Makeup Artist Tom Pecheux Wants You to Massage Your Face Every Day


French makeup artist and YSL Beauty creative director Tom Pecheux knows that an expertly applied layer of foundation can obscure almost any imperfection, but thinks that skincare junkies should turn to daily facial massage to achieve that glow-from-within look. It’s also something he’s done for ’00s catwalk veteran and close friend Sasha Pivovarova, who walked the Brandon Maxwell Fall/Winter 2019 show in midtown Manhattan on Saturday. „The good thing about makeup artists and models is that we become friends very often,“ he says backstage. „It’s not a one-shot skincare. You can improve [the skin] of course, but everyday massage really works.“

The makeup look was inspired by Maxwell himself. Pecheux sees the young designer as someone with „a very high sense of sophistication, but also a high sense of fantasy and humor,“ he tells CR. „There’s a bit of fearsome innocence and I wanted that effect with the big eyes and a lot of lashes.“

Pecheux enhanced all of the models‘ eyes with false lashes and plenty of mascara, complete with matte, photo-ready skin and a nude lip. He then drew Twiggy-like lashes under the eyes to make the women look „very fresh and very friendly.“

Maxwell, who dedicated his show last season to Texas, says that the most recent collection was also inspired by his home state, because it’s where he spent the majority of his time with his mother during the last past few months (the designer recently revealed in a poignant Instagram post that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.)

„Going home in your life, it forces you to go back to the beginning of who you are and what you know and strips away everything that isn’t essential,“ Maxwell tells CR. „The collection is the manifestation of that. I really thought about the strong women in my life and clothes as armor and zipping something on to get through the door. It’s creating gorgeousness and beauty out of chaos and brutality and sadness. It sounds a bit extreme, but to me, you’re in the middle of a crazy neighborhood in this little jewel box that I created, which is a safe space that I dreamed about. There’s an element of health and athleticism and sport because that was what I was obsessing over during a time when I didn’t feel super healthy.“

That fantasy and safe space that Pecheux and Maxwell referenced was bolstered by elegant ballerina buns with a twist—an aesthetic that was dreamed up by Avedo hairstylist Bob Recine. „We wanted to take the silhouette very low so you can see the curvature of the head,“ he says. „We wanted to break the ponytail into pieces so we’re making a squiggle of a bun in the back, so it doesn’t get boring. It’s a bit more fresh and beautiful.“

At the very heart of his collections, however, is always Maxwell’s dedication to the group of women and close friends he’s cultivated during his time as a designer. For Spring/Summer 2019, he even brought his grandmother Louis Johnson out onto the runway for his finale walk. „I think when you go through anything that is rough in your life, you really see who shows up for you,“ he says. „I’m most blessed to have [the women in my office] who show up every day and put the strength and power into the clothes that I didn’t necessarily have at the time. That’s why I get up every morning and do what I do.“


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