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A Swoon-Worthy Ponytail Debuts at Dior


Photo: Gianni Pucci /

When you’re working a fashion palette as vibrant and shiny as Dior’s, it’s best to keep the beauty a bit neutral. “The makeup is really like a moment of peace amid the psychedelic mood,” noted Peter Philips backstage before the show. Ultimately, the creative and image director of Dior makeup decided that avoiding any reference to a specific period was the most modern way to make a statement. “Eyeliner and ’70s-inspired makeup wasn’t looking very 2015—it’s great in a fashion editorial, but the catwalk doesn’t need it,” he said.


Photo: Gianni Pucci /

Philips kept the look fresh and strong by starting with perfect skin, using foundations and invisible powders from the new Diorskin Nude Air collection. He captured a subtle ’70s vibe in the shading, riffing on David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust days with taupe shades from the Dior Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette (look for it on next month). “It subtly changes the eye, like a cloud,” he noted. Mascara was skipped in favor of a lash curler; cheekbones received just a sweep of this spring’s Kingdom of Colors Diorblush in Peach Splendor, and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer lent shine to models’ mouths. “It’s a very tender look,” Philips added. “There’s a lot that’s graphic in the clothes; I just really wanted to balance it out with something that’s quiet and kind of angelic.”


Photo: Gianni Pucci /

A big talking point backstage was the covetable hair jewelry Raf Simons and Guido Palau dreamed up for those swoon-worthy ponytails. The links—done in plastic with color or metallic finishes—connected catwalkers’ natural hair together with extensions. “There’s a classic Diorness to it, but it’s futuristic and modern,” explained Palau, Redken’s creative consultant. He prepped hair with mousse to thicken strands before pulling them back into what he described as a “sort of egg shape” at the crown. Next, he crafted a loop, attached the ring and lengthy faux tail, then glazed over top with a shot of Forceful 23 Super Strength hairspray for a clean, couture-worthy finish.


Photo: Gianni Pucci /

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