Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup Launches at Saks with Pat McGrath

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Pat McGrath with models at the launch of Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup at Saks.

Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup, the brand’s first cosmetics line, launched two years ago—and with a name like Pat McGrath behind the collection (and Scarlett Johansson fronting it), we're not surprised that the beauty endeavor has been such a hit.

Famed makeup artist McGrath stopped by New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue to introduce the newest additions to the line: the Summertime collection and the Animalier collection.

First things first: Animalier, the centerpiece of which is a bronzer pressed into a compact with a (what else?) leopard-print design.

“It’s so Dolce & Gabbana,” McGrath said as she introduced the collections on two Dolce-clad models. “They love the leopard. The leopard is everything … It’s for a bold, dangerous, confident woman.”

The packaging may be half the appeal (“It’s for people who want to own a piece of Dolce & Gabbana,” she said), but McGrath insisted that the color is universally flattering and can be used on eyes, cheeks, foreheads, décolletage … “There are so many ways of working with a bronzer,” she said.

Covetable Animalier bronzer aside, there are also two fabulous new nail polish shades in the two collections (Summertime offers a bright purple-y pink, while Animalier has a fiery red), Summertime's eye-shadow quad and bright orange blush, and several shades of lipstick, including a hot orangey-red (Summertime) and a darker, vampier rouge (Animalier)—both of which, McGrath said, can be worn regardless of skin tone.

“When we do a bold lip for a show, we’ll use the same red on every girl—and it looks good on every girl,” she said, noting that skin-tone matching is more important when using muted shades.

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Dolce & Gabbana's Intense Nail Lacquer in Passione, Animalier Bronzer, and Nail Varnish in Red.

Bold lips are a perpetual beauty favorite when it comes to catwalks (for spring, both neons and dark wine-stained colors are trends), but McGrath also touched upon a more unexpected makeup trend from the Fall 2011 runways: spidery, over-mascaraed lashes, which she said you can achieve by coating the lashes once, then back-combing them to get the slightly clumpy effect.

“I love a bit of a Tammy Faye/spider thing!” she said with a laugh.

Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.