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Dior Kicks Off Couture Fashion Week with a Silver Lining

By Klaudia Tirico / July 8, 2014

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is in full swing, but while we’re used to seeing over-the-top looks prancing down the runway, this season has been pretty wearable… so far. To our surprise, the hair and makeup looks are especially gorgeous and street-friendly. Take, for example, Dior’s simple blowout and pop of metallic on the eyes. Couture looks you can recreate with just a few products? Dior Makeup’s Creative and Image Director Peter Philips might be on to something here. 
For the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Couture show, Philips combined “a touch of history” with futuristic elements to showcase strength and fragility of a young woman. The makeup’s focal point was a silver eyeliner at the upper lash line – a striking touch of metallic made even more prominent against an overall neutral canvas. Brows were groomed, lips were buff and there was no mascara in sight.
"I was directly inspired by the spirit of this collection, which plays on the contrast between classicism and a visionary imagination,” said Philips. “This young woman had to have a pure and natural face, but also display a highly expressive ‘artificial’ element. This dichotomy is a reproduction of the runway show décor, which sees orchids springing from a futuristic setting. Continuing this theme of duality, I wanted to emphasize the strength and fragility of this young woman."
To get the look, Philips applied silver adhesive liner to the upper lash line. For the more wearable version, try Dior’s new “Silver Eyes” Eyeliner (launching in November). He kept the skin matte using Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matter Primer ($42) and added a touch of radiance with Dior Skinflash Radiance Boost Pen ($37). For the checks, he swept on DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush in My Rose ($42), while the lips got a veil of Rouge Dior Lipstick in Tromp l’Oeil ($34) under Dior Addict Lip Maximizer ($32). The beige palette also worked its way down to the nails, which were painted with Dior Vernis in Muguet ($25).