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I love a good cat eye. It feels retro, feminine and graphic all at the same time. So imagine my excitement when I arrived backstage at Dior and saw dozens of models with bold cat eyes. #thankyoupeterphilips

After the show, I headed backstage to talk about the look…

What did you talk about with Raf going into this show?

We spoke about a month ago for the first time about the collection, and about 10 days ago I saw the first pieces. We were thinking about doing something with color, but when the outfits came around, there was a lot of black in the collection. Black as a support of color almost. That’s why we did something really pure. A classic eyeliner but with a twist by doing a flick under the eye. It’s kind of hard to do a look like that for a cruise collection, but on the other hand it makes it different. It’s Raf for Dior, so it’s unique. That’s why I thought to do a beautiful pure face with just an eyeliner.

Did you think a little about the location when you were deciding on the look?

We are showing in Brooklyn, but the view you have is of New York. That’s why I wanted something strong, something controlled, because it’s a city. We really wanted to focus on the eyes.The girls come out in a movement of color, in a sterile room with this amazing view, It’s strict and in control.

Who is the New York Dior Girl?

I think she is a bit more controlled. Thats maybe why we didn’t really use color. It’s all about neutrals, shaping, and contouring. It’s strong, graphic almost.

Now you want to do it too, right? Here are my tips, based on my very careful observations (and Peter’s instructions) : Keep your face clean and focus on the eyes. Apply black liner on top and bottom, and line the lower lash line with white liner, to make eyes pop. Peter applied black eyeshadow on top of the liquid liner on the upper lash line, to make the look more matte and to help set the liner. Want to go really bold? Bust out those falsies and a few swipes of black mascara.


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