Marchesa, The Makeup
We told you it was coming; now, the wait will soon be over. After teaming up with Le Métier de Beauté for their Fall show back in February, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are debuting a limited-edition makeup collection for the brand that will hit shelves in September. The collaboration, which fuses LMDB’s heralded textures and colors with Marchesa’s knack for classic glamour, features four dual-ended lip glosses, two Sheer Illumination highlighting pens, and two multipurpose palettes—the cornerstone of the range—which were created with Craig and Chapman’s respective styles in mind. Craig’s Le Soleil includes a cheek/lip/eye and face color for a bronzed goddess look, while Chapman’s La Lune features a translucent powder, concealer, berry-tinged lip gloss, peachy cream blush, and an onyx shadow to properly build her signature smoky eye. The silver packaging is also a talking point, having been directly inspired by Sandra Bullock’s silver bugle Marchesa gown from this year’s Oscars. We caught up with Chapman and Craig via email to discuss their beauty beginnings, getting ready on the go, and of course, Marchesa Luisa Casati, who is not only the brand’s fashion muse but its beauty icon as well. According to the designers, “her iconic style serves as inspiration for everything we do.”
After six years designing gorgeous dresses for the Hollywood set, why try your hands at makeup?
GC/KC: When creating the collections for our shows, we always found that makeup played an integral part in the completion of the overall look and feel of the season. It was important for us that our makeup line reflect the same level of craftsmanship synonymous with Marchesa, and Le Métier was the ideal partner for this. We had always loved their products, both for their fantastic quality as well as their unique aesthetic appeal.
Walk me through the creative process. How did you arrive at the range in its final incarnation?
We really just opened up our own makeup bags and decided which items we couldn’t live without. Once we decided on what these basics were, we spent hours trying on an endless rainbow of colors and finishes to develop palettes that would work for a broad range of looks as well as day-to-day coverage. We decided on these particular combos because they worked for all our beauty needs.
Are you both big makeup wearers in “real” life?
As designers, we’re obviously very attracted to makeup because, like clothes, it helps tell a person’s story. Makeup is such a big part of fashion, which is what we love and what we do for a living, but there is a difference between the runway and real life. Although we love experimenting with avant-garde looks for our shows, we find that for our everyday lives, simple is always best. We are usually so busy with work that we have very little time to primp, so the more convenient the product the better. We stick to products that work for us year round, are great quality, and are easy to use. We also make sure to keep up a routine skincare regimen with Patricia Wexler products.
What cosmetics can’t you live without?
Lipstick. Even when you’re barefaced, a little lip color can make a world of difference.
As far as the general inspiration for the new line, what was your main goal with the palettes, the lip duos, and the pens?
We have very chaotic schedules that require us to consistently get ready on the go, so our ideal product was one that could encompass everything you needed for a complete look (concealer/powder/shadow/lip) in one slim, easy-to-carry package. The slim palettes, highlighting pens, and lip duos are so compact that they can come with you anywhere you go, and the colors are perfect for creating both day and night looks. You can literally be ready at a moment’s notice and still have time to spare to pick out your outfit—what more could we ask for?!
Photo: Courtesy of Le Métier de Beauté