Artist Pham will cover Dior’s latest makeup
Diorshow artist Thuy Pham is back in town to talk about the latest in Dior makeup, including the new Iconic mascara ($27) that delivers high-definition and separation, with the addition of a curling effect.
Pham will appear at the following boutiques:
» Today: Dior Ala Moana today, noon to 6 p.m.
» Tomorrow: Macy's Ala Moana, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
» Saturday: Neiman Marcus, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring the line's L'Or de Vie Creme, for hydrating and protecting skin.
As exciting as it is to see fall's new makeup, Pham is most animated when talking about skin care because her job has made her aware of the importance of the integrity of the skin as a foundation for beauty.
"The downside is getting so caught up in the concealing process, that the skin becomes second fiddle to the makeup," she said. "As a makeup artist, it's my job to create perfection, or at least the illusion of it. I spend an equal amount of time, if not more on the preparation of the skin with treatments and moisturizers, before ever applying makeup.
"All skin types need hydration and sunscreen. If the skin is oily, then it needs a moisturizer to control the oil, if not then the makeup will darken in the areas where the oil is produced, or even worse, bead up and slide off. With a dry skin type, the pores will absorb the makeup, looking for moisture, resulting in patches of coverage."
Having traveled to Hawaii several times over the past few years, she notes that humidity and the sun's strength play a key role in the wearability of makeup. Dior offers an SPF 50 with UVA/UVB and broad-spectrum protection in a non-greasy formula that acts as a base for foundation.
One of the tricks to wear liquid makeup, she said, is to buff it onto the skin with a foundation brush. To keep the makeup looking natural, she said, "Always work from the ear to the nose, where the pores are smaller to larger. The pores are the largest and most visible in the T-Zone, so if the makeup is concentrated in this area, it is more likely to be seen there."