When it comes to creating highly polished, uber-luxurious runway looks that are glamorous without feeling overdone, world-renowned make-up artist Tom Pecheux is your go-to guy. A regular backstage at shows from Ralph Lauren to Ports 1961, Pecheux also has a longstanding partnership with super chic New York womenswear designer Derek Lam. To celebrate their 10th anniversary of working together, the duo have teamed up with Estée Lauder (Pecheux is the brand’s Creative Director) to create the sleekest and slickest runway-to-reality kit you could dream of.
The Spring/Summer ’14 make-up look at Derek Lam is an exercise in elegant evolution: it began with models wearing washes of soft browns over the eyes and cheeks, followed by others with the addition of a slanted navy block at the outer corner of the eyelids and ended with an application of sparkling summer lips for their final walk of the runway. The result is make-up that looks sophisticated and fresh but is also incredibly versatile. In the real world, this translates perfectly into a day-to-night transformation. The kit consists of five miniature make-up pieces: a subtle golden liquid eyeshadow, creamy navy eye crayon, mascara, a warm spice lip cream and shimmering golden gloss. All look beautiful worn alone or in any combination you choose to apply or build them up in.
A £65 it might seem a bit of an outlay for five make-up mini’s, but aside from them going beyond sample size to a very generous scale-down of the full whack, what makes the collection worth the money (and the frenzy it’s likely to cause at Estée Lauder cosmetics counter) is what they come in. The hard-case satin navy clutch is topped with Derek Lam’s signature dumbbell clasp, looks elegant and expensive, and aside from your make-up essentials has room enough to hold a smartphone, house keys and a credit card. A designer bag and on-trend make-up look for the price of a round of cocktails at Bodega Negra? Form an orderly queue…
The Estée Lauder Derek Lam collection is available to buy online here, while stocks last.