284 posts tagged "Chanel"
“We wanted to have one makeup element stand out without taking away the focus from the collection,” makeup artist Peter Philips told us from the Grand Palais yesterday, where Karl Lagerfeld staged Chanel’s latest couture spectacular. As is so often the case—in both real life and the world of fashion fantasy—that one element turned out to be a strong red lip with a matching manicure courtesy of Chanel’s Le Vernis in Rouge Fatale. Paired with a modern, nude face, the overall effect was classy with an edge, or “haute couture makeup with strong street credibility.” Philips built his pout in layers, beginning with an outline and filled-in base of Chanel lip liner in Carmin, followed by a few lashings of his Rouge Coco lip color in Rivoli, a dark crimson, which he blotted with a tissue and set using Chanel’s translucent Poudre Libre for a matte finish and extra hold. This three-pronged approach will guarantee you long-lasting, strong color intensity, says Philips, and that will no doubt serve you well for the many days of lipstick-wearing you’ve got ahead of you come Fall.
Don’t be fooled by the heat wave that’s currently plaguing the northeast (it’s 99 degrees in New York right now—yes, you read right): Fall is on its way, at least insofar as the barrage of autumnal color collections that have begun hitting cosmetics counters this month. There are jewel toned-shadows, berry lipsticks, and deep shades of nail lacquer to be enjoyed en masse, but particularly exciting for us is Chanel’s latest offering. The plums, dark grays, and shimmering olive eye options are all there, paired with a surprisingly neutral lip palette of pinks and corals. The real standouts, though, come in the form of a three-piece limited-edition range of Joues Contraste Blush and, of course, a get-it-before-it’s-gone nail polish. Creative director of makeup Peter Philips devised Pink Explosion, Rose Temptation, and Plum Attraction to bring a unique flush to the face—Plum Attraction being our personal favorite for its unusually dark pigment. As for that polish, it’s Paradoxal, a metallic gray violet with a hint of shimmer. All four products are available for purchase online. Our suggestion: Buy now to play with them in the comfort of your air-conditioned home later.
Our colleagues over at Style File have already given a shout-out to Michelle Williams and the Chanel Haute Couture frock she wore yesterday in Cannes to the premiere of Blue Valentine, but we couldn’t resist a mention of our own. Her corn silk blond pixie cut is the beauty moment that we’ve been waiting for since the film festival got under way on the Riviera last week—on par with Angelina’s matte red lip circa ’09. The choppy style suits the actress’ cherubic face quite well, in that it’s similar to her Mia Farrow incarnation from a few years back, another high point in Williams’ hair history. Here, we’ve compiled a little retrospective for you so you can fully grasp the magnitude of her latest transformation. It’s hard for us to say what looks best on the actress, as long hair and fringe seem to work for her as well, but feel free to voice your opinion below.
Over the last few years, Chanel has established itself as the brand for fashion-forward nail polishes, and the interesting shade of pale baby blue that Peter Philips debuted in Saint-Tropez this week is an indication that the house has no plans of slowing down the trend-setting anytime soon. But YSL is poised to give Chanel a run for its money. The Beauté arm of the iconic fashion label had one of spring’s surprise hits in its Mauve Silk lacquer, a pale lavender that sold out almost immediately upon hitting counters. For summer, it has added two new limited-edition shades to its gold-capped offerings, Ultra Violet—a true fuchsia—and Ultra Orange, a sheer mandarin varnish that almost has the quality of a jelly polish, in that it goes on sheer and can be built for opacity or layered with other colors for texture and dimension. Hopefully, YSL stays the innovation course; having a wealth of obscure, designer nail colors to choose from can only spell good things for the industry—and our own personal mani/pedi experience.
“Relaxed girls who are enjoying their holidays” is how Chanel’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, described the effortless, natural beauty look he whipped up in Saint-Tropez last night for the house’s resort collection. So, how best to get the sunkissed complexions spotted on Georgia May Jagger and co.? That would be Vitalumière Aqua, a new lightweight foundation from the brand set to bow in a few months, blended with a few drops of Soleil Tan de Chanel, the popular bronzing fluid from its spring color collection. On the eyes, Philips dipped into his Ombres Contraste Duo eye shadow in Taupe-Délicat, working the shimmering beige hues across lids before softly brushing up models’ brows. Final efforts included coating pouts with an as-yet-unreleased pencil rather than a lipstick or gloss, a few coats of mascara, and multiple pumps of a new Chanel eyelash curler, which was also gifted to Vanessa Paradis, Diane Kruger and other members of the audience. As for the hands, where most Chanel beauty acolytes direct their attention when Karl Lagerfeld’s sartorial extravaganzas begin, nails were painted with baby blue polish for what Philips referred to as “a touch of playfulness.” The lacquer only serves to further demonstrate Philips’ newfound dedication to pastel varnishes, and will hit stores (and wish lists) at the end of the year.