High atop a picturesque cliff, the Dior Cruise 2016 show set the French Riviera ablaze. After the strong graphic eyes on the Fall 2015 runway, the Cruise show was a distinct return to laid back beauty with contemporary, summer faces and a refreshingly natural look. For once the beauty look took a backseat and stepped away from competing with designer, Raf Simons‘ bold prints and strong silhouettes. “It was more about a feeling of relaxation,” explained Creative and Image Director, Peter Philips. He created a “luminous, naturally flattering beauty look reflects the relaxed side of the collection, embodying its cool, fluid style.”

Dior Cruise 2016 Makeup hair beautyRather than opting for the obvious southern French sun-kissed beach babe look, Philips devised a makeup scheme that made models look as though they were lit from within.

COMPLEXION

Avoiding powders which would give a flat finish to the skin, Philips instead went for cream formulations that could be easily blended with fingers for a multi-dimensional effect. He worked Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation in to the skin to camouflage any imperfections, then added a light touch of Diorblush Cheek Stick in Rosewood (set to launch in Autumn 2015) on to the cheekbones as well as the chin “to frame the face.” To give skin a “translucent” quality, complexions were finished with a dusting of Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Edition, the Autumn 2015 limited edition highlighter.

EYES

Eyes were kept neutral with a range of natural shades from the Eye Reviver palette. “I used the Primer as a base across the eyelids, then I selected eye shadows depending on skin tone. Next I applied the darkest shade, which is a stronger brown, just along the lash line, but not too heavily.” Lashes were then curled and coated with a slick of black Diorshow mascara, whilst brows were emphasised with Diorshow Brow Styler and kept in place with Diorshow Brow Styler Gel, adding texture and giving brows a touch of shine.

LIPS

Dior Contour Universel 001 neutral lip liner and Lip Maximizer in Sunrise 006,” both limited editions for Summer 2015, were both used to give mouths a subtle “radiance” rather than an obvious shine.

NAILS

Nails were a mélange of three soft shades of Dior Vernis: the natural Muguet, sunny yellow Sunkissed and warm pink Sunwashed, the latter two are also limited editions for Summer 2015.

This summer, South of France chic couldn’t be simpler.

Credits: Cruise 2016, Dior show Backstage, Dior Makeup created and styled by Peter Philips, Photography: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums

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