When preparing to attend a couture show, there are myriad paths to take on the style front. Exaggerated? The better to echo the general air of the shows. Understated? Allowing the striking silhouettes to do the talking. Or—even better—a balance of the two? For Dior’s Spring 2023 Couture showing, Yara Shahidi played off of the collection’s inspiration, her woven tulle mini and trademark curls bringing to mind a contemporary flapper in the vein of Dior muse Josephine Baker.
“My forever first step before starting hair and makeup is to do a self-care check-in,” says Shahidi, who joined stylist Jason Bolden, hairstylist SherriAnn Cole, and makeup artist Emily Cheng for her pre-event glam. “When I feel good, I love how I look!” To play up the actor’s texturized dress, Cole cultivated Shahidi’s cloud of curls, keeping the crown as buoyant and fluid as the edgings of fabric. Makeup centered on soft neutrals, with Diorshow Iconic Overcurl serving lift and drama, the lip a study in careful coordination. Cheng also looked to the dress for guidance, echoing the palette while playing up Shahidi’s natural bone structure. Brushed-up brows, neutral shadow, and a dusting of bronzer ensured the moment was an entirely warm one, Cheng’s addition of Dior Rouge Blush in 459 Charnelle providing a balancing, youthful swirl of pink.
“Makeup artist extraordinaire Emily Cheng chose colors that complement my dress,” says Shahidi, whose own luminous skin and ready smile lent to the liveliness of the look. All in all, Shahidi’s beauty embodied the spirit of the collection and of the actor herself: effervescent and effortlessly glamorous.