Strong brows, fresh faces and fearless ponytails were the beauty look Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up created backstage at Maria Grazia Chiuri's Cruise 2019 show in Chantilly this weekend. Inspired by the Escaramuzas of Mexico - an all-female sport formed in the '50s who fought for their right to partake in the Mexican form of rodeo traditionally reserved for men - and did so in full skirts, bright colours and big hats, might we add.
The fearlessness of the sport taps right into Maria Grazia Chiuri’s love for strong women, a running thread in all her collections since she took over as Creative Director in 2016. And the results? A beautiful combination of the finest of Latin American and European equestrian traditions all shown in Dior's stunning aesthetics of full riding skirts in densely embroidered motifs styled with crisp white shirts and black cravats.
As with every Dior show, Peter Philips married the show’s beauty and fashion collections to create a powerful, strong and fresh female offering as well as announcing Dior Beauty's new Backstage collection.
The new Dior Backstage line is inspired by make-up artists' must-have products, Peter tells us. "I created the backstage line for today's women so that they can easily achieve a really natural make-up look with a professional finish." The line is composed of 40 foundation shades, two eye palettes, two eyebrow palettes, one face-sculpting palette as well as one for highlighting and one for lips. Added to this are 14 brushes including seven for eyes and seven for foundation. With new transparent packaging made to allow make-up artists working in the hectic backstage atmosphere as well as for women on the move looking to find the right shade immediately.
For the show, models wore the range of ultra-light foundation, for a 'no-makeup' make-up look, which was applied with a brush then blended with the tips of the finger, before three shades of highlighter from the Dior Backstage Glow Palette were applied (white, pearlescent and bronze) on top of the cheekbones and just a touch on the lids. Paired with a full, strong brow created by the Dior Backstage Brow Palette, the rest of the eyes were purposely subdued to complement this strong statement.
Lashes were mascara-free and just had a fine-brush stroke of warm cacao shadow (the darkest shade in the Dior Backstage Eye Palette) to add depth. Finishing off the look were lips in a light tap of sheer beige tint from the Dior Backstage Lip Palette and hair styled in a long, horse-like ponytail created by Guido Palau.
Dior's new Backstage Collection will be available in the Middle East and France first as of 1 June and in the rest of the world in July.
Photos: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums. Cruise 2019, Dior Show Backstage. Dior make-up created and styled by Peter Philips.
Video for Diormakeup by Hugo Jozwicki