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The Tom Pecheux Interview

YSL’s Creative Director of Makeup, Tom Pecheux, shares insider stories

on the creation of the brand’s joyful spring colour collection, “Shimmer Rush”.

tom pecheux ysl creative director of makeup

celebrity makeup artist Tom Pecheux

Dave: Tell us about the look for this new campaign?  What was your inspiration?

Tom Pecheux: Staz is a great musician and singer, and so we imagined her singing at a festival on the west coast of America, with the sun setting and enjoying the energy and freedom that comes with performing. I played with the bold pink shades, applying it on the eyes and creating rosy cheeks. A little eyeshadow near the lashes and on the mobile eyelid gave a sense of shimmer. And some eyeliner to add a little rockstar glamour – because after all, she is Staz.


staz linz ysl beauty model

DL: Where did you get your ideas for the new collection?

TP: The YSL Beauté woman is not a stereotype – she’s very versatile, very rich in her point of view, never stuck with one look, or in one place.  She’s a fashion icon who likes to play around.  After Fall’s very sophisticated look, I wanted to create something fresh, light and happy for spring. It’s makeup that makes you feel feminine, young, pretty.

ysl shimmer rush all over palette

YSL Shimmer Rush All-Over Palette


DL: Tell us about the All-Over Palette?

TP: These colours suit every skin tone, they’re subtle, gentle, but can be made more dramatic with the shimmering eyeliners in the collection. The lilac shimmer shade – a blue-pink colour – continues on from Fall’s very deep lilac, and works just as well on very pale skins as it does on dark skin.  There’s a lot of “no makeup makeup” out there at the moment, but the YSL Beauté woman is a woman who loves makeup. This is a flawless palette with a point of view, that’s subtle but also discreet.


ysl volupte balm

DL: How would you apply the lip and cheek colours?

TP: With your fingers – they warm up the product and it blends very easily. On the lips it’s almost like a stain, like the perfect leftovers from lipstick after you’ve just been kissed.


ysl spring colour collection

YSL Shimmer Rush Collection

DL: What’s a quick evening look to do with the eyeshadows in the palette?

TP: Using just the palette, the eyes will never feel overdone. So if you want to make them a little more dramatic, you will definitely need to introduce another item, which can be as simple as a lot of mascara, or a liquid eyeliner. The eyeshadows in this palette are designed to be soft, shimmery, playful and gentle – not too grown up.


DL: How would you describe the Face Palette?

TP: It’s a lovely friend. A palette which will bring you joy, happiness, colour, glow, health, it will make you look awake, and feel rested! Apply it with a pretty large brush in big round strokes. Put it on the apples of your cheeks if you’re feeling a little under the weather, and with the leftovers on the brush, sweep it all over the face.


ysl couture eyeliner

YSL Couture Eyeliner

DL: Do you have any tips for how to get a straight line with Couture Eyeliner?

TP: Start your eyeliner from the inside corner of the eye and take it to the outside corner, pressing a little bit more when you arrive there, because it’s here that the liner needs to be a bit broader. Now stop. The second part is to draw the wing. Think of your eyeliner in these two parts, with a break in the middle and it will be easier. And never be discouraged. A perfect eyeliner needs plenty of practise.  And have lots of those very tiny Q tips by your side – they’re your best friend!

ysl shimmer rush face palette

YSL Shimmer Rush Face Palette

DL: How do you wear the sugar almond shades of Volupté Liquid Colour Balm?

TP: They are like marshmallow colours, aren’t they? Very transparent and shiny, playful, friendly and young. Because they are sheer they are actually very easy to wear and go with everything. Everyone loves a sweet pastel colour.

ysl lacque couture in coral

YSL Beauty is available in Canada at Sephora.


  • Reply
    Cynthia Sacks
    April 25, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Reading this — I would love to be a YSL Beaute’ woman! @cindy_sacks

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    Anna Roszak-Robinson
    April 22, 2019 at 4:52 pm


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    Pam Moore
    April 16, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    These colors are so pretty, they’re so feminine looking. This is a stunning collection. ????????

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    Michelle Conn
    April 7, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Very pretty!

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    Annette P.
    April 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Swoon! So lovely!

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    Phern Spencer
    April 1, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    The entire collection is breathtakingly superb, it’s like a newly discovered treat you come home and meet unexpectedly wrapped with glamorous hints of color. So luxurious and the packaging is perfection

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    April 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    The entire collection is Stunningly Gorgeous!! And the packaging is just simply beautiful Dave.

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    Linda L.
    April 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    The eyeshadow palette is screams spring and summer!! Love it! @linlett60

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    September Dee
    April 1, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I adore this entire collection. The sheer, pretty colours are perfect for Spring and Summer and that opalescent packaging takes my breath away!!

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    Tracy Pullman
    April 1, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Its all so beautiful

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