For the Dior ’18 Cruise show, Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up, drew inspiration from the rich colours of the Californian desert to create a make-up look that was both streamlined and sunny.
He emphasised, “I wanted to use the warm, organic, and earthy tones of the desert, just like in Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings. I wanted a natural but slightly unpolished “warm glow” effect, the way you look after physical activity. I used earthy and orangey colours so the girls looked like they had spent an afternoon in the sun and the wind.”
The complexion was achieved using subtle, pictorial texture effects. As Peter Philips described it, “I first prepped the skin using Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer, and then evened out the complexion with Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation and Compact, as well as new Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer. I wanted to create a luminous, very sun-kissed look that extends from the top of the cheekbones down towards the neck. To get this soft, warm tone, I used Rouge Dior Lipstick in Ready n°642 as blush, because its slightly earthy brick shade evokes the colours of the desert. The shows are like a laboratory, and playing with the products like this is typical of what happens backstage, where you take liberties to create specific effects. To finish, a touch of Flash Luminizer Radiance Booster Pen n°002 was applied to areas that catch the light and the look is finished with a light veil of Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder.”
Eyes were also embellished with a warm earth colour. Peter Philips explained that he “applied a soft sweep of the brick shade from the 5 Couleurs palette Inflame n°767 to the centre of the eyelid. Lashes didn’t need mascara, as the soft warmth of the colour opened the eye. Eyebrows were emphasized and precisely defined with Diorshow Brow Styler Universal Brown n°001.
He described lips that were “soft and natural, just polished with Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub.” Nails were completely bare and natural. Styled by Guido Palau, hair was smooth and tied up in a loose plait.