If you’ve ever watched a makeup artist at work on the set of a shoot or backstage at a fashion show, you will have seen the immense spread of palettes they possess in every shade and texture – sprawled over counters, spilling from suitcases, stacked high wherever space permits. To the untrained eye, it’s a special kind of organised chaos that gives you a real appreciation for their craft. It also gives you pause. Perhaps some things, after all, are best left to the professionals.

Cue DIOR BACKSTAGE, the highly-anticipated line of customisable palettes that first caused a stir when they hit the runway at Dior’s Cruise 2019 show. Designed by the one and only Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, expect a masterful makeup edit made to enhance your natural features with an added touch of catwalk polish.  

Are you ready to dive straight into the tutorial? Great news: the entire collection just landed exclusively at Sephora, and to celebrate, we’re going to show you how to get the DIOR BACKSTAGE look in under ten minutes. Top it all off with your best pair of heels and you’re practically ready to start padding the pavement as if it were your very own catwalk.

Stand out for being natural

Make up artist Daniel Martin used the DIOR BACKSTAGE Face and Body Foundation on Meghan Markle for the Royal Wedding. Need we say more? Designed with every woman in mind, there are more than 40 shades available, organised into six undertones, from 0 Cool Rosy to 9 Neutral – the deepest foundation shade Dior has ever made. The finish is natural and glowy, with a sheer yet buildable formula perfect for daily wear.

How to use:

Using the warmth of your fingertips, apply two to three drops to create an even, long-lasting base without completely concealing your natural beauty (hello, freckles!). If you prefer a medium to full coverage, layer on a few more drops using the DIOR BACKSTAGE Fluid Foundation Brush 12 for a flawless, skin-like finish.

Show-stopping stare

Adding a touch of show-worthy drama to your eyes has never been so easy. Available in Warm and Cool, with a foolproof selection of matte and pearly powders, the new DIOR BACKSTAGE Eye Palette contains everything you need to take you from office to bar in a matter of minutes. Oh, did we mention it includes a primer? When we said it contains everything, we meant that literally.

How to use:

Sweep the lightest, pearl shade over your entire lid, including the inner corner of your eyes. Next, take the medium shade through your socket with a blending brush, and finish by lining your top and bottom lashes with the darkest shade for added intensity. Top it all off with a few coats of Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara and your look is complete.

Brows, your way

For a moment there, we all got swept up in a frenzy of bold, fluffy brows. And while we’d all love to possess the iconic face framers of Cara Delevingne and Bambi Northwood-Blyth, it may be about time we start loving the brows we’re in. The DIOR BACKSTAGE Brow Palette comes in two customisable colourways – 001 Light and 002 Dark. Each contains a lighter and a darker shade, plus a waterproof wax to keep those unruly hairs in place all day.

How to use:

To create an on trend ombre brow, use the darker shade to shape the outer arch, bringing the lighter shade towards the bridge of the nose. If you’re after subtle definition, blend both shades together, before filling in sparse areas. Finish with the wax to set both looks in place.

The ultimate face sculptor

While contouring has evolved beyond the heavy baking of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, this trend isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. For everyday wear, it’s all about achieving an effortless contour to sculpt and define your best assets – and that’s exactly what you’ll achieve with the DIOR BACKSTAGE Contour Palette.

How to use:

Take the two matte contour shades and blend them through the hollows of the cheeks, along the jawline, through the eye sockets and down the edges of the nose for added definition. The highlighters contain an ethereal luminosity, perfect for achieving a healthy, office-worthy glow.

A pout for every hour of the day

We’re calling it now: the DIOR BACKSTAGE Lip Palette may just be the closest thing we’ve found to perfection. Will you please pause for a moment and look at that colour selection? When it comes to textures, you’ve got three sheer, three satin and three matte lipsticks, to take you from day to night in a matter of seconds.

How to use:

If you’re looking for a kissable daytime pout, pat one or more of the sheer shades onto your lips with your finger. To dial it up for an event, pat on the darkest matte shade before applying one of the lighter satin shades to the centre to create the illusion of fuller lips. Mix and match to your heart’s content.

Your Personal Lighting Assistant

Now, for the fun part. Specially formulated for the DIOR BACKSTAGE collection, the Glow Face Palette contains two luminous blushers and two creamy powder highlighters perfect for creating a customisable flush of colour. Whether you’re going for blushing ingenue, or beaming angel on the dancefloor, this palette has everything you need to dial it up or down according to your own style or mien.

How to use:

Why not try your hand at the look Philips created for the models at Dior’s Cruise 2019 show? Dip a fluffy brush into the rosy pink, copper and champagne shades before gently sweeping it along the apples of the cheeks and up into your hairline. To finish, take the champagne shade where the sun would naturally hit: along the bridge of the nose, the tops of the cheekbones and your cupid’s bow. Easy glamour, done.


Dior Backstage is exclusive to Sephora. The entire collection launches online on July 3 and in store July 4.

Words by Rose Howard.