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Chanel SS18 PFW Makeup
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 show was a mesmerizing mix of textures and materials, with models rocking PVC hats and plastic boots against a backdrop of tumbling waterfalls. Backstage, Tom Pecheux transformed models into 80s sirens with bold, blue eyes and glossy power pouts, perfectly complementing the season’s collection. Go behind the scenes of the Chanel show with these images shared exclusively with Savoir Flair, and discover the key products and techniques used to create that retro feel.

Chanel SS18 PFW Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Skin

For a flawless face and perfect base, the first thing you need to do is prep. Backstage, the ‘Hydra Beauty’ skincare range was used to moisturize and tone skin, whilst the ‘La Solution 10 De Chanel’ added hydration and helped to calm stressed skin – perfect for pre-show frenzy. Once you’ve given your skin some TLC, it’s time to create the ultimate healthy complexion.

To achieve this look, opt for the ‘Healthy Glow Foundation’. It does just what it says on the bottle: give skin a gorgeous, healthy glow and just the right amount of coverage to keep skin still looking like skin. Cover pesky dark circles with the ‘Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer’ before using the ‘La Palette Essentielle’ to conceal imperfections and blemishes. The palette is also amazing for adding subtle structure and a hint of highlight thanks to its three different compartments. Finish with a hint of flush by using a dusting of the powder blush in ‘Pink Explosion’ (or ‘Rouge Profond’ for a darker hue) just on the high edges of your cheekbones.

Chanel SS18 PFW Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Eyes

Start by boosting your brows to frame your eyes. You want to add just a little definition to your existing shape and keep them looking full and natural, brushing them upwards with the ‘Stylo Sourcils Waterproof’ pencil. Next, set your brows with the ‘Le Gel Sourcils’ brow gel to keep them perfectly in place, before going on to create your ultimate 80s-style smoky eye.

Pecheux picked a selection of blue hues to adorn eyes, from a tantalizing teal to a deep and dark navy, which he blended together beautifully and smudged up right to the brow bone for a dramatic, exaggerated effect. The beauty of this look is that you can make your smoky eye softer by using the lighter shadows or go for a bolder effect by adding the darker shades. Sweep a little shadow under your eyes to define your lower lashes, then add a touch of the ‘Blue Night’ mascara to complete your eye makeup.

Chanel SS18 PFW Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Lips

No 80s-esque look is complete without a statement lip, so make your pout pop à la Chanel with a hot orange-red hue. To perfectly complement the plastic textures and water features of the show, pouts were given a pop of bright orange-red lipstick before a gorgeous, high-shine gloss was added on top to make for a slick smile.

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