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It’s always a thrill when cosmetic companies present their seasonal collections with a little more soul than just showcasing their products on a table – however much they encourage you to engage with colours!
Dior plays the make-up game well and introduced British beauty pro, Andrew Gallimore their UK Makeup Ambassador to press for some lipstick and gossip at the launch of their autumn collection. A favourite with such revered photographers as Rankin as well as pop’s poster girls, Jessie J and Beth Ditto, Andrew lends both a swag and a youthfulness to Dior by tapping into his art and fashion background, threading both beauty and theatre into bewitching looks.
Largely credited with introducing a new generation to make up – he confesses he’s now a dab hand at the tweezers when putting Swarovski crystals on Jessie’s lips, he also understands where theatre ends and beauty starts when living life off the stage. After all, most women just want to look naturally gorgeous. Inspired by paintings, photographs, movies and music, Andrew excels by character building through his creativeness by using make-up as art. When asked for a muse he says, ‘Marilyn Monroe to Marilyn Manson and everyone inbetween.” One of his favourite looks is a classic porcelain skin with a bright red lip. “The lipstick works as an exclamation mark,” he explains.
Believing there is now a trend for make-up with ‘extras’ Andrew hails Capture Total Foundation as one of his top 5 Dior products – “great for boosting the skin, puts you in soft focus, serum enriched…could go on all day about its benefits,” Style Liner in Black to give an edgy but ultimately beautiful eye, Diorskin Sculpt Concealer which swooshes away imperfections, Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara, “It looks wet and inky and builds up dramatic eyelashes,” and Rouge Dior Haute Couleur in Mystic Mauve. “It’s the berry side of purple and electrifies the lips.”
The collection is available exclusively at Selfridges from 25th July and nationwide from 16th August.