Backstage at Christian Dior’s fall 2017 couture show today, lead makeup artist Peter Philips was tasked with making the models look how you might feel after a long-haul flight–”kind of weathered,” he explained, citing Amelia Earhart and women going into Inca temples as inspiration. In keeping with designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s world-traveling vision, hair stylist Guido Palau completed the look with loose, irregular waves raked back into low ponytails. “It should feel like easy and cinematic, almost like they’re caught in a moment—not perfect,” he explained.
The finished product? Clean skin, bushy eyebrows, and easy texture you’ll want to replicate IRL. Here, five beauty tips we picked up backstage.
1. Fight the urge to over-fill eyebrows.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but Philips created bushy, masculine-looking brows by leaving some transparency. For natural-looking fullness, he sketched in hairs starting a few millimeters back from the brow’s beginning, before brushing arches in a zig-zag motion with tinted gel. Completely opaque brows take on that fake look, fast.
2. Skip pressed powder.
For not-too-matte, not-too-dewey world-traveller skin, Philips applied a touch of Diorskin Forever foundation and new Forever Undercover concealer. And that’s it.
3. Highlight your eyelids.
Philips tapped lids with light reflective Metalizer Creme Shadow to create a very subtle sheen, not a glitzy or gaudy finish.
4. Use two different curling irons.
The key to loose, bendy, believable beach waves? Variety. Palau employed two different sized curling irons to “kink” hair rather than wrap it around the barrel in overly perfect spirals.
5. Tea-bag your under-eyes.
When one of the models showed up with a stye, Philips prepared a chamomile tea treatment to calm things down. “It’s really warm but not burning hot, and once you put it on the eye it becomes really cold. It’s a good trick to get rid of bags and reduce swelling.”