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Tom Pecheux on Lipstick Versus Gloss

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Pecheux on Lipstick Versus Gloss and More

To celebrate the launch of the just-released Estée Lauder Sensuous Rouge Lip Colour, we asked the brand's Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux — who's been busy creating looks at New York Fashion Week for The Row, Derek Lam, Doo.ri and Altuzarra — what kind of woman wears lipstick, why this one is extra special and his top tips for application.

How important is lip colour in an overall look? Lipstick really creates the power of a makeup look, especially when really dark, red or burgundy shades are used. It creates an instant look of sophistication and polish.

Tell us about the new lip formula. The idea was to create a lipstick that was both very easy to apply and would also really protect the lips. It has two layers which work together to not only provide the lips with amazing definition and shape, but also a very soft, sensual quality.

Keep reading . . .What do you love most about it? I love that it’s almost like wearing a matte lipstick on the contours of the lips and a very creamy lipstick in the centre, so it creates a very sensual look to the lips. The centre of your lips will appear moist, yet the colour won’t run, and the strong shell of the lipstick is going help contour and provide the best shape to the lips.

Sounds sexy. So what kind of woman wears lipstick? It’s usually very powerful women who are sophisticated and polished that wear lipstick. The lip gloss is for more of a playful woman who looks like she wants to be kissed.

Can you share your top tips for applying lipstick with us? It depends on the look you want to create. If you want to achieve a more subtle look with just a touch of lipstick, you should apply it with your finger and tap the colour around your lips to make the colour more transparent. When you want to create more of a statement lip, you should use a lip pencil in addition to the lipstick to reach perfection.

Image courtesy of Estée Lauder

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