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EXCLUSIVE: “Between Girly And Rebel,” Backstage at Chanel’s Cruise Show

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Staging the Chanel Cruise show at Versailles meant that hairstylist Sam McKnight and the house’s creative director of makeup Peter Philips’ beauty look was slightly predetermined: Think powdered, embellished wigs, rosy cheeks, painted lips—the kind of coifs and makeup befitting the storied French palace. But seeing as how Karl Lagerfeld’s go-to glam squad was viewing the iconic location through the designer’s singular mind, there were some unexpected twists and turns along the way.

“It’s pink makeup,” Philips admitted of the coordinating shades of Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Rose Favorite, its Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Pétale, and its Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Evasion, which he swiped onto lids, cheeks, and mouths respectively. “[But] it’s between girly and rebel,” he continued, lining the inner rims of eyes with Chanel’s taupe-y beige Le Crayon Khôl eyeliner in Clair, slightly enhancing brows and deliberately avoiding a heavy base so skin didn’t look too “historical.”

A few additional elements kept things in the here and now. While McKnight busied himself affixing Dutch boy bobs in different chalky pastel shades to long, bow-tied ponytails, Philips placed black velvet Chanel logo “beauty spots” onto models’ faces, high on the cheekbones and under the eye on either the left or right side of the face. “Last minute I added a subtle highlight with Mouche de Beauté,” Philips explained of a customized highlighter that provided the final touch—and will be included with the bold pink eye shadow in a forthcoming line called Collection Versailles de Chanel, bien sûr.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

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  1. nhughey1 says:

    The hair reminds me of Karl, himself!