Dior’s Pearl Eye Makeup Is the Ultimate Summer Beauty Statement
Tonight, at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Maria Grazia Chiuri helped the world tune into the spirit of the upcoming Olympics and unveiled Dior’s Cruise 2022 collection. Based on the ancient surroundings, the collection has reinterpreted traditional Greek clothing with a decidedly modern, sporty lens. “Sport is exercise, sport is freedom,” Chiuri told Vogue before the show. The show’s ornate beauty look reflected the mix of classic and modern between the sheer, draped white dresses and the flashy printed activewear sets and sneakers hung on pearls – and many of them.
“If you’re not careful, it’s easy to take a vacation on the ice,” laughed makeup artist Peter Philips about working with the pearl face stickers. He used them to adorn the eyes in various ornate variations, from “simple and classic” with delicate pearl drops at the inner corners of the eyes to more dramatic rows of pearls arranged along the upper and lower lash line to frame the entire look. To further cement the trend of artificial piercings on the catwalk, there were also a number of metallic rivet presses along the bridge of the nose and above the Cupid’s bow.
Referring to one of Chiuri’s muses for the show, the late Greek art dealer Alexander Iolas, who was known for introducing the greats of surrealism to America, Philips said the pearlescent eye designs were ultimately a nod to the avant-garde movement and symbolism of the 20th century Greek eye. “One of the most iconic things about Greek culture is the Greek eye,” explains Philips. “It will protect you and bring you good luck. It is a surrealistic interpretation of the Greek eye according to the eye shape and the overall look of each individual model.” In the same vein, hairstylist Guido Palau emphasized the parting of various model hairstyles, from curvy bobs to crumpled updos, with shiny strands of pearls that flashed from the front and back.
To compensate for the eclectic embellishments, Philips has kept the rest of the makeup refreshingly low-key. “Beautiful, radiant, easy” is how the professional described the fresh complexion, which is refined with a light veil of the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation and a powder powder against the heat. For the discreetly gold-plated eyes, Philips has painted a subdued, auretic eyeshadow from the new Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Cruise 2022 eyeshadow palette, creating a “touch of gold”. With the introduction of new Greek goddess codes, Dior offers an element of beauty for everyone, whether you want a natural Mediterranean glow or crave a decorative touch. There is no time like the present to reach for something that shines.
Dior Backstage Foundation for face and body
Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Cruise 2022 eyeshadow palette