so similar, a model could have walked off the runway and into one of these spectacular oil paintings. We call the look “Medici Modern,” a nod to Florence’s most famous family dynasty that ushered in the Italian Renaissance art movement. Pale, Italian earth-tone shades and a strictly neutral palette accentuate light and shade on the face. The complexion is matte and lips are nude or a very soft pink. It’s proof that the world’s top makeup artists pull inspiration from the arts throughout history.
You’ll also notice that more than a few makeup artists were reminiscing about Studio 54 when creating their fall colour collections. (Yes, Francois Nars, we’re talking about you.) That powerful smoky eye lives on, albeit with more texture and colour. And makeup companies are determined to make you love blue eye shadow again. There are some striking blue eye makeup looks to help inspire you to rethink the colour. I hope you enjoy the issue.
Dave Lackie, editor
BEAUTY the Guide magazine