Beauty Craze of the Month: Dior’s Backstage Collection

Dior makeup originates behind the scenes at its runway shows. Backstage, Dior Makeup Artists continue to create unique looks and enhance the beauty of models. Using their skills and drawing inspiration from their professional tips, a range of expert products have been created to maximise beauty in an instant. We give you Dior Backstage…

At Dior’s 2019 Cruise show in Chantilly, the brand launched its new Backstage beauty range – a professional make-up collection inspired by backstage artistry and designed by creative and image director for Dior Makeup, Peter Phillips. As commented by Phillips himself, “We didn’t want to launch an intimidating pro line, instead we wanted to use our professional expertise from backstage to make women’s lives easier “. He further told Vogue backstage at the show in Chantilly, “I wanted it to be practical. Yes, for make-up artists but also for all women. Women who want to be beautiful and beautified, but without having to go to a masterclass. A professional approach but with an ease.”

The Dior Backstage line features a range of beautifully rich products including a shimmering Glow Face Palette, a high pigment Eye Palette, and hydrating Lip Glows. But, at the heart of the collection, and the product we desperately want to get our hands on, is the new Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, which comes in an impressive 40 shades. These 40 shades are based around 16 different levels of intensity and six skin undertones to ensure a perfect match is made. This foundation is the Dior makeup artists’ secret weapon to create an instantly flawless complexion with ultra-buildable coverage, from a natural nude glow to high-coverage perfection. With its fluid texture and second skin finish, it nonetheless offers a custom-made intensity.

As posted by Vogue upon interviewing Phillips, “as a make-up artist I’ll often mix several foundation shades together to create the perfect colour for a model’s skin. But that’s my job. So I thought, wouldn’t it be great if that girl could go and find that exact shade on the counter? It shouldn’t be a problem for a woman to find her shade,” he said. “I remember in the old days working with Karen Elson, I had to mix a shade especially for her. And she wanted it so much in the end I gave it to her! And for darker-skinned girls, it can be hard to find those shades. And because here in Paris we are all white, we went to all our different markets to get feedback on what they wanted from a foundation, all around the world. And that was the idea, you shouldn’t have to mix up a shade yourself.”

Further commenting on the Backstage range as a whole, “they’re basics, really beautiful essentials. That’s how we wanted to start it, and then we’ll see how people react. There are plenty of possibilities for expansion,” Philips continued. “In each case, the shades are arranged from the softest to the strongest and each product’s functions are explained on the packaging.”

So, what makes this collection so exciting? In a period where we have become our own make-up artist with thanks to YouTube tutorials, social media and ever-evolving formulations, who better to guide us on the make-up we need than a man who spends his time transforming, enhancing and defining the beauty industry?

The collection is available in a flash sale at Dior.com immediately after the show but launches officially June 15.


Text: Ella Buxton

Images: Hollywood, Vogue, Dior, Café Makeup.

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