Somebody Call Twiggy — Dramatic False Lashes Are Officially a Makeup Trend Again
Backstage at the Rodin Museum in Paris, makeup artist Peter Philips was painstakingly painting individual lashes below model Ruth Bell’s waterline for Dior’s fall 2019 show. The creative and image director of Christian Dior Makeup replicated the same look for all 74 models in the show, inspired by London youth culture of the 1960s.
This wasn’t the first time we saw ’60s inspired makeup looks this season. It started at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show in January, when makeup artist Pat McGrath placed gorgeous, colorful plumes on the model’s lashes. The look was decidedly dramatic and arguably hinted to the beauty trends of the ’60s, what with their emphasis on exaggerated lashes. In fact, if it weren’t for all the vibrant colors, it could have looked like it came straight out of a black-and-white mod film.
Next, at Anna Sui’s fall 2019 show at NYFW, models wore super colorful cut crease eye shadow rimmed with thin black cat eyeliner. The makeup artist behind the look? Also Pat McGrath. And a few days before that, makeup artist Tom Pecheux also created high-intensity Bambi-style lashes for Brandon Maxwell’s fall 2019 show, which looked a lot like something the ‘60s-era model Twiggy might wear.
With all these looks coming down the runway, it’s clear there’s some nostalgia for the ’60s in the air this fall 2019 season. To get the look at Dior, Philips used a dark black cream eye shadow and applied Dior On Stage Liner in Matte Black over the top. He left skin luminous and minimal for the most part, aside from using the gold and pearl shades from the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette.
Philips also applied the Dior Addict Stellar Shine Lipstick in Mirage — a gloss, tan-pink hue — on every single model. The new lipstick formula is set to launch in March.
“The inspiration is that London 1950s, 1960s street culture style,” explained Philips backstage. “It’s raw English style. Very rough, heavy-handed.”
As for the application process, Philips had a few tips and tricks when it comes to drawing on the fake bottom lashes. “I always make sure to look at the models with their eyes open. I put lots of mascara on the top lashes but none on the bottom. I drew rectangles, not really lashes even.”
For the hair, Guido Palau added texture to shorter lengths and left it down. For those with longer hair, he styled long ponytails. Every model wore a bucket hat and that was the main inspiration for the look. “Every girl is wearing a hat so it’s not really about the hair, it’s about the shape,” he explained. “Everything is being blown out and I used an iron to create a natural texture. There’s a realness to it.” He used the new Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame Leave-In Cream to smooth the hair and the brand’s Triple Dry 15 to add texture.
With expressive, Instagrammable makeup at an all-time high, it makes total sense that the ’60s are totally swinging back in full force.