This feels like a pivotal beauty moment for Dior, a sweet spot in which the beauty and fashion messages are perfectly aligned. With his first make-up collection, ‘Cosmopolite’ for Dior, Peter Philips has brought his finesse with colour and finish to meet Raf Simons’ gently retro-futuristic vision, (more…)
Much as I love my safe no make-up make-up, I can’t help feeling we’re about to transition into a more experimental and expressive time for beauty. As with fashion, I feel like we’ve overdone the classic minimalism and now we want some exciting colour and decoration to go with our proverbial white shirts and black cigarette pants. (more…)
The Chanel and Dior AW14 couture collections were so different from each other although they both referenced the past to inform the future. The other thing they had in common was youthful hair and makeup. Chanel’s wayward ‘eighties boy band’ hairpieces (above and below) stole my attention from the clothes, giving the outfits an energetic attitude alongside equally youth-centric Sharpie-pen eyeliner flicks. (Full disclosure: I had a major backcombing habit in my teens.) (more…)
This Chanel Les Beiges sample has been sitting in its box for weeks because I was too scared to use it. I’ve never used bronzers because I don’t know where to position them, but I finally couldn’t resist this sand-hued compact (a first for Chanel) and went for the plunge.
Verdict: Peter Philips has triumphed again with this elegant Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (with SPF15) which has barely perceptible golden specks that very subtly catch the light (I used shade 30). I’ve found the best way to use this is to be confident with the brush; swish it in a swooping figure-of-three type action along the side of the face from brow to chin, then a bit over the forehead and nose. The results are so impressive – a natural, outdoorsy ‘wellness’ effect.
I think this is going to be my hero product for the summer although the only downside is it’s quite heavily scented so that’s something to get used to. It’s selling fast but Selfridges currently has all the shades.