By  on September 24, 2007

Giorgio Armani faithfully spends his summer vacation on Pantelleria, an island off the coast of Sicily, so it’s no surprise next summer’s Armani woman was inspired by the women there.

“He really wanted the look to be the Peter Lindbergh version of a sexy, sultry Sicilian woman — playing with light and shadow on the face,” said head makeup artist Aaron De Mey. The woman Armani had in mind had heavy eyebrows, a glossy mouth and tanned, golden skin. “It’s like she has a face full of makeup and she’s fallen asleep in the sun,” added De Mey.

Most of De Mey’s handiwork went into creating the eye — he used five shades to get the glossy, smoldering look. De Mey started out with a new sheer black Giorgio Armani lipstick, which he patted on the eyelid as a base, then he layered Giorgio Armani eye shadows in taupe and khaki bronze over the eye socket, which he extended to the outer corner, and slicked everything with a daub of Giorgio Armani metallic burgundy lipstick number 56. A dab of metallic silver powder was placed on the eye’s inner corner; then the look was finished with black eyeliner and plenty of black mascara. The same metallic burgundy lipstick was used by De Mey to shade the models’ cheekbones and stain the lips; the lips were also slicked with a clear gloss on top.

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