Cover Photo: Instagram/Gregoris Pyrpylis

Fun fact: Gregoris Pyrpylis was actually studying to be an English teacher before he decided to pursue makeup

Lauded as a genius in the world of makeup, Greek makeup artist Gregoris Pyrpylis has been appointed as the new creative director for Hermès.

“I am delighted to be joining Hermès, which is for me the house that epitomises beauty and is unique for its values, boldness, and attachment to craftsmanship and know-how,” said Pyrpylis in a statement.

“I have always viewed make-up and skincare as a means and not an end. Beauty objects are marvellous tools that go beyond appearance to benefit wellbeing. It is clear to me that through the Beauty métier, Hermès seeks to provide its community with an experience, a journey, during which each personality can be expressed, each form of beauty revealed,” he continued.

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Pyrpylis will work under the leadership of President of Hermès Parfum & Beauté, Agnès de Villers and will drive creation in the upcoming collections. In his new role, Pyrpylis will contribute to the continued development of the Hermès Beauty métier. This is a beauty line that was launched in March 2020 with the Rouge Hermès gesture and that has since been expanded with Rose Hermès and Les Mains Hermès.

The makeup wunderkind has made a name for himself in the beauty world, and has worked with many celebrities, such as Cindy Crawford, Carla Bruni, Alexa Chung, and Laetitia Casta, who have all praised him for his down to earth personality and expertise in makeup.

Interestingly enough, the former Shiseido ambassador has not always been into makeup.

Despite having been drawn to the arts from a young age, it was only in his adolescence that Pyrpylis discovered his passion for makeup and beauty.

Pyrpylis grew up in a family of pharmacists, and was studying English Literature at the University of Athens, when a life-changing event spurred him to take a completely different career path.

One evening, his best friend asked him to help her with her makeup. The look, though simple, was a tremendous success. The incident sparked his interest in beauty and by the end of the week, he had enrolled in makeup school.

He has not looked back ever since.

Pyrpylis started his career in 2006 after joining the MAC team. In 2012, he decided to make the move from Greece to Paris. Shortly after arriving in the City of Lights, he became the first mentee of former artistic director of Shiseido, Tom Pecheux.

By the time he was 23 years old, Pyrpylis impressed Maybelline New York with his contemporary and minimalistic makeup looks and became the brand’s ambassador in Greece and Cyprus.

Most notably, he was the first makeup artist to become a global brand ambassador for skincare brand Bioderma from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, Pyrpylis became the ambassador for Shiseido in Europe. 

Out of all his achievements, Pyrpylis feels that the biggest highlight in his career is having attained the trust of the women he works with, which he feels is ultimately “priceless”. 

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