It’s a great job – it’s something that comes instinctively for me to be part of every aspect of Dior beauty. Developing products, creating looks for campaigns, for the runway, to work with Raf Simons and the lab ... It’s very interesting and exciting to be part of the whole process. I have known Raf for over 20 years. I knew him even before he did menswear, before I did make-up. I did all the campaigns and shows with him so it’s a very good working relationship. It’s a lot of trust. We both know when to push further, and when to hold back.
The Dior woman is not afraid of colour; that’s really the strength of Dior. It’s kind of a new angle for me. It’s a layered beauty – it goes from nude, very fresh beauty, and it blossoms like a flower. You can build it up, add more colour and texture. She’s fresh and natural, but she can also carry very extreme beauty ideas. It’s an opportunity for me to develop collections that appeal to women who are not afraid of colours.
I don’t believe in dictating when it comes to creating. Make-up is really, at the end of the day, a game of seduction. The way I create products, I always keep in mind that it has to be something women can wear. That is the challenge for me – to make it accessible and seduce women to use it, and make the link between beauty and fashion.
FROM PRET TO HAUTE
When I create, I put it in the context of a Dior show, so that it showcases the products. If you look at the girls in the Spring/Summer ’15 show, you don’t see the petal eyes immediately – if you look the second time, that’s when you see it. We now have a palette with colours like that. It’s a very subtle element of surprise, which is the idea behind the look. For Dior Pre-Fall ’15 show held in Tokyo, it was a more extreme look, but it was s for me to show the eyeliner. As for the Haute Couture show, it was very fresh, a look that had a professional approach to it, using Nude Air.
Start with good skin – you can make believe you have this with a great foundation. That’s essential. There are different types: for girls with good skin you just need a lightweight formula to give the impression of a perfect complexion. I always make sure I find the right product for the right girl, and that’s the key element to every woman’s routine, to find the best foundation so she can assimilate and create this luminosity.
In Autumn, I am inspired by the Dior woman. She is hyper-feminine, multi-faceted, and not afraid of make-up. It’s a combination of beautiful, rich shades – one a bit warmer, another colder – so it gives choice. At the same time bold and discreet, for Dior it is kind of new. There are also very pretty shades; it is very much in sync with Raf’s vision of Dior. And finally, a backstage product I have been using. It’s called the Fix-It, which is multi-functional and a really good essential to have.
Dior Haute Couture Spring/ Summer ’15
Dior Lip Maximizer
in Fresh Pink, RM103 Dior Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation SPF 25, RM191 Dior Eye Reviver Backstage Pros palette, RM239
Philips backstage at Dior Haute Couture Spring/ Summer ’15
Dior Skin Flash, RM141