Everything Is Illuminated
One of the things that amazes us when we cross paths with face painter and Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux backstage is how he always takes the time to treat models’ skin before breaking out the foundation and powder. To properly achieve the “casual, sophisticated, feminine, and minimal” look he was after at Derek Lam “without being boring,” a dewy, perfect complexion was key. So Pecheux busied himself giving catwalkers mini massages with Estée Lauder’s DayWear moisturizer and a new serum called Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. It should be noted that we spotted the contents of the aqua blue bottle long before we settled into a conversation with Pecheux. One of his publicists was looking particularly radiant for our 9 a.m. call time, and when we remarked on her skin’s impressive brightness, she extolled the virtues of the oil-free, antioxidant-rich elixir that imparts a glow while serving to reduce redness and pigmentation marks for a uniform finish. “It launches in June,” she told us—which seemed like eons from that cold February day, yet here we are, five months later, enjoying 80-degree weather and a serious skincare boost.