If the words “Spring/Summer beauty” conjure up images of coral lips, peachy cheeks, and pastels aplenty, then think again, because thanks to Chanel, we’re making monochrome makeup our pick next season.
As models at the SS21 show walked the runway in Virginie Viard’s Hollywood red carpet and film-inspired collection, backstage, Lucia Pica – Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer – worked her moody makeup magic complete with sooty eyes, blurred lips, and flawless matte skin.
“It’s about a cinematic woman; the makeup is a very exquisite masculine and feminine look with a minimalist glamour feel to it. It’s an all-over matte look. It’s very finished and matte in a pristine kind of way. The girls feel slightly untouchable”, she describes to Savoir Flair.
If like us, this look has you excited to dig out your smoky eyeshadows, then take a leaf out of Pica’s book and read on to find out exactly how she created the goth-glam makeup look of dreams.
Skin was kept super simple, with a barely-there makeup look so clean and fresh that it was almost invisible. Of course, a flawless face needs a flawless base, and this was achieved with the perfect prep regimen consisting of the ‘Hydra Beauty Serum’, ‘Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux’, and ‘Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream’.
For the ultimate bare-faced look, it’s all about the ‘Le Teint Ultra Tenue’ compact foundation. Its revolutionary powdery texture glides on like a second skin to impart sheer, luminous coverage with a perfectly matte finish. Next, cover up any imperfections with the ‘Le Correcteur de Chanel’ concealer before brightening the under-eye area with a touch of the ‘Éclat Lumière’ highlighting stick. Finish with a quick dusting of the ‘Poudre Universelle Libre’ et voilà – your beautiful base is complete.
As masks become a staple accessory, now’s the time to focus on your eyes – which is exactly what inspired Pica to make this look all about a sultry stare. Backstage, she used the ‘Blurry Grey’ and ‘Modern Glamour’ palettes to create a blanket of black-gray eyeshadow, focusing only on the eyelids and keeping under-eyes bare and makeup-free. To add a dreamy softness to the dark hue, Pica created a smudged effect by buffing out the edges to create a more real, lived-in feel. Be sure to have your blending brushes handy.
Add a slick or two of the ‘Le Volume Révolution 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 the eyes were the focus, lips were coated with a matte rosebud stain to bring just a hint of color to the look. This was achieved with a combination of the ‘Nude Brun’ lip liner and the ‘Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême’ lipstick in ‘102 Modern’. It’s safe to say Chanel is making a case for the bold eye over the bold lip next season, and we’re all for it.