How Eyeliner Became Art at the Dior Spring/Summer 2019 Show

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Dior Beauty PFW SS19
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It’s safe to say that Dior’s Spring/Summer 2019 show was full of surprises. First, there were the bodysuit-clad dancers that moved amongst the models, then a live orchestra that provided the dreamy soundtrack, and finally the rain of white petals fluttering down from the ceiling. Also deserving of a spot on that list is the beauty look that was created by Peter Philips, Dior Makeup’s Creative & Image Director. For this show, he dreamt up not one but two eye makeup looks, proving that a little black liner can go a long way.

“For this collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri asked artist Sharon Eyal to choreograph the runway show, and have the dancers from her company participate. This aesthetic choice prompted me to create a pure, natural makeup look, where emphasis was placed only on the eyes. And for a few of the models, I also took inspiration from Sharon Eyal’s unusual eye makeup,” Philips revealed. Discover how to get the gorgeous look yourself with these exclusive behind-the-scenes images and makeup tips from the man himself.

Skin

“Complexions looked pure and natural,” explained Philips, who prepped skin with the ‘Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer’ before using the ‘Diorskin Backstage Face & Body Foundation’ and ‘Diorskin Undercover Concealer’ to create a flawless canvas. He then added a matte finish using a dusting of the ‘Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder’.

Dior PFW SS19 Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty

Eyes

Both of Philips’ looks for the show focused on the eyes. For the first look, he used the black ‘Diorshow Khôl’ along the waterline of the lower lashes, allowing it to run over in some places. “This intentionally blurry, imperfect line created an impression of makeup that has been lived in,” he explained. He then added subtle definition to brows using the ‘Diorshow Brow Styler’ and ‘Diorshow Bold Brow’.

The second look was inspired by Sharon Eyal’s own makeup and saw Philips create a design using broad strokes of both the black and anthracite shades of the ‘Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof’ liner. “This decorative [choreography] of the face is a creative gesture.”

Dior PFW SS19 Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty

Lips

Last but not least came the beautifully plump pouts. “Lips looked natural and were prepped with the ‘Lip Sugar Scrub’, then heightened with the ‘Lip Maximizer’ for a touch of very discreet shine,” said Philips.

Dior PFW SS19 Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty
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