Dior just showed us a new way to wear eyeliner

It’s both parts creepy AND pretty

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / January 23 2019

Dior somehow just made clown makeup look good at the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 runway show. Yep – clown makeup. We didn’t think it was possible for this to ever be a thing, but we’re actually kind of into it.

Models took to the runway showing off thick, graphic black eyeliner looks with pointed teardrops, embracing the magical circus runway theme that was Dior Dream Parade.

Just look at this:

Dior couture backstage #paolavivasphotography #paolavivas
Dior couture backstage #paolavivasphotography #paolavivas

And this:

Instagram post by paola vivas * Jan 21, 2019 at 3:40pm UTC
Instagram post by paola vivas * Jan 21, 2019 at 3:40pm UTC

The idea behind the fantastical bold makeup look is courtesy of Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup, Peter Philips. He says of the makeup, “I chose a dark and graphic messy look, with a pattern that blends a punk aesthetic with a dreamy Pierrot feel. All the emphasis was on the eyes, which are intriguing, and draw you in.”

Step inside the magical #DiorDreamParade! Stay tuned for the full collection and review of the @Dior Spring 2019 Haute Couture collection on SavoirFlair.com. | 📷 by Getty Images #Dior #ParisHauteCoutureWeek #Circus #DiorCouture #Fashion #Paris
Step inside the magical #DiorDreamParade! Stay tuned for the full collection and review of the @Dior Spring 2019 Haute Couture collection on SavoirFlair.com. | 📷 by Getty Images #Dior #ParisHauteCoutureWeek #Circus #DiorCouture #Fashion #Paris

Pretty cool, huh? And if you’re game enough to break it out, it’s pretty easy to copy.

Philips says he started by curling the lashes then framed the eyes with black liner. “I circled the eyes completely with a thick dense line of black using the Dior On Stage Liner Matte Black Pen. Then, aligned with the pupil, I drew a vertical line that goes down to create a Pierrot effect.” 

The best part? The messier, the better! “After that I smudged any lines that were too sharp, and blurred the edges with Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Noir Trinidad for a more punk and less perfect effect. Lastly, I applied a line of Diorshow Khol Black to the upper and lower waterlines so that the eyes were completely ringed in black.

Here are some backstage moments from yesterday's circus themed Dior Haute Couture Show. We went for a focus on the eyes doing à Pierrot inspired makeup with a slightly punky, messy finish. For skin we used Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, on eyes the Dior Onstage Liner in Matte Black , Dior black Kholl Liner and Dior 5couleur eyeshadow pallet to blur the edges. #hair @guidopalau #manicure @elsadeslandes @emperor.lee @elinsvahn_ @michelgaubert @stephenjonesmillinery @bureaubetak #mariagraziachiuri #backstage @diormakeup @dior #eyeliner #blackeyes #pierrot #circus #hautecouture
Here are some backstage moments from yesterday's circus themed Dior Haute Couture Show. We went for a focus on the eyes doing à Pierrot inspired makeup with a slightly punky, messy finish. For skin we used Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, on eyes the Dior Onstage Liner in Matte Black , Dior black Kholl Liner and Dior 5couleur eyeshadow pallet to blur the edges. #hair @guidopalau #manicure @elsadeslandes @emperor.lee @elinsvahn_ @michelgaubert @stephenjonesmillinery @bureaubetak #mariagraziachiuri #backstage @diormakeup @dior #eyeliner #blackeyes #pierrot #circus #hautecouture

Look at you, you pretty mess. 

To finish, Philips used the cult-favourite Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation (psst…this formula also works wonders for dry skin!) for the models’ velvety, matte complexion.

Looking for more ways to shake up your usual makeup look? Take some inspo from the top beauty trends of 2019.

Will you be giving the Dior Couture eyeliner look a go? Let us know in the comment section below.

Main image credit: Getty

Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.