Last week, the Grand Palais in Paris was transformed into a garden of a cloister to set the stage for Chanel’s Spring 2020 Couture show, complete with paved walkways, a fountain, and real cabbages. This was an homage to the garden at the Cistercian abbey of Aubazine, the orphanage that became home to Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and her sisters. The collection was dominated by monochrome outfits, a nod to the austere black and white uniform that Chanel and her peers were made to wear during their time at the convent.
To bring this innocence to life, Chanel’s Global Creative Color and Makeup Designer Lucia Pica created a beautiful, barely there look with glowing skin, berry-stained lips, and eyes defined with natural hues. And what beauty look is better suited to our day-to-day lives? So, on that note, read on to discover the key Chanel beauty products that were used and how to get the understated-chic beauty look yourself – both shared exclusively with Savoir Flair, of course.
For the perfect makeup look, it’s all about that base – which is why care and attention were paid to properly prep skin backstage. Ensuring your skin is thoroughly cleansed, apply a light layer of the ‘Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum’ to load skin with powerful active Camellia Alba extracts to lock in moisture for 24 hours. Next, brighten your eyes and reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles with the ‘Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux’, and finish your prep with the lightweight ‘Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream’ to further nourish and deeply hydrate.
Then it’s onto your makeup, starting with the ‘Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint’ foundation. Its revolutionary formula features patented microfluidics and micro-droplets of oil to create a nude-skin finish that’s natural and luminous. Next, conceal any blemishes and discoloration with the ‘Correcteur Perfection’ concealer before dusting skin with a touch of the ‘Poudre Universelle Libre’ to provide a sheer, lightweight veil of coverage and keep your makeup looking fresher for longer. Finish by using the multitasking ‘La Palette Essentielle’. It features a bronzer and blush, so it’s amazing for subtly sculpting the cheekbones and jawline while adding warmth to the skin. A slick of the new ‘Baume Essentiel’ highlighting stick in ‘Golden Light’, and you’re good to go.
Eyes were subtly sculpted to add definition without looking ‘done’. To achieve this look yourself, use the ‘Stylo Ombré et Contour in Mauve’ to define the crease of your eye before blending it out to soften. Next, take the ‘Brun’ shade, and blend it along your lower lash line and dust over the crease before using the ‘Les 4 Ombres Palette in Elemental’ to create a subtle smoky effect.
Pica’s top trick? “The tip is to intensify the depth of the socket line and underneath, and then to bring out the eyes, making them bigger by using a white eyeliner underneath the lash line and on top of the lid, close to the lashes.” Add a slick or two of the ‘Le Volume Revolution de Chanel’ mascara and give your eyebrows a boost by defining them with light, upward strokes using a long-wear brow pencil before brushing them and setting them in place with a few strokes of the ‘Le Gel Sourcils’ brow gel.
Although it looks like lips were left bare, they were lined with the new ‘Le Crayon Lèvres in Rose Nature’ before Pica dabbed a touch of the ‘Rouge Allure Ink in Warm Beige’. Perfect pouts, here we come.