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Video: Pat McGrath Backstage at Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2013

Look I have to be honest – I’ve not been very excited by the hair and makeup trends coming down the runways during this last season – and since the shows are now in their final week in Paris, there aren’t that many chances for my socks to be rocked off by some amazing inspiring new looks. It’s all a bit ‘Meh’ so far. The notable exceptions for me have been:

  • the punk eye at Versace (thanks Pat McGrath)
  • the 40’s sepia eye at Rochas (Lucia Pieroni referencing Lee Miller, be still my beating heart)
  • Gucci Westman’s work at ODLR and Antonio Berardi – that lush red mouth, yes please!
  • Diane Kendal made last season’s navy eye feel even fresher thanks to glitter and super bright pigment at Thakoon and Jason Wu, respectively.
  • Dolce and Gabbana’s show, with makeup by Pat McGrath that was inspired by Sophia Loren and Byzantine art. This translated as rich wine lips, a heavy flick of cat eyeliner and beautiful, matte skin – which I think is the main takeaway from the shows. Ladies, get your powder puffs ready – it’s going to be a matte-tastic year.

Here’s Pat McGrath in action at the Dolce show, talking through the look:

Video: Trends by Kay Montano for

Love this trends video by Kay Montano which basically gives you a heads up on what you’ll be wanting to wear on your face for next season.

And just FYI, I’m off on holidays tomorrow (only for a week) so regular MM service will resume when I’m back. I now force myself to take a total break from the internet when I’m away and even though the first couple of days are like going cold turkey off drugs, I find it really refreshes me. You all have permission to shout at me on Twitter and Facebook if I cave in! See you in a week…

Video: Kay Montano for Because London – Peony Lim Dares to go Bare

Seeing as I’m half-dead with jetlag (does getting up to look after a child at 1.30am qualify as jetlag? I think it does) and I have a suitcase full of yummy new goodies to unpack, normal MM blogging will resume next week. But in the meantime, having been dazzled last week all over again with international makeup artist Kay Montano’s brilliance, here’s her latest lovely fresh face tutorial perfect for those beautiful summer days that are just around the corner in the Northern hemisphere. For those of us awaiting winter Down Under it’s a great way to eke a few more days out of that fading tan. Enjoy.


Video: Kay Montano’s Icons – Diana Ross

Kay Montano is working her makeup magic again, this time a beautiful take on 70’s disco glamour. So beautiful!


Video: Kay Montano’s Icons – France Gall

Kay Montano loves an Icon – and really, who doesn’t? Beautiful 60’s chanteuse France Gall is her inspiration this week with a black liner that puts the Eye in Icon. Enjoy.


Video: Kay Montano’s RuleBreakers for Because London – Glitter is Just for Kids

Über makeup artist Kay Montano shows us how it’s done in her gorgeous new tutorial for Because London, in a video with more than a nod to Josephine Baker. Love the model, love the modern take on metallics, and yes I WILL be most definitely needing those new Armani Eyes to Kill shadows, thank you very much.


Video: Kay Montano – Rulebreakers: Dark is Not for Day

This week, Kay Montano shows us how to wear the deepest, darkest, sexiest eye – for day.

Video: Kay Montano Rule Breakers for Because London

Woo-hoo! Celebrate good times, come on dah dah dah dah dah dah – OK so Kool & the Gang is not quite the same when you write it down, but you get the gist. Mega London makeup artist, Kay Montano is doing more fabulous how-to videos for Because London. This one is a homage to Debbie Harry and a time when glamour met punk met disco met – well let’s just say some rules were meant to be broken!


Video – Pat McGrath Does Major Lashes!

So it appears that uber-makeup artist Pat McGrath is an avid Makeup Mole reader! Not really (or if she is I don’t know about it), but great minds do think alike – look who posted a How-to Video on Maximal Lashes! Watch Pat recreate her now infamous major lashes, called “Spider Lashes” which I really like the sound of. What this lady doesn’t know about makeup, isn’t worth knowing. Watch, and learn.