You’d be very wrong to think Haute Couture is all about the clothes. It’s a time when makeup artists come into their own. Where their creativity is often allowed to flourish. Peter Philips at Dior Haute Couture was one such artist. As the image director for Dior makeup, he took Maria Grazia Chiuri’s surrealist inspirations and worked them into a statement look. “Surrealism is also a really important artistic movement for me. This aesthetic revolution made its mark, and it still resonates today. Salvador Dali and Man Ray, as well as the German photographer Grete Stern are all references for me, and I particularly appreciate their provocative vision,” said Philips.
Focusing on the eyes, Philips created a beauty look that focused on over exaggerated eyelashes. Using Dior’s new Mattle Black Diorshow On Stage Liner, the eyes were framed with long and defined lashes that were drawn on the upper and lower eyelids. Diorshow Khol Beige was then applied to the lower waterline to make the eyes pop. Eyebrows were then defined and the complexion kept natural and luminous with Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation. With just a hint of pink, Philips finished the face with a sweep of Lip Glow in Pink or Matte Pink.
Drawing on the concept of artistic freedom, Philips used quotes from Chiuri to create temporary tattoos. Drawn across the model’s necks, ears and fingers, the words in French, included “Liberté”, “L’Art”, “Contradiction” and “Nous Sommes Tous Surréalistes” (We are all Surrealists). To finish the look Guido Palau looked to a classic ponytail with a side parting, that allowed the masks created by artist Stephen Jones to sit perfectly on the model’s heads.
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