I learned several things from following Tom Pecheux around at fashion week, and I thought they were valuable enough to deserve their own post (rather than a mention in one of the designer recaps).
First, Tom said, of course it’s hard to get your eyeliner to look the same on both eyes. Almost no one has identical, symmetrical eyes, so you actually have to make your eyeliner a little different to compensate for that asymmetry. A lightbulb went off for me; this man is a genius.
He said not to be afraid of mistakes. If your eyeliner application isn’t perfect, just take a q-tip and smudge it more — then it’s even sexier. (The only thing you can’t fake, according to Tom, is red lipstick.)
Finally, he emphasized the importance of stepping back from the mirror. This is a makeup tip you’ve heard before, but it’s one I really believe in. Up close we all have dark circles and terrible pores, but when we look at ourselves as others see us (from at least a foot away), those problems disappear. Tom says he hates to do a model’s makeup without a mirror. He’ll work, then check the overall effect by looking at the model in the mirror. I never realized why artists work in front of mirrors (I thought it was so the “canvases” could see what they were doing), but I was thrilled by his explanation.