Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, celebrates a colour-loaded spring season by revisiting the “gradient makeup” trend in the Colour Gradation collection, embodied by the model Lindsey Wixson, the House’s newest beauty looks ambassador.

The principle of “gradient makeup”? Clashing colours and fading shades to allow for the boldest of looks. It’s a trend that Peter Philips reinvents according to the art of colour that has always been the Dior makeup signature. The lips are worked up in different shades of pink to evoke a bee-stung mouth, the eyelids exhibit a spectrum that’s alternately soft and electric, a tie-dye effect sets cheekbones alive. The Colour Gradation look offers the freedom of total experimentation, from subtly faded shades that melt into the skin’s natural tone, to the most out-there effects.


In a look that gives colour pride of place, voluptuous lips illuminate the face. To achieve a subtly sophisticated effect, in which the pigments seem to be one with the shade of the lips, Peter Philips has devised a lipstick 2.0: Rouge Gradient. Using its double foam tip, first apply the lightest shade as a base, before applying a more intense touch to the centre of the lips. The layering creates a melting gradation with a powdered matte finish, which can be adjusted according to mood and desire, and which is achieved with one of the three available versions, Pink, Red or Purple.

Eyes are also ultra-pigmented thanks to the Colour Gradation palette. Available in Blue Gradation or Coral Gradation, it comes with a motif reminiscent of the pleats with which Christian Dior liked to give his dresses movement, just as the gradation of the shades gives life to colour.

Transposing the “gradient makeup” technique to the complexion, Peter Philips also created dégradé powder compacts, Diorblush Colour Gradation and Diorblush Nude Air Colour Gradation, which allow the shade of the cheekbones to be modulated.

And the art of colour celebrated by this intense look extends to the nails, thanks to Dior Vernis contrasting shades, the peach Nude de Maybe peach, lemon yellow Early, deep green Now or the flamboyant red of Sudden.

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