Stars at Dior Couture SS17 makeup

Stars at Dior Couture SS17 makeup

Stars in her eyes - Dior Couture SS16 makeup
Dior couture golden stars for SS17

“She was a phantom of delight”, wrote William Wordsworth, “her eyes as stars of Twilight fair.”

If Adam Ant owns the white stripe (the chalky line he painted across his face along the bridge of his nose) and David Bowie popularised the lightening bolt in makeup,  who made the stars sparkle? I’d like to think it was Siouxsie Sioux who is also credited with creating the ‘’80s punk Dracula brow’ when she painted-over her eyebrows with thick black gothic flair.

Stars in her eyes - Dior Couture SS16 makeup
Siouxsie Sioux



At the SS17 haute couture Dior show in Paris in February  – which was also creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri ‘s first couture presentation  – the designer was perhaps trying to tell us something with the chosen make-up looks. Gold stars were places in the corner of models’ eyes or scattered like golden freckles on faces. It was a subtle touch that marked her Dior girls out as angels, or better still, catwalk Cinderellas whose clothes were magicked up by a fairy godmother (Chiuri’s clever self-aggrandisement, you see) . The only clue to her handiwork? This pretty  ‘residue’ of magic dust cast by her metaphorical magic wand.

Maria Grazia Chiuri had a little help from Peter Philips for the SS16 Dior couture makeup looks, the creative and image director of Christian Dior Make-up who told Harper’s Bazaar that he was indeed trying to achieve an ‘ethereal’ look. “It was almost as if we had created soft skin, elf-like make-up,” he added.

SS17 Dior Couture makeup close-up


Star-accented make-up is a surprisingly easy look to achieve. You can of course go for the ‘total cinch’ full-eye contour option as Kate Moss did for her 34th birthday in 2008, which (if we may say) was much indebted to Siouxsie Sioux. See also Margiela’s SS16 show for a silver version of this spidery look, below.


Dior SS17 couture makeup
Kate Moss in 2008

Nimbler pen holders (preferably armed with liquid liners as opposed to kohl) should look to the Fall 2015 runway of Anthony Vaccarrello. Eyes were elongated thanks to just one point of jagged star. A contemporary take on the ubiquitous flick which really has died a death.

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Dior SS16 couture makeup
Margiela SS16

Little stars were also adopted that same season by Val Garland for Giamba, Giambattista Valli’s most youth-focused label. The make-up artist didn’t just stick to stars – she hand-painted all sorts of ‘tattoo’ emblems on faces and hands including hearts and teardrops.

While black is always stand out, prettiness is key for spring  and the SS16 Dior couture runway makeup will no doubt translate into sparklier face powders and eye shadows flecked with gold. In the meantime, perhaps it’s time to place an order at hobbycraft.


Dior Couture SS16 makeup
Giamba Fall 2015 makeup
SS16 Dior Couture makeup
Vaccerello Fall 15







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