On Tuesday, Dior held its Spring 2021 show at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris on the first day of Paris Fashion Week – and like everything the luxury French fashion house produces, it was a visual spectacle. A black performance space was punctuated by stained glass, and models walked the runway to the sound of a live choir. As for clothes? The 86-piece collection was chock-full of gorgeous, wearable pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in a (very luxurious) home wardrobe work, and the Dior Spring 2021 beauty look was just right for Zoom as well.
Speaking of beauty, Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, said the show’s setting was his inspiration for the look. “Eye makeup is a bit like part of a stained glass collage. You take the eye and frame it, ”he explained, adding that“ the strong dark eye makeup matches the black box and the light comes from the eyes ”.
The look can be distilled into three parts – “gorgeous skin, strong eyes and full lips,” says Philips. For the first, he used the Dior Backstage Face & Body foundation “for a beautiful natural finish, luminous, but not pearly” and very little powder, only applying “when we needed to mattify around the nose. or from the front ”. From there, the eyes stole the show. The thick rimmed liner was achieved using the new Diorshow 24hr Stylo which Philips claims can be used both “as an eyeliner and as a kohl liner”. He notes that the pencil can be used to create a softer look, but for the show, Philips went for “a keen eye with soft edges”. A hit of Dior Addict Lip Maximizer has been added for a plumping effect, and in Philips’ words, “Voila, that’s it.”
Given our new face mask-wearing reality, Philips also shared some tips for perfecting your makeup, advising that your approach be ‘right’ and adding that now is the time to ‘experience the magic of eye makeup’. He suggests focusing “on the eyelid and eyebrows” and “not putting too much under the eye because when your mask [slides up your face] it can stain your makeup.
Regarding the rest of the face, Philips says, “If you manage to take your mask off at some point, I would suggest a stain on the lips, something that can withstand smudging or a long-lasting lipstick” and you suggests wearing compact foundation or powder “so you can easily touch up your face when you take off the mask.” If you prefer a bit of contouring and highlighting, Philips suggests incorporating these steps into your foundation, as “it’s easier to repair when you take off your mask while it’s in your foundation”. The primer is also the key. “Moisturize first, then add a little film of primer, then apply your foundation – it will change the world for you,” notes Philips, who ends by saying, “Change the focus and adopt beautiful makeup for eyes – who knows, you might just discover a new woman in you.