Paris might be the current home of French-girl cool, but it’s hot spots like Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice that have long been destinations for bombshell beauty à la française. “It’s a legend that started with Brigitte Bardot,” said makeup artistPeter Philips backstage at Christian Dior’s resort show. “She came to the Côte d’Azur because it was the only place where she could be herself.”
Views of the French Riviera from the runway inside Pierre Cardin’s iconic bubble house today were awe-inspiring to say the least. And it’s no wonder that Philips mined the mythology of that storied landscape to complement Raf Simons’s curvilinear collection. With skin that was touched with little more than the first blush of summer, the models had a luminous glow.
That barely-there effect was achieved with Dior’s Star Fluid foundation as a base and a light dusting of Skinflash highlighter along the temples, nose, and cheeks. The natural flush was amped up with a rosy pink cream blush and minimal eye makeup: a single stroke of liner along the bottom lid and a coat of Diorshow mascara applied solely at the root. Afterward, he followed with a swipe of the company’s clear brow gel along the entire lash. “It’s like putting conditioner in your hair,” said Philips of the trompe l’oeil effect. “It enhances the lashes without making them shiny.” A good dose of Dior’s Lip Maximizer in the newest shade of sunkissed was painted on to lips and then blotted just moments before the models took to the runway—the resulting pout had vacationing French movie star all over it.
As for those tousled south-of-France beach waves? The trick to getting them right, said hairstylist Guido Palau, was as simple as letting them air dry before going over them with a fine mist of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine spray. “It’s the epitome of easy, natural texture,” he said.