Get the look: Dior's SS17 haute couture show in Tokyo

Seeing stars

Text: Renée Batchelor

Want that lit-from-within luminosity constantly on show on the runways? Get the inside scoop from backstage at Dior's latest show in Tokyo

When you're wearing couture makeup becomes a tricky prospect. Too much and you'll look costume-ish, too little might be a little too low-key for such fabulous frockery. Dior gets it right all the time thanks to the dab hand of Peter Philips, the creative and image director for makeup. Watch the video above to see how the Tokyo setting of the Dior Spring/Summer 2017 haute couture  re-show inspired Philips who created a luminous face with the perfect glow. He says, “I delved into the mysterious atmosphere and the play on seduction in this collection, which presents the hide/ reveal aspect of a masked ball. The sophistication of [milliner] Stephen Jones’ creations and the masks on some of the looks were also a source of inspiration for creating a poetic gaze.”

Keen on trying to recreate it for your long weekend brunch? Start with the complexion and the Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer as a base followed by the Dior Forever Perfect Cushion foundation for just the right amount of coverage. If you need some touch-ups, add a few dabs of Fix It — bonus it slips easily into even the teeniest of bags. Although it will take some practice to perfect this, applying touches of the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer on strategic areas will give you that enviable lit-from-within look that all the models seem to sport. Bring out your cheekbones with Diorblush in either 756 or 876 while keeping the eyes super simple with Diorshow Mono in 826 “Backstage”,  as well as a line of Diorshow Khôl in 529. Apply this beige along the inside of the lower lid for a barely-there neutral pop that enlivens eyes. Finally finish with super-bare lips created with just a Lip Sugar Scrub and a slick of the new Dior Addict Lacquer Stick  in 550, a soft peach-nude. Voila! Weekend perfection that doubles up as a pretty neat couture look — star embellishments optional.