Dior Backstage: Bare-Faced Beauty For The Haute Couture Show

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up, takes us through the creative process behind the make-up theme for Dior’s Autumn/Winter 2017 Haute Couture show. He created a subtle, nude-look make-up that suits the liberated beauty of the woman Maria Grazia Chiuri had in mind for this collection.

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As Peter Philips explains, “This intrepid adventurer feels at home all over the world. She’s an explorer who crosses the 5 continents and shows us a beautiful, bare, slightly untamed beauty that is unaffected. She loves movement and speed, travel and discovery. She embodies the momentum of the House of Dior, which, from its beginnings 70 years ago, developed incredibly quickly on an international level.”

On The Complexion

He emphasizes that “a luminous, nude-look complexion requires a subtle combination of products and mastery of the transparent effect. To get the ‘unrefined’ and natural look, the challenge lay in creating a perfect complexion that gives the impression of having been outdoors in the fresh air.

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I got that fresh luminosity by working on the complexion, either with Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation, or with Diorskin Forever Extreme Control Compact Foundation depending on skin tone. A few dabs of Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer add light and gentle correction. And lastly for cheeks, I applied a veil of DiorBlush Contour & Light n°001 as well as a touch of Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer n°001, which adds an imperceptible sheen to the parts of the face that catch the light.”

On The Eyes

Peter Philips explains, “Barely underlined, the eyes are nevertheless worked on to create subtle nuances. The eyelid is very slightly tinted with an apricot-nude using the new Metalizer Eyes & Lips n°528 Platine Fusion. Applied imperceptibly to the lash root, Metalizer Eyes & Lips n°678 Bronze Tension quietly intensifies the eyes. The eyebrows, which are very important for this look, are styled in contrast to the purity of the complexion. I accentuated them with DiorShow Brow Styler and then set them with the new tinted gel, DiorShow Bold Brow, which gives them a bit of an untamed effect.”

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On The Lips, Nails and Hair

To maintain the overall natural theme of the look, he said, “Lips were natural, prepped with Lip Sugar Scrub and Lip Maximizer, then hydrated with Lip Glow n°001. Nails were also natural and unaffected. They were prepped with Abricot Base Coat and Abricot Gel Coat.” Styled by Guido Palau, hair had a romantic look with long soft waves pulled back into a low ponytail, tied at the nape.

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Check out the finished looks below!

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