“I was looking for something poetic, like a memory – a natural filter that makes everything look dreamier” - Lucia Pica
When it comes to this season’s hottest beauty hues, we’re looking to desert for inspiration. Although this might seem like an unlikely go-to source (how can a sea of beige add life to our makeup bags?), Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer Lucia Pica is proving us very wrong.
“It was beautiful in the desert, but quite unexpected,” she says of her trip to the coastal desert of Namib, home to undulating sand dunes, sacred cave paintings, and lunar plains. “I thought we would see a lot of strong colors in the desert, but in reality, it’s a vast nothingness, covered with semi-precious rocks that have been shaped by the wind over time. There are no people there – some parts of the desert looked like the moon… It was beautiful there, but quite unexpected. The energy in the desert was very calm and virtually silent – as muted as the colors.”
Inspired by the way the light hit the landscape and the natural, raw beauty of the desert, Chanel’s ‘Desert Dream’ makeup collection for Spring/Summer 2020 is a palette of bronze, muted pinks, dusty mauves, and soft browns with pops of peach and rosy tones, with both matte and shimmery finishes that celebrate the dramatic desert landscape’s textures.
Capturing the desert’s beauty with her Polaroid camera, Pica noticed that the soft, blurred finish of the photos added a romantic, natural filter that created a dreamy effect and softened the shapes and colors of the desert.
“The dreamlike quality we were looking to capture in the desert could be best achieved with a Polaroid. It’s a medium that produces images that are intrinsically imperfect,” she tells us. “In somewhere like a desert, a sharp or overly realistic image doesn’t feel like an accurate record of the experience of being there. Something blurry, like a memory, seemed more appropriate, and the collection those pictures inspired is super-soft, very feminine and at ease. That’s a place I’ve come to, personally – a softer state. This is a natural filter that makes everything look dreamier.”
Thanks to these images shared exclusively with Savoir Flair, you can discover the photographs that inspired Pica to create ‘Desert Dream’. Looks like we’ll be pulling out our Polaroid cameras and sporting a softer makeup look this weekend…