Here's what happened when I tried Dior's catwalk beauty

Just how wearable is one of the catwalk's boldest beauty looks?
Here's what happened when I tried Dior's catwalk beauty

Since the fashion weeks have come to a close for another season, our feeds have been sorely lacking the innovative hair and beauty inspo that was being siphoned to us from the pros backstage. But fear not, dear reader - we've got you. And as lovers of all things backstage beauty, we asked masters of it - Dior - to bring you an insider exclusive of the goings-on backstage at their SS19 show.

You know the one. Dancers and models alike exhibiting the Spring Summer 2019 collection in a performance like none other, choreographed by artist Sharon Eyal, and with a beauty look that certainly stood out from the crowd. Created by Creative and Image Director for Dior make-up, Peter Philips, a natural make-up look was the go-to, with heavy emphasis on the eyes and hair kept back off of the face. He says “The aesthetic choice of the show prompted me to create a pure, natural make-up look, where emphasis was placed only on the eyes.  For a few of the models, I also took inspiration from Sharon Eyal’s own unusual eye make-up.”

A beauty look that is pretty out there... so much so, that I even wanted to test the look myself.

I'm always inspired by Peter Philips and his looks for the Dior shows. From the material pieces of pastel eyeliner for Dior’s SS15 runway, to the golden freckles for the 2017 Haute Couture show, he always pushes beyond the ordinary confines of beauty.

To recreate the beauty look, I applied my foundation and concealer, and then powdered to set my base. For my eyebrows, I combed them with a small amount of clear brow gel, keeping them natural, as Peter did with the dancers and models. I then applied black eyeliner to my lower-lash waterline, before adding a small amount of gloss to my lips. Then the fun bit came! I created the extra eye look by using my finger to smudge black eyeshadow across my temples, whilst attempting to keep some shape to it. It was fairly simple to apply the eyeshadow, I just had to go over the lines a couple of time in order to build up the colour, and to make sure that the lines and shapes were right.

Whilst this graphic eye look was amazing on the catwalk, I’m not sure it’s going to be my new every day vibe - the looks I’d receive at the shops would be too much, I fear. I liked this look for the fun of creating it, but unfortunately I am not a dancer, nor am I as bold as Sharon Eyal. *Sigh*

Check out the Dior Make-up Backstage video, below, to see how the pros work their magic, and see underneath for a breakdown of the full make-up look!

For a natural base, Peter Philips created a pure base using Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer and building Diorskin Backstage Face & Body Foundation and Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer on top. The skin was finished with a dusting of Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder.

For the first eye look, Philips lined the lower lash waterline using Diorshow Khôl in Black, which ran over a bit in places.  “This intentionally blurry, imperfect line creates an impression of make-up that has been lived in” – much like a dancers make-up!
The second eye look was inspired by Sharon Eyal’s own make-up, and described by Philips as “a design drawn on the temples using broad strokes – this decorative ‘choreography’ of the face is like a creative gesture.”  For this look, he used Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Black and Anthracite.

The lips were also kept natural, so as not to distract attention from the eye make-up.  Philips quotes “Lips looked natural and were prepped with Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub then heightened with Dior Addict Lip Maximizer for a touch of discreet shine.”

Follow @diormakeup and @peterphilipsmakeup on Instagram to see more cool beauty tricks.

Photos: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums, supplied, and Instagram @peterphilipsmakeup

Video: Dior Make-up by Hugo Jozwicki