Jewellery

How Dior’s new high jewellery collection, Dior Print created a makeup look to match

Christian Dior's latest High Jewellery collection, Dior Print, was unveiled recently in Sicily alongside a bespoke makeup look designed by the house's Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, Peter Phillips

By Kim Parker

When Dior revealed its latest high jewellery collection, Dior Print, in the picturesque Sicilian town of Taormina recently, it was a bit of a family affair. The models all sported bespoke haute couture dresses by Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, as they displayed the glittering jewels by Creative Director of Joaillerie, Victoire de Castellane. Meanwhile, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, Peter Phillips, designed a beauty look especially for the event – one that would act as a “radiant showcase” for the collection.

“I worked dedicated and precisely, with a light hand, in order to be in harmony with the refined opulence of the precious stones,” said Phillips, of the luminous yet perfectly pared-back look he created.

Rather than a smoky eye or dramatic lip, Phillips instead imagined a “pure complexion” to offset the diamonds and colourful gemstones used in each of de Castellane’s 137 joyful new creations, which were all inspired by the prints and patterns from the Dior archive.

Models’ faces were first prepped with the brand’s Prestige Micro Huile de Rose, to deliver a super-moisturised glow, before Dior Forever Foundation was applied to subtly even out skin and provide a “natural” finish.

Peter Phillips imagined a “naturally luminous” complexion to accompany Dior’s shimmering new jewels. Photo by Laura Sciacovelli

Next, eyes were softly defined with a blend of three eyeshadows, also inspired by Dior’s fashion heritage: 481 Poncho, 530 Tulle and 573 Nude Dress. “These subtly nuanced shades enabled me to obtain the perfect shade, as close as possible to each model’s skin colour,” said Phillips. To finish, lips were given a glossy sheen with Dior Rouge Satin Balms. The overall effect? A fresh and sculpted-looking complexion that allowed de Castellane’s creations to truly shine.

Dior Print represents the first time de Castellane has reworked the house’s printed patterns in gemstones, though she has previously been inspired by many of the other embellishments found in its atelier, including lace, ribbons and braiding. Its 35 “printed” sets transpose everything from checks and stripes to tie-dye and Liberty prints into precious metals and three-dimensional arrangements of multicoloured stones, including lilac sapphires, fancy vivid yellow diamonds and an extraordinary 10.27-carat ruby from Mozambique.

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