Bold colors and dazzling light bring glamour and sensuality to the Summer Shine Collection


Today we’re talking summer beauty with Dolce&Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist, Christian McCulloch in anticipation of his upcoming visit to Nordstrom Bellevue on Saturday June, 13. Christian and top Dolce&Gabbana makeup artists will be on-hand to introduce the Dolce&Gabbana Summer Shine Collection and Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection, they will be creating custom makeup applications inspired by the latest beauty trends. You may remember Christian and I had the opportunity to talk about spring beauty a few months ago, he’s worked with celebrities like Emma Stone and fashion publications like Vogue. I am really excited to share this interview with you because he’s sharing useful makeup tips that are applicable to your everyday beauty routine.

Bold colors and dazzling light bring glamour and sensuality to the Summer Shine Collection. The new shades from Dolce&Gabbana Makeup are reminiscent of the intertwining blue flowers painted on the white ceramics of Capri.

summer shine image

Blue flowers are a recurrent theme in the prints of Dolce&Gabbana’s Summer collections, paying tribute to the color that is the symbol of the ultimate Summer fragrance: the sky blue of Light Blue.

What is your favorite thing about these new collections? What makes you excited about them? 

My favorite part of the new Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection and the Summer Shine Collection are the saturated, rich and bold color options. The textures are extraordinary as well – very luxurious, hydrating, velvet textures. The softer, classic neutrals are still available in the Summer Shine Collection to create the base “canvas” of the complexion, but the most genius colors are available for the lips and eyes.


Dolce & Gabbana Liquid Nail Lacquer


Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick

Can you share two of your favorite summer makeup tips? What is important to remember when doing our makeup this summer?

I think summer makeup is about understanding your conditions i.e. indoor or outdoor, temperature, sun exposure, etc. Are you in the office or outside at a party?

Dress your skin accordingly – and always wear an SPF.

My favorite look right now is dewy, glowing summer skin and Dolce Matte Lips, which is a nice contrast in textures. The lipsticks come in amazing colors and are really practical for the summer heat as they don’t run or feather. They stay put!

Do you have any tips you can share on how to take good care of your lips so that they’re always looking healthy and hydrated?

I always carry lip balm with me, or sometimes use an oil or serum on lips to combat dryness. Before bed it’s nice to thoroughly cleanse and lotion your lips and apply a balm for overnight application. Absolutely wear SPF on your lips; drink tons of water and don’t smoke. The Dolce Matte Lipsticks are a brilliant formulation as they are conditioning, hydrating and packed with pigment.


Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipstick

What is the proper order for applying makeup when you’re getting ready in the morning?

Create the blank canvas first: Moisturizer, SPF, Foundation and Concealer  – then apply color.


Always wear an SPF – Christian McCulloch

I have 10 minutes to do my makeup, what can I do/ which products should I use that would make the most difference?

I have always been a fan of bold brows because they really frame and strengthen the face; defined brows are effective and easy to do. The Dolce&Gabbana Shaping Eyebrow Pencil is a dual sided tool with formula in one end and the defining brush in the other. Paired with Mascara – Dolce&Gabbana Passion eyes Duo Mascara to create thick, fuller lashes with perhaps a smudge of liner at the lash line creates that definition for the eyes. Finally, add a touch of bronzer and bright cheek color to create that healthy, summer glow look.


Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Color Blush


Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Color Quad


Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue – Sunset in Salina Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition)

Dolce & Gabbana Cream Eye Color


Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue – Swimming in Lipari Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition)


Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick

Be sure to visit Nordstrom Bellevue this Saturday June 13, 2015 from 11am-7pm for your chance to experience Dolce&Gabbana’s new Summer Shine Collection and Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection and meet Dolce&Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist, Christian McCulloch. Appointments with Christian are complimentary with a purchase, just call Nordstrom Bellevue (425-455-5800) to book your appointment. With purchases of $125.00 or more guests will receive a beige velvet pouch with a Mini Dolce Matte Lipstick, Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation Mini Pot, and Mini Passion eyes Duo Mascara.