Stylesight interviews Shiseido artistic director Dick Page during New York fashion week on his inspirations, obsessions and first beauty moments.
He’s a makeup artist’s makeup artist: Dick Page, world-renowned beautifier and artistic director at Shiseido has dolled up faces at top global fashion weeks and most recently at Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Tess Giberson and one of our favorites, Band of Outsiders.
We caught up with Page backstage to find out what’s making him tick of late: his inspirations for S/S 14 and what it takes to make it in backstage beauty.
Stylesight: Music, fabrics, art, icons: which of these are inspiring you for the S/S 14 season?
Dick Page: “There’s no abstract inspiration for the season for me because everything comes out of the clothes and collaborating with the designer. That said, I’m currently listening to a lot of old disco (Damn you, Daft Punk!) I’m also loving the James Turell exhibit at the Guggenheim.”
SS: Your motto that has set you on a path to success?
DP: “Get on with it!”
SS: What is the secret to succeeding in the beauty business? Is there one?
DP: “Be good at what you do and be lucky.”
DP: “To do as little as possible to a face, to see what restraint can achieve. Loud noises are easy to make, being quiet is much harder.”
SS: What is one thing that helps give you an inspirational pick-me-up?
DP: “The sense memory of different places. Right now it’s Dewees Island in South Carolina where I spent the summer with my husband James and our dog.”
SS: First experience with beauty? Tell us about a moment or memory?
DP: “Probably an old film, maybe I was trying to figure out how the blind lady (Audrey Hepburn) in Wait Until Dark had such flawless makeup and hair.”
SS: Beauty product (skincare or makeup) you’d never live or leave the house without?
DP: “A good sunscreen, right now I’m using one from Shiseido’s UNO men’s line which I get in Japan. It’s lightweight and not greasy at all. Bring it to America please!”
SS: Name the beauty campaign or editorial spread (old or new) that’s inspired you the most.
DP: “I was completely obsessed with the Tyen Christian Dior ads like these from the ’80s and would try to recreate the looks on my friends and sister’s faces. The looks I created were hilarious.”
— Glynnis Mapp, Stylesight Beauty Editor