​​Spring Clean​​​
Models Bette Franke, Lais Ribeiro and Valentina Zelyaeva take a moment backstage at the Ralph Lauren Spring 2013 Collection Runway Show

Achieve the season’s luminous beauty look with the
help of celebrity makeup artist Tom Pecheux

eason after season, the Ralph Lauren heroine explores new worlds through her wardrobe. In the past two years alone, she has traveled to the American Southwest, China, England and Spain, and Russia is on the horizon. In contrast to this globe-trotting lifestyle, Mr. Lauren has long espoused a natural face devoid of obvious makeup. For the Spring 2013 Collection, Tom Pecheux, renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder creative makeup director, followed that tradition but did so in a decidedly modern way. Luminosity is a buzzword this season, and Pecheux gave each model a lit-from-within glow. “The goal was to create a very individual and natural beauty on each woman,” he says. “There are two different types of makeup: the kind that creates a transformation and [the kind] that enhances and emphasizes one’s own beauty. The latter was the inspiration for this show.” Here are a few of our favorite beauty moments spotted backstage at the Spring 2013 Ralph Lauren Collection runway show and Pecheux’s secrets for re-creating the looks at home.

Test photographs, such as these of model Cecilia Mendez, act as a guide for hair and makeup artists


Makeup artist Pecheux prepped each girl’s clean skin with a few drops of Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil to add essential moisture and instantly draw out her natural radiance before applying as little makeup as possible.

Model Mila Krasnoiarova’s sleek and simple hairstyle shows off her luminous skin


Pink-coral blush is universally flattering, and Pecheux very lightly dusted MAC Cosmetics’ best-selling powder blush in Fleur Power on the tops of cheekbones to create a satinlike finish.

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux applies eye shadow to model Jourdan Dunn


Pecheux’s trick for a natural-looking eye that still pops is to frame the lash line with a black gel pencil, such as Estée Lauder’s Automatic Eye Pencil Duo in Jet Black, from the middle of the eye to the edge, making the line thicker toward the outside corner without adding a wing.

Model Katia Kokoreva shows off flushed cheeks and pink lips backstage


Pecheux nodded to the season’s statement-lip trend in a subtle way by mixing colorless balm with a swipe of Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Spiced Coral, a shade that perfectly complements the Spring Collection’s Latin America–inspired ensembles.


VANESSA MARTIN is a writer based in Miami. Her work has appeared in Ocean Drive and Modern Luxury Brides and on Refinery29.

  • Photos by Zev Starr-Tambor/Ralph Lauren