It all began with a face painting of Mickey Mouse. Peter Philips was working on a shoot with photographer Willy Vanderpierre for a Raf Simons shoot, and chose to sketch the Disney figure on a model’s face. The look spread worldwide and is now one of his most iconic creations. But before all that, Philips actually discovered the world of beauty when working at Paris Fashion Week while studying fashion during his final year at Antwerp’s Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts. After graduating in 1993, he immediately stepped his foot into makeup artistry, building his portfolio doing test shoots with other aspiring stylists and photographers, being very selective when choosing who he wanted to work with.
Peter Philips caught the attention of Karl Lagerfeld while the designer was leading Fendi. He then got invited to meet with Chanel Makeup’s creative directors, Heidi Morawetz and Dominique Moncourtois who at the time had held the position for over 30 years. In 2008, Philips landed the job as Chanel Makeup’s Creative Director, reinvigorating the fashion house’s beauty division, invented the instantly sold out nail polish Jade Le Vernis and also managed to create a stunning eye makeup in bold swipes of color for Chanel’s SS14 show by using common finger paint. He also got a lot of attention for incorporating unusual materials into his creations, including feathers, pearls and different unusual fabrics. After 5 years of dedication to Chanel, he resigned, and one year later he replaced Pat McGrath as Creative and Image Director at Dior Makeup.
The Art of Color & Dior SS17 Campaign
The Belgian makeup artist is current with Dior, The Book of Art, including 12 chapters (each dedicated to one specific color) filled with magical visuals, celebrating the French house’s color and makeup looks throughout history. He is also current with Dior’s Spring/Summer 2017 campaign, which is all about empowering women. “The Woman Behind the Lens” Project is shot by legendary Brigitte Lacombe and is creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first campaign, wanting to send a clear, feminist message, being the first woman to lead the Dior brand. Peter chose to combine the dynamic yet sensual collection with a natural hairstyle and nude makeup look for twin-duo Ruth and May Bell, to make a powerful statement of femininity, sensuality and fearlessness amongst women of the future as well as of today.
Edited by DILIARA ZAINASHOVA
Visual editor JALAL MOUGHRABY