Makeup mastermind: Dior's Tyen celebrates 30 years

Tyen celebrates 30 years of fashion artistry and makeup fantasy.

Dec 01, 2009
Clara Young
Makeup artsist mastermind Tyen

In 2008, Dior rolled out an ad campaign for its Hypnotic Poison fragrance that featured Italian movie star Monica Bellucci with a boa constrictor nestled glamorously around her neck. That memorable image was made by Tyen, the Merlin of the fashion photography and makeup world. The creative director of cosmetics at Dior since 1981 and fashion photographer since 1985 is the man behind some of fashion and beauty’s most beautifully witty visuals. Dior recently cele­brated Tyen’s 30-year stewardship at the house with a pop-up photography show at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo contemporary-art centre that showcases Tyen’s cosmetic audacity — after all, he learned his trade as a makeup artist at the Paris Opera. He experimented exquisitely, decorating a model’s brow with black-and-pearl polka dots or peacocking it with thick dabs of pigment. He once crayoned “Love” and “Dior” on a model’s eyelids. The swirl of gorgeous imagery is just part of Tyen’s oeuvre; there are also his makeup inventions, like his 5-Couleurs Designer eyeshadow compact and glow-in-the-dark makeup and nail polish. Tyen presided over the show’s opening and press conference with Bellucci, his muse and leading lady for the current campaign for Nude.

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