“The first Rouge Dior it was rechargeable ”! he exclaims Peter Philips, creative and image director of Dior Make-up, referring to the version of the 1953 of the classic Dior red lipstick. “Christian Dior had created three different versions: the obelisk-shaped one, a classic. It was a real one objet d’art to be displayed on the dressing table. Then, the lipstick from handbag. And finally, i refill: department stores had counters full of recharges, you could have chosen your nuance and had it put in any of those cases “.
Dior may not have had the concept of sustainability in mind when they launched that now iconic lipstick, but Philips certainly thought about it when they reinterpreted lipstick in a modern way. “I tried to have a more approach responsible”, Says the Belgian make-up artist.
Since he started working with the brand, in 2014, Philips has always been enthusiastic about the idea of diversity and inclusion, which is why lipstick is available in today 75 shades, including reds and nude, is 4 finish (mat, velvety, metallic and satin) to adapt to all skin tones. A variety that also speaks of an idea of beauty couture, to customize your look according to your tastes. To complete the collection, there will also be the pencil for the lip contour Rouge Dior in 24 shades and Dior Vernis nail polishes.
Waiting for the launch, Vogue caught up with the make-up master on Zoom to talk about how masks have changed the meaning of lipstick, and the future of beauty.
What makes you most proud of the new line?
“Everything. It’s a huge project: 75 shades. That’s a lot. At one point I thought, ‘OK, maybe that’s a bit too decadent idea. On the other hand, however, it almost seems to me to not having enough shades for all women“.
Where does the idea of the lipstick come from rechargeable?
“We got inspired by looking at the archives and the Dior lipstick created in the early 1950s, which it actually was rechargeable. And that made it more for me to convince the team who works with me. Charging is an idea we have been working on for a while: I have tried to be more eco-friendly, it’s a small step, but the impact is huge. And I’m really proud of it ”.
Today we live in a world where wearing masks is the new normal. And what role does lipstick play?
“The importance of make-up lies not only in what you see, but also in what is right for you. The gesture of applying the lipstick, the click of the box closing, of the lipstick you feel the taste, the smell. And even if you are wearing the mask, applying lipstick is part of the morning ritual, it is a way to start the day, it makes you feel good. It’s those little things that are reminding you that it’s important take care of yourself, pamper yourself “.
“And then there are also times when you don’t wear a mask, when you are with your partner, or at dinner with those who are in your ‘bubble’, whatever the reason. These are the moments when you can show it off. It’s funny, I mean, a year ago who would have thought that something as simple as putting on lipstick would get so complicated? We gave it for discounted. And that makes it a gesture even more valuable. The moment you put your lipstick on, you can really express yourself and be yourself, completely ”.
How do you think our relationship with beauty will change in 2021?
“I hope people will be able to find a equilibrium in all things. A balance that will also enter the beauty routine. Express yourself in the way that makes you feel best. People are more aware of the importance of taking care of themselves, others and the planet. There is a strange world out there, and not everyone has found that balance. It will be difficult, but there will be moments in which we will be able to express ourselves as much as possible, and others in which we will do it with more discretion ”.
And what is your vision for Dior?
“As a Maison, our task is to offer different possibilities and choices. This is why the line is so wide, because we can give every woman of any culture, in any geographical area, in any context, the way of expressing itself. And even if you don’t want to express yourself, you can always take care of yourself with the lip balm“.
What trends have inspired you recently?
“The trend nude. But obviously nude does not mean beige. There is a whole range of nude shades, from beige to bois de rose, from softer reds to taupe to Brown soft“.
Natalie Portman for Rouge Dior, Parfums Christian Dior
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How did you keep your creativity alive during the lockdown?
“I worked from home. I didn’t have time to do literally anything. I did a lot of interviews, and some of the questions were ‘What are your favorite books? What are your favourite movies? Can you give us a tip, or a recipe? ‘ but I didn’t even have time to cook for myself, because I was always on Zoom doing meetings. We had to reorganize the launches. Many of the shooting they were deleted, but we still had to fill the pages, so I had to look for an alternative. And so I started making gods collage, which I did before, when I had time. And since I was in the country with my parents, I also had to shop for them. In short, a beautiful period full “.
Looks like you really need a break! OK, last question, one of the challenging ones: what is the future of beauty?
“I hope it’s a bright future! It’s about finding the right balance. people will use make-up and their look to express themselves, and not necessarily to conform to someone else’s beauty standards. I hope that people will value and respect their individual strength, so that no one should ever be judged if they wear too much or too little makeup. The most important thing is theindividuality, and take care of oneself, and of others “.
Dior Rogue is available online