Watch now: Try the ultra-wearable eye looks from Dior's Couture fall 2016 show
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When it comes to makeup trends, adaptation is key. Making a look work for your eye shape or skin tone is the difference between a cheap carbon copy and clever inspiration. Reflecting the intricate customisation of haute couture, Dior's Peter Philips used graphic eyeliner in a hyper-modern way, adapting it each model. The tools needed? Precise liners: Diorshow Pro-liner in Pro Black and Diorshow Artpen Catwalk in Black. Says Philips, "I wanted to create, for more than forty looks, a free variation on eyeliner. It was a challenge to customise the look each time in an unusual and audacious way, creating makeup that was made-to-measure, just like haute couture is. Whether exaggerated, underlined, framed or ringed, the eyes were the dominant feature. Eyeliner was drawn on in a confirmed and sophisticated graphic style."
Some of the models also sported gold eyeliner to bring out gold touches found in the couture gowns. Philips explained "[I] envisaged these looks as punctuation, using Dior Addict Fluid Shadow in Phenix, applied with a brush in broad gold colour-blocking, to obtain a dramatic, gold, textured effect." Another important step? Grooming the brows so they looked elegant and frame the graphic eye well. The complexion and lips meanwhile were kept minimal to avoid veering into OTT territory. Philips created a "fresh, natural complexion using Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer then Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation, which adds lots of light to the face. As a finishing touch, Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder was swept over the face, followed by a gentle touch of DiorBlush Edition Splendor in 671 on the cheeks." The lips were left nearly bare. "The lips looked completely natural. A dab of Fix It neutralised the lip colour, then I applied a blend of Lip Glow Pomade and Lip Glow Pink for discreet colour and soft shine.
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