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Tom Ford, facial architect
It’s something you often hear photographers say: "She’s got good bones." They’re referring to models, of course, not the remnants of their chicken dinner. At a recent shoot in New York (watch for it in our May issue!), I spoke with photographer John van der Schilden about how important facial structure is when doing beauty shoots. "It’s about the bones," he says. "That’s what makes someone more than just a pretty model—the anatomy of her face. It separates the really incredible girls from the rest."
The importance of facial structure is something that designer Tom Ford is also very aware of. (How’s that for a seamless segue?) As we all know, Mr. Ford is a designer obsessed with
every detail of everything he works on, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tom Ford Beauty, a 132-piece collection of
skin care, makeup and nail polishes. In London,
where he presented his fall/winter 2012/13 line, he spoke about his direction for beauty and his desire to have it really work with the shape of the face. “One of the things that was important to me when we launched makeup is the architecture of the face—like making cheekbones appear in the right proportion," he says. "So we did something we called ‘
Shade and Illuminate,‘ which is a lighter version of comical makeup that almost no one uses." Ford says the faces were done to look like they had minimal makeup on, with a little gloss on the eyes and a strong brow. Small, depressing caveat: In Canada, we can only get
Tom Ford‘s fragrances and lipsticks; the full line of products are only available in the United States, Europe, Australia and Russia. If you’re not travelling to any of those places in the near future, you can buy it online at Neiman Marcus and have it shipped to you. Sure, you may have to re-mortgage your house in order to make a few purchases (the
foundation is US$78), but your newly highlighted bones are surely worth an extra 30 years of loan payments.