During fashion weeks most attention goes to the collections… obviously. But no runway show is complete without the right beauty looks. It’s just all part of the magic. That’s why, as a designer, you can’t just hire anyone who does a little makeup. It requires someone who understands the collection and can create an extension of it in his / her very own way. Many call themselves a makeup artist lately but there are just a few who truly deserve this title. Peter Philips is most definitely one of them.

If we take a look at his background, it’s pretty clear why he stands out. Back in the 90’s he initially wanted to become a fashion designer and graduated in ’93 at the Antwerp Academy. It was only while helping backstage at a Margiela show that he discovered his interest in makeup. Peter Philips’ career had a first important breakthrough when he drew a Micky Mouse face onto a model for a Raf Simons shoot. At the moment he’s the creative and image director for Dior makeup.

Every time we were watching a show and the makeup actually stood out in a non dominant way, he was responsible. Here an overview of some of the looks he did during fashion weeks.

Dries Van Noten

All models at the Dries Van Noten show had a very natural look, except for a few strategically placed Swarovski crystals. Over-the-top makeup would have been too much in combination with the prints and bright colors of the ss18 collection. The reflection of the light in the crystals and the clean faces was just perfection.  Peter Philips runway looks ss18Peter Philips runway looks ss18Peter Philips runway looks ss18

Dior

There wasn’t much over-the-top at Dior either. The focus was on the black eye pencil underneath the eyes, lots of mascara and nicely brushed eyebrows. It made the models look girly and innocent, like it was the first time they did their own makeup (in a very professional way…) Peter Philips runway looks ss18Peter Philips runway looks ss18Peter Philips runway looks ss18

Fendi

The most edgy beauty look of the three was the one we saw at Fendi. Dark teal eyeliner and hairpieces in the same color matched perfectly with the triangle shapes and stripes. And it added that extra rebellious touch to the feminine collection. Peter Philips runway looks ss18Peter Philips runway looks ss18Peter Philips runway looks ss18Photo credits: Vogue Runway