Occasionally I wonder if I have some Italian blood in me, due in part to alarmingly strong cravings for truffle pasta, my adoration for the Amalfi Coast, and the fact that I consider Monica Bellucci the epitome of timeless beauty. Ms. Belluci has been a longtime muse of the ultimate Italian label, Dolce & Gabbana, and a recent collaboration between the two has resulted in the True Monica Collection. “We are constantly inspired by Monica Bellucci, to us she will always be the original Dolce & Gabbana woman; naturally, timelessly beautiful with an unwavering strength of character on the inside,” say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. As a screen icon and model, Monica Belluci has had every conceivable look done, and has created this perfectly curated palette to bear her name as her signature style. The shade collection consists of a sexy color palette for a head-to-toe makeover including shades for the eyes, lips, and nails. Creating a gorgeous face is an art form, starting with a dramatic smokey eye paired perfectly with a voluptuous kiss-ready lip. The passion exuding from the rich colors is powerful–use with caution!
The look is Monica’s beauty signature, a make-up message of pure Italian femininity. Sensual, carnal full lips in nude tones and expressive smoky eyes create an intensely enigmatic face. The Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Smoky 105 is an expertly formulated set and contains four shades for layering. Ranging from matte to metallic, the shades include a light blush, taupe, rich brown, and shimmering dark gunmetal and create a very deep and complex eye. I found it easy to use different combinations of the colors depending on the occasion or time of day. The eye quad is perfectly matched and puncuated with the Intense Khol Eye Crayon in Graphite 6. The pencil glides on smoothly and instantly adds definition to the eyes, making them pop. Voluptuous Lipstick in Gentle Monica 70 is my absolute favorite, and I always get compliments when I’m wearing it. It’s the perfect hue that is rosy standout, creating a full lip without the in-your-face bright color. Finally, but perhaps the best surprise in the lot is the Intense Nail Lacquer in Petal. Not only is the color feminine and flirty with a mature edge, but it actually lasts! I’m used to chipping and attrition within 4-5 days especially when I wear pumps or flats, but the quality of the polish is worth its weight in gold. As Monica Bellucci once said, “Being Italian means to live everyday as if it was the last one, enjoy it and make it beautiful. Indeed, everyone can feel Italian.” And really, can you argue with that?