Nowness – Li Wei

Cosmetic Wunderkind Thomas de Kluyver Reworks Four Decades of Makeup with Chinese Model Li Wei

Dissecting each decade from the 1960s to the 1990s, London-based makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver and filmmaker George Harvey give an elegant take on the phenomenon of the makeup tutorial video. Starring Li Wei, winner of the NSR Model Look Competition in China, the short offers tips to mastering everything from a 1960s Jane Birkin-esque eyeliner flick to Jerry Hall-inspired brow-high eye shadow over a soundtrack from trippy London band Desert Mountain Tribe. Hailing from Perth, Australia, De Kluyver has so far assisted makeup artist Ayami Nishimura, worked on a career-makingDazed & Confused cover with Nicola Formichetti, and helped create Florence Welch’s ethereal beauty looks after a fortuitous Glastonbury meeting. “My favorite decade for makeup is the 90s,” he muses. “That’s when I was a kid and my older brother was into grunge music: Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, and Kim Gordon are my icons.”

Published on the 4th of Feb 2014 here

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