Estee Lauder & Derek Lam Spring 2013 Show

If you’re obsessed with New York Fashion Week, then you probably caught the Derek Lam show this past Sunday, September 9, 2012. His bold cuts, prints, and colors were complimented by the beauty of course. It was all courtesy of Estee Lauder for the sixth consecutive season. 

15 makeup artists where led by Estée Lauder’s Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux. They created a fresh spring look on 30 models. Jin Soon Choi, a famous manicurist, and her team polished their nails with NEW Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in So Vain (launching March 2013).

Take a look below and then check out the Q&A with Tom Pecheux. I also have a list of all the products they used for this look!


QA with Tom PecheuxBackstage at the Derek Lam Spring 2013 Show

How would you describe the make-up look for this show?

Very feminine, very elegant, but very discreet. It’s very pastel, I will call it, “aqua color”. You discover the subtle color, the subtle shimmer, little by little. It’s a make-up for a woman who is very self confident, who likes to be made up, who likes to be sophisticated, who is playful, but also who likes to be discreet.

How did the clothing influence the look?

When you are a makeup artist and you work for a fashion show, of course you work with a designer, the most important things are the clothes, but at the end it’s women who are wearing the clothes, so the overall look is important. Clothes, hair, make-up, accessories and since for this season the collection is very luxurious and colorful, it was important to keep the makeup in the same mood but in a very subtle and gentle way. I didn’t want the woman to become too colorful, too playful, too much. We like elegance, we don’t like to “show off.”

Would you say it’s an understated look?

The look is pretty minimal. What you see looks minimal, but the work is not and that’s because we work on every part of the face. The only thing we didn’t use, which most women do, is mascara. Everything else is there. Skin care, foundation, concealer, lipstick, shimmer, contour, eyebrow, eye-shadow – so the result looks minimal, but the work is not.

How long have you been working with Derek?

For about 10 years.

What is it like to work with him?

It is getting better and better because we have become good friends outside of work. We know each other and we understand each other, and he makes it very easy. You know when you are close to people, you can speak truly: “I like, I don’t like, I think it’s not quite there yet”. When you like people, you want to please the people you work with and we are both very happy to work together. And of course, if I can help Derek in any way to make his woman more beautiful and to complete his collection I am thrilled to be there.

So there is a lot of trust?


How does it work with Derek? How much direction does he tend to give you?

Derek always appears very serene. He is very quiet. So he delivers alot without talking a lot. The words he chooses are always very sharp and very neat. Also his collection is very sharp and very neat. When clothes say a lot, the designer does not have to say a lot. He generally doesn’t tell me anything specific, more like a mood, the type of woman he would like to see on the runway. We communicate very well because we know each other very well. That is the beauty of working with somebody that you trust and that you know, but who still every time surprises you. Every collection with Derek is a surprise – the fabrics he uses, the way he shapes them and the woman he creates. He reinvents himself every season, but at the end it’s a Derek Lam woman. Even if the collections are different each season.

Can you talk about the different products you were using?

I’m using a few products that I really like. I am using three products on the eyes, and I am using those two products on the lips. They are new products called shadow paints. They are creamy, and they dry on your eyelid, so they are very stable afterwards. And why do I use eyeshadow on the lips? Because basically it’s a creamy eyeshadow, and lipstick is a creamy product, so, the texture is very similar. Except that lipstick doesn’t dry. This dries on the lips so it is very stable. And I used to cook, and I love to cook, so I like to cook make-up. I know people who like to make some rules. I don’t know if I necessarily like to break the rules, but I like to play with the rules.

Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder

Eyes:NEW Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Cosmic – launching January 2013
NEW Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Extreme Emerald – launching January 2013
NEW Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Halo – launching January 2013
NEW Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Steel – launching January 2013
NEW limited edition Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease – launching
January 2013 exclusively on

Lips:*NEW Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Halo – launching January 2013
*NEW Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Pink Zinc – launching January 2013

Cheeks: Pure Color Blush in Brazen Bronze

Brows:  Pure Color EyeShadow in Wild Truffle

Pure Color EyeShadow in Wild Sable

Face: Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup

Skin: NEW Re-Nutriv Intensive Age Renewal Creme – launching October 2012
NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion – launching January 2013

Jin Soon Choi for Estée Lauder

Nails: NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquer in So Vain – launching March 2013

Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder
Nails: Jin Soon Choi for Estée Lauder
Photos: Courtesy of Estée Lauder