BEAUTY INSIDER: TIME TO SHINE!
FROM WORKING WITH CELEBRITIES TO HANDLING BACKSTAGE CHAOS AND A DEMANDING #SETLIFE, THE DIOR PRO TEAM HAS SEEN AND GONE THROUGH IT ALL. SARAH HANI JAMIL TALKS TO TWO OF ITS ARTISTS ON HOW THEY HUSTLE THROUGH HURDLES, ALONG WITH SOME SEASONAL MAKEUP TIPS.
Get to know Galvin Lim and Junior Cedaño from the Dior Pro Team, who share their quick party makeup looks with us.
FEMALE: We know how hectic it can get when you’re doing makeup backstage at a fashion show. How do you manage to stay calm and composed all the time? Junior: “Being backstage is an amazing feeling. It’s very chaotic – there are many people and we don’t get to use a lot of products, just a few key items to create runway-worthy results. At Fashion Week, there are about 15 of us from the Pro Team including Peter Philips, so it’s really important to have the same direction as the fashion designer. Two weeks before a show, we’ll meet to discuss the concept and talk about the real woman. She wants to be more confident and feminine at the same time while breaking all borders.”
F: Christmas is just around the corner and that means it’s time to bust out the shimmer. However, glitter is really hard to wear cos it goes all over the place. Any tips?
J: “I think that people generally like to glow during this time of the year. For me, glitter is something you’d wear to the disco or on special occasions but in real life, you can get the same sparkly effect with highlighters. I really love the Backstage Glow Palette cos you can get a sophisticated finish. Apply a little swipe on top of the cheeks, the nose bridge, under the eyebrows and even the Cupid’s bow. Don’t worry about looking greasy as the result looks totally different.”
F: What’s hot for the lips this season?
J: “I really enjoy seeing two different effects in the same area like an ombré lip. I also love a strong and graphic lip structure, which you can achieve with just a single block of colour. My go-to item would be a crayon lip liner as you can use it to design and correct at the same time.”
F: Many brands are coming up with matte foundation. What’s your take on this?
J: “It’s not a trend per se. You can apply one or the other; it just depends on the season and country that you’re in. In Malaysia, the weather is warm and humid and the skin in this part of the world is oily, so matte is really good for tackling this issue. A full matte face is definitely not for everybody. Most young people can do matte skin because of their youthful complexion, so age is a factor.”
F: With the internet being what it is today, the definition of wearing makeup has changed. Is this a good or bad thing? Galvin: “Well, I can see that there are many colourful Instagram makeup trends out there and how people are influenced by it. I personally think that there’s no limit to makeup creativity; it’s all about how you create a look. That’s also the idea behind the Dior Backstage collection – our goal is to make it simple and quick for the everyday customer to create outstanding makeup looks.”
F: What are you favourite products from the Backstage collection?
G: “The Lip Palette whereby the first row is glossy, the second row is creamy and the last row is matte. You can mix and match a lot of ways to get your desired finish. Lips are a very prominent feature of the face; choose the right colour and you’ll be able to transform the way you look and the attitude you want to exude. The colours in the palette are natural but not boring. There’s nude pink and beige for an understated look. If you want to go bolder, mix a hint of purple with the lighter colours.
My second pick is the Contour Palette. It’s perfect for the Asian woman to add structure to her face. It has very pigmented, natural colours too so if you forget to bring your eyeshadow, you can use this on your eyelids. My third pick is the Lip Maximizer, which is an emergency lip treatment. It’s a quick rescue for any lip problems such as dryness and flakiness, and a good prep product before putting lip colour on.”
F: What’s an easy party look we can can create in under 10 minutes?
G: “When you hear party makeup, you immediately think of glitter. And for me, everyone wears glitter. Why don’t you minimise it by focusing on smaller areas of your face such as a glittery eyeliner on top of your lash lines only? Additionally, a matte complexion is an ideal base to enhance glitter, should you decide to wear it.”
MEET THE ARTIST: JUNIOR CEDEÑOIt’s really not hard to love Junior at first meet – he’s warm, lively and super easy to talk to, which I find is an important quality to have as a makeup artist as you’re constantly meeting new people. Hailing from Spain, Junior is a key member of the Dior Pro Team who is involved in all of the brand’s international presentations. His creativity has inspired some of the biggest fashion and beauty campaigns to date.
MEET THE ARTIST: GALVIN LIMBased in Shanghai as Dior’s Senior Makeup Training Manager in China, Galvin’s East-meets-West work approach has made him one of the most interesting makeup minds to work with. His creative work is often seen in international magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE.