Dolce & Gabbana is no stranger to unconventional lipstick colors—just look to its Sicilian Jewels holiday collection that caught the eye of every beauty editor with its emerald, ruby, amethyst, and gold bullets. The label’s latest launch, Summer Shine (available for preorder today), features your standard apricot-colored blush, highlighter, and tubes of sheer nude and red lipstick to seamlessly take your look from sunbathing on the banks of the Mediterranean to soaking in the sunset during an alfresco dinner. (For those of us not living the Dolce & Gabbana dream, the line works equally well for transitioning your makeup from desk to rooftop drinks.)
The real standout in the range, however, is an icy blue bullet inspired by the brand’s iconic fragrance: Light Blue. Two limited-edition bottles—Swimming in Lipari (a blend of sea salt, mandarin, rosemary, and musk) and Sunset in Salina (a perfume comprised of violet leaves, orange flower, jasmine, and amber)—were designed to capture the essence of the Aeolian Islands. The same can be said for the nail lacquer in Light Blue (reminiscent of the aquamarine waters surrounding the archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea) and the Summer Hue shadow duo featuring matte mauve and shimmery azure pigments that mimic the sun-drenched landscape and cloudless skies. As for how to wear the pastel shade across your pout, makeup artist Tom Pecheux suggests applying this full-on-but-not-frosty formula with a brush. “This allows you to achieve a precise application and it helps keep the lipstick in place,” he explained. “It’s also much easier to blend, so you can create a softer look, too.” Only want to dip a toe into the trendy hue? The pro suggests layering it under an orange or gold lipstick. Then, contrast your cool-toned lip with a “warm glow” by mixing an illuminator (such as the brand’s new powder in Luna) with bronzer before applying to the entire face with a powder brush.
Just don’t expect the Italian powerhouse to break away from its signature combo of red lips and winged liner on the runway anytime soon. We like to think of this blue lipstick as more of summer fling rather than a year-round staple.