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Inspired by the makeup professionals working behind the scenes at London, Paris and New York fashion week, Dior’s Backstage range gives beauty buffs an affordable way to get their hands on high end makeup products.
Envisioned by creative and image director for Dior Makeup, Peter Philips, the Backstage beauty line has been dubbed ‘luxury make-up for millennials’, with fuss free packaging and lower price points – retaining the cult French beauty brands reputation for quality.
I first discovered their universal ‘glow face palette’ during an event with the now-TikTok ‘Let’s Get Dressed’ star Sammi Jefcoate, back in 2019. One of the content creator’s favourite products, Sammi – in collaboration with Samsung – gifted each of the attendees a highlighter palette. I’ve used mine almost every day since, favouring one shade in particular, before being gifted a new one this Christmas.
The multi-use 001 palette is designed to suit a range of skin tones, featuring four shimmery and silky highlighter shades in a strobing white, a gorgeous caramel champagne, a rosy pink and a deep bronze.
Dior makeup artists’ ‘secret’ for ‘for adding instant radiance with professional results’, the shades in the palette pair well with a wide range of looks. The formula is really buildable, meaning you can add a little for a natural, healthy glow, or opt for a more glazed, illuminated look.
My favourite shade in the palette is the champagne shade, because it suits my pale, cool-toned skin the best. But not only is it a great natural-looking highlighter, it also doubles up as an eyeshadow, which gives a romantic finish. The highlighters can also be layered, using a small angled brush for individual shades, or a big fluffy brush to swipe through them all.
A tiny amount of the deep shade makes a gorgeous contour, but my favourite way to use is is on the lids with a neutral smoked out for a halo effect. The pink can be rather vibrant if you go too heavy on the blush, but well blended, it offers a flushed glow.
The pearlescent white is great for highlighting features like the cupids bow, brow bone and inner eye corners, and pairs well with the rosy shade to tone it down slightly for a more discreet look.
Peter Philips said: “Depending on the desired effect, simply apply with the fingertips or a brush for an intense, metallic look, or with a cotton pad to smooth the product and obtain a more satiny style. You can use a single colour or blend two, three or even four shades to achieve unique makeup every time.”
The Dior Backstage glow palette costs £36 and is one I will always repurchase time and time again. It’s incredibly flattering, easy to use, really versatile as well as at an affordable price for the professional quality.