The Interview: Tom Pecheux On How To Achieve Saint Laurent's Signature Look

BY Rimal Mohammed / Mar 6 2020 / 12:00 PM

YSL's Global Beauty Director Tom Pecheux shared his expert beauty know-how after the Saint Laurent show

The Interview: Tom Pecheux On How To Achieve Saint Laurent's Signature Look

When it comes to learning the ins and outs of make-up who better to ask than Tom Pecheux, who has been in the industry for three decades. The acclaimed fashion make-up artist, formerly creative director for Estée Lauder and Shiseido, is currently the Global Beauty Director for YSL Beauty. BAZAAR sits down with him as he shares his secrets to a chic yet sophisticated look.

Harper's BAZAAR Arabia: How would you describe the make-up look of the Saint Laurent Winter 20 Show? Where did your inspiration come from?

TP: The make-up of the Saint Laurent Winter 20 Show is all about quality of skin and a beautiful red lip colour.

The inspiration comes directly from Anthony Vaccarello, and from the YSL Beauté make-up products that I am creating.


HBA: Can you tell us the different steps to achieve this look?

TP: To achieve this look you need first a really good skincare to prep the skin.
From there, a little bit of foundation, to have a very nice coverage. We just want the result to be a very flawless skin, with a matte finish. We add a little bit of Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick on the top of the cheeks. A nice eyebrow, groomed but not fake. And matte lips that we are creating with The Slim No 21.

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The Slim No 21 Rouge Paradoxe, Dh175 at Sephora

HBA: What are the must-have products for this make-up look?

TP: The must-have products are All Hours Foundation and All Hours Concealer, All Hours Setting Powder, Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick and The Slim No 21.
Models that are doing the show have asked which colour it was because they loved it. And it’s pretty rare to find a lipstick that every women will fall in love with. Also, the effect of The Slim No 21 is powerful, bold, strong, with a very matte finish but not a dry effect on the lips.


HBA: What about The Slim application?

TP: The square bullet of The Slim is actually a plus when it comes to application because it gives a perfect definition, a perfect finish, a perfect line in one stroke.

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Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick, Dh185 at Sephora

HBA: What about the eye look?

TP: It’s so natural that it’s very bold. The lips are so intense and powerful that you don’t need any make-up on the eyes. I think it’s great to have no eyes when the lips are so bold!


HBA: Why is this make-up look so YSL?

TP: It’s a very YSL make-up look, because YSL is all about powerful women, and powerful make-up. When you have that kind of lip, you don’t really need anything else.

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Images courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent.