Tom Pecheux


Makeup: Day to night eye makeup looks. Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder.

This season, to complement the evolution of Derek Lam’s Spring 2014 collection, Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director, created three looks based on the progression of the show from morning to night. The show opens with a minimal and natural look, followed by an added unique edge, and closes with a sexy spring/summer look.

For the natural look of ‘morning’, the skin is creamy with an antique gold cream shadow on the lids. It captures the light in a lovely, natural and sophisticated way. TIP: Pecheux used 2 drops of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and pressed it into the skin for an added glow; Advanced Night Repair isn’t just for night anymore!

The 2nd look had an added unique edge: He created a cube on the outer corner of the eye with a new chubby midnight blue navy eye pencil (spring 2014), adding a slight tilt to lift the eye for a new take on a winged eyeliner look.

The show closes with a sexy spring/summer look (pictured on right in above face chart). Pecheux applied mascara casually, not looking for perfection, and applied the navy pencil on the inner rim of the eyes. Using navy instead of black is friendly while still sexy–a great alternative to black for spring/summer.

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Nails: Jin Soon Choi for JINSoon.

To complement the bold and bright color, Jin Soon wanted something feminine and classic. One coat of Nostalgia (a rosy beige) was applied underneath Tulle (a sheer cream) to create the perfect nude. She followed the models’ own shape and length of nails and says there are no rules with nude. This is a classic, prestigious look inspired by high fashion.

Hair: Orlando Pita for T3 and Phyto.

The hair look was described as structured ease, a natural curl contained within the structure of a ponytail. (Some models wore a turban.) The S-curve of the hair was created by an over/under technique using the T3 ‘Body Waver’ Styling Iron. After a soft part was made, the hair was secured into a low ponytail.

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From Halle Berry to Hilary Swank, Oscar leading ladies turn to Lebanese designer Elie Saab to get red-carpet ready. For fall ’13, Saab brought to the runway an androgynous tone that came in the form of masculine tailoring. To enhance this boyish narrative of the collection, a “broken smoky eye” was created by French makeup artist Tom Pecheux using M·A·C cosmetics.

The look: Sculpted eye shape, defined brow, matte skin and a nude lip help keep the Elie Saab woman looking fresh and modern at all times.

American model Mackenzie Drazan shows just how easy this beauty statement can go from runway to reality. It’s all about a defined brow and smoky eyes that can be worn day or night.

“I love walking for Elie Saab. This collection was beautiful and very red carpet,” said Russian model Katya Riabynikina as she exited the show with her smoky eyes still intact.

ASK A M·A·C ARTIST: Make this Elie Saab look your own and get step-by-step expert advice from our in-house M·A·C artists (under Tips & Tools).

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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Influenced by the color found in Alfred Hitchcock’s Technicolor films, Tom Pecheux from M•A•C created a traditional look with a bit of va-va-voom for the Badgley Mischka fall 2013 runway show.

Pulling in browns, blues and orange-reds, these cinematographic colors created a look of pure luxury. The eyes were lifted and brightened by using a metallic bronze on the lid and finished off with a contrasting matte blue. He teased us with the “it” red lip for fall by showing us a new lip liner and lipstick that were an awe-inspiring tomato red (both will be out in the fall).

When asked how he makes each look for each designer so different, Tom said, “I am inspired by each designer’s creativity, and my duty therefore as an artist is to create individual looks that complement their creativity.”

Count me as inspired by this look and by Tom—it’s totally worthy of an Oscar!

–Debra, Nordstrom National Beauty Director

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Go behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week with Natalie and Laksmi from our Beauty Team! They’ll be reporting on all the backstage beauty happening at the runway shows and revealing next season’s beauty trends right now.

We can’t get enough of world-renowned makeup artist Tom Pecheux. We’ve had the opportunity to see him in action behind the scenes of three shows already (Edun, Altuzarra and Derek Lam). From M•A•C to Estée Lauder, Pecheux brings a wealth of inspiration to the shows with his extensive experience—including his recent partnership as Creative Makeup Director for Estée Lauder.


When asked about his inspiration for each show, Pecheux said he creates makeup in collaboration with the designer’s collection, and from this, he is “creating a desire that becomes a trend.”

For spring, this desire came across in his impeccable execution of a clean, young, minimal aesthetic. His approach is to “increase the personality of the girl, not hide it…Erase everything for which there’s no need.”

The looks he created were wearable and simple. There was an emphasis on perfect skin, achieved through prepping the skin with Estée Lauder skincare, minimal foundation and concealer. Subtle contour was created by using a M•A•C sculpting cream. Pecheux really believes in brows for spring! A common theme was a filled-in brow for color and density, and he dabbed and pressed lipstick into the lips for a stained effect.

When asked, “What is your favorite application technique?” Pecheux replied, “Use your hands and fingers…To make people beautiful, you need to give, use your hands.” We were so impressed by this simple, genuine sentiment; it reminded us about the power of makeup, and the importance of how it can make you feel, inside and out.

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Let’s take a trip to Paris with model Constance Jablonski and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux: A nighttime journey through the City of Light reveals how the world’s most romantic capital inspired the sultry shades of the Pure Color Nail Lacquer Collection. Enchanté!

What’s your favorite shade?

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