Peter Philips explains how to get that “inner glow” from Dior Cruise.

Hot on the heels of Louis Vuitton’s Resort collection in Palm Springs, Dior staged its Cruise show on a sky-grazing cliff in the French Riviera. Despite being an ocean apart, many a parallel existed between the two productions—from a futuristic setting centered around a lavish pool (Vuitton showed at Bob Hope’s estate, while Dior opted for Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles) to models sporting candy-colored dye jobs (LV cast Fernanda Hin Lin Ly and her signature pink strands, whereas Dior opted for Yuan Bo Chao and her fiery red mane reminiscent of The Little Mermaid). In terms of hair and makeup, both fashion houses seemed to fully support a return to laid-back beauty. After a Fall ’15 season punctuated by side ponytails and kidney-shaped blocks of shadow (both seen on the Dior runway), it appears that pros were ready for a respite. “It was more about a feeling of relaxation,” said makeup artist Peter Philips of today’s finished package. “It was about being in this amazing bubble house and playing with the space, light, and the fact that you’re so close to the Côte d’Azur.” The face painter could have very well gone in the direction of Brigitte Bardot or any other recognizable French beauty icon, but in tandem with such an extraordinary feat of architecture and a plethora of prints (including a beach-friendly interpretation of plaid), “conceptual makeup or a color statement” could be distracting. “It could become very ’60s or Barbarella or futuristic,” he explained. 

Instead, the makeup maestro devised an “inner glow” rather than a complexion that looked sun-kissed or tan. At the base, Dior Diorskin Star Foundation was employed to “cover” any imperfections and lend a luminous finish to catwalkers’ faces. Next, Diorblush Cheek Stick in Cosmopolite Rosewood (available in August) was dabbed onto apples before a highlighter was tapped along cheekbones and on the center of lids. To avoid any harsh lines and give the impression that models like Greta Varlese, Julia Nobis, and Mica Arganaraz earned that hint of warmth by spending a few carefree days on the sand (slathered in SPF, of course), Philips avoided powders and opted for cream formulas that would seamlessly blend together with a sponge or fingertips. Eyes were kept neutral via Dior’s Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette, and lips were topped off with the brand’s Tie-Dye Edition Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise for “radiance” rather than a “glossy shine.” Arches were defined with the Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown (an ashy shade that suits almost any hair color), then emphasized with the Diorshow Brow Styler Gel (on shelves in June) for texture. “It’s almost like washing your hair with a very rich conditioner—it lends brows a touch of shine,” Philips said. To ensure that inner glow stayed put as models soaked in some rays between shows, Philips applied the makeup in thin layers—“like a mille-feuille”—then blotted and applied a bit of sheer powder across the T-zone if needed.

The overarching lesson learned thus far from the SoCal to the south of France: Beauty should play a supporting role, not steal the spotlight. 




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Judge Andre le Grange said section 11 was invalid to the extent that "it permits a member to be arrested for conduct that is protected by sections 58(1)(b) and 71(1)b) of the Constitution".

These sections provide that members are not liable to civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages for anything they have said, produced before or submitted to the National Assembly or any of its committees.

"The provision in section 11 is over-broad and as a result is constitutionally flawed," Le Grange said.


The Democratic Alliance brought the application against Speaker Baleka Mbete, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise and the government.

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Mbete and Modise had invoked section 11 during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address on February 12, calling upon Parliamentary staff and security forces to forcefully remove members of the EFF from the joint sitting as a result of disturbances that were caused.

At the heart of the DA's application was the contention that the section, properly interpreted, was only applicable to non-members of Parliament.

"In as much as Parliament is entitled to conduct its own affairs, the privilege of freedom of speech is vital to allow Parliament to perform its function of permitting unrestrained debate about matters of public importance," the judge said.

Le Grange suspended the full bench's order for a period of 12 months to allow Parliament to remedy the defect in the legislation.

He also referred the order to the Constitutional Court for confirmation and said the respondents were to pay the costs of two counsels.

The DA's executive federal chair, James Selfe, said outside the court he was very pleased with the ruling and that it would allow all members to speak "truth to power" and to fulfil their constitutional duty of holding the executive to account.

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Johannesburg - A group of foreigners who sought refuge at the Primrose police station in Germiston on Wednesday have gone back to their homes, Gauteng police said on Thursday morning.

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Johannesburg - Two police officers were arrested in Tembisa on the East Rand on Wednesday night for allegedly keeping a hijacked car, Gauteng police said.

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