Thomas De Kluyver is part of a wave of creatives shaping a new way of looking at beauty, through his monochrome and lipstick-heavy looks that transcend trends, referencing 80s and 90s rock musicians like Kim Gordon and Courtney Love. With runway shows for Opening Ceremony, Carven and Kenzo, and editorials for British Vogue, Vogue Italia and Dazed under his belt, De Kluyver’s career is only beginning.
Born in Perth, Australia, De Kluyver grew up drawing and would do his friends’ makeup at night. Rebecca Williams, founder of Becca Cosmetics and a friend of his mother, gifted him a copy of the book “Beauty Flash” after he interned for her. De Kluyver used it along with François Nars’ “Makeup Your Mind” as his guide. He then landed a holiday job at MAC after one of his friends suggested he apply. In 2007, he moved to London, where he manned the door at a club called “Collapsing New People,” catching the attention of creatives like Pat McGrath with his makeup looks and ensembles.
De Kluyver soon began booking shoots for magazines like i-D and Dazed,. The self-taught makeup artist’s work has also been featured in publications including Vogue Italia, British Vogue, i-D and Self Service , as well as advertising campaigns for APC, Sies Marjan and Missoni.
He frequently collaborates with photographer Harley Weir , who he first shot with in 2016.