August 22 2014

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Bejeweled Lips, 3-D Cat-Eyes, And Pixie Cuts For All Backstage At Dior Couture


Last season, Pat McGrath revealed a little-known fact about newly named Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons: The king of minimalism’s girl “loves makeup.” For Spring, that affinity resulted in hand-beaded eyelids that had been treated with colored cream pigments in elongated shapes—a form of adornment Simons apparently liked so much, he ordered it up again for couture yesterday in Paris, this time leaving the lips to do the talking.

Lining models’ mouths with a palette of lip pencils in fuchsia and red, McGrath slicked on Dior Addict Gloss in Diablotine #643 and Princess #553 to serve as a veritable glue for the application of individual Swarovski crystals, which were placed—one by one—in painstaking succession. Brows were groomed, often bleached, and filled back in with a tawny tone, while lids were given a soft, pastel gray contour through the crease courtesy of Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Grège #726 as well as the added drama of a black cat-eye. The simplicity of Guido Palau’s gelled-down pixie-cut wigs—an homage, apparently, to one of Monsieur Dior’s favorite in-house models and Audrey Hepburn, whom Simons mentioned as an inspiration for the show—prevented the glitz from becoming too costumey, something we never thought we’d say about pout bedazzling. But all bets are off when McGrath and Palau join forces.

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