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Interview with Tom Pecheux

Tom Pecheux Talks Beauty, Icons and How He's Not For Sale

Having gone through eight seasons of fashion week in my career, getting the opportunity to speak with famous makeup artist Tom Pecheux was a dream come true. Over coffee in a Mayfair art gallery, Tom and I (oh and yes a few others were in the room too) sat face to face and talked makeup, his background and Joan Smalls, the latest face of Estèe Lauder.

The focus of the get together was the soft relaunch of the already existing lips and nails collections. The packaging will look the same, but the formulas have been improved with True Vision technology. The lipsticks are now called Pure Color and they come in a cream or a cream with shimmer finish (no frosty choices friends, Tom hates frost). There are a whopping 86 new colours of which the UK has picked up somewhere between 35 and 45. The nail lacquers (also called Pure Color) come in 16 shiny shades. Eight are classic colours, and the other eight are primary, bright colours including blue, pink, purple, green ... and so on.


Tom was so excited and flattered when he heard that Estèe Lauder wanted to work with him. Not only do they have the finances and resources for technology, but they also take risks and make things happen quickly. For example, at the S/S 2011 Derek Lam Fashion Show, Tom used Lauder products to create an orange tone because that is what Derek wanted, but Lauder didn’t make an orange eye shade, so he improvised using a lipstick and liner on the eye. Within moments, Lauder was willing to create an orange range just to make him happy (more on that in a few months)!


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Tom loved talking about makeup as fantasy and how being able to transform the mood of a person with makeup makes him happy. Both Pure Color ranges will be available at the end of February. For more photos of the new and exciting Wild Violet Collection due out next week, and to find out what Tom and I talked intimately about during the interview, just read more.


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  • What are your favourite lip colours in the collection?
    Melon, vanilla truffle (a gorgeous nude colour), pink berry, fuchsia and red.
  • Do you have any beauty icons? Definitely. Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Bardot. These women are all successful and they are all playful with their makeup and their looks.
  • Would you ever consider working full time creating makeup for a brand? I'm a rental boy. I'm not for sale. I will continue doing shows because I love the excitement of creating makeup for each show for four hours straight. Sometimes doing a photo shoot I have to wait around a lot. Applying makeup is the best!
  • Can you share some tips about how to apply colour if you are a shy woman? The easiest way to introduce colour into your look is with nails. If you want to move into makeup, then do the makeup you usually do (meaning foundation, concealer, etc) and then add a little colour on top of your normal makeup so that you are adding some flavour to your typical look. From there, if you want to try a bold shade on the eyes or the lops, make yourself beautiful with foundation, bronzer and a peach colour on the cheeks (not pink) and then add colour to your lips. Do your face and then take a peek from a distance and see what's missing.
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