For CHANEL’s recent Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Ready-To-Wear show, Paris’ historic Grand Palais (aka: the brand’s go-to venue), was transformed into a representation of the River Seine. With undulating curves and a sinuous catwalk polished to mimic crystal clear water, the looks presented fit a nautical theme via swashbuckling influences, thanks to ruffles a-plenty and gleaming admiral buttons — but what truly captured me, was the makeup. I’ve probably said a billion times before how “wearable” a particular look might be, but this one truly tops them all.
Below you’ll find an interview with Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Colour Director for CHANEL, where she breaks down the look she created for the runways show. My honest reaction when I first saw this makeup was “I can totally do this” and I proceeded to do exactly that. With the exception of the lip gloss used (which I thought I had but can’t seem to find anywhere), and following the instructions provided by Lucia on CHANEL’s website, I was not only able to recreate it all effortlessly, but this has now turned out to be one of my fave go-to looks.
What were your sources of inspiration for this makeup?
The vibe and the energy of the makeup is a very heightened freshness with a 70’s twist. It’s about girls outdoors having blushed cheeks, glow on the skin. I added a touch of glamour by putting gloss on the lips.
Can you describe the fashion show makeup?
There are two looks:
One is supernatural, fresh and glowy. The products I used for the skin are: LES BEIGES EAU DE TEINT and PALETTE ESSENTIELLE. Then, I used the BAUME ESSENTIELTransparent high on the cheekbones and on the eyelids. I also applied the mascara LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL on the top and bottom lashes. Eyebrows are groomed, brushed up with a boyish feel. I added ROUGE COCO GLOSS Aphrodite on the lips.
For the second look, we have the same base. However, on the eyes, I added more depth and diffusion with a light taupe color. This look has a little bit more of the 70’s vibe with ROUGE COCO GLOSS Aphrodite on the lips, which gives a very slight touch of glamour.
On the eyes, I applied STYLO OMBRE ET CONTOUR Contour Clair on the top of the lash line until the outer corner and finally on the socket line. Then, I really blend it. Finally, I applied it underneath, through the lash line and united the makeup with the top part.
Everything is very blended and diffused. This look doesn’t have the balm on the top of the lid, so it has a matte finish.
It’s all about the freshness of the skin and high-pigmented glossy cheekbones.
Do you have any professional tips and tricks to share with us?
I used the blush of the PALETTE ESSENTIELLE Beige Médium very high on the cheeks and blended it down, giving the idea of a natural blush.
Is there a product that you particularly enjoyed using for this makeup look?
I really enjoyed using the BAUME ESSENTIEL Transparent because it gives a feeling of dewiness to the look. It brings a really modern and natural feel which is very effective and light reflecting.
The key products used to create the looks
In closing, all I can say is “thank you” to CHANEL for coming up with a look that actually embodies the word: wearable. Depending on your complexion and undertone, it’s easy to tweak this makeup to suit your preferences and what’s more, doesn’t require a billion products or complex tools to recreate. Well done, CHANEL … well done.
2020-21 Fall-Winter CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Show Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica © CHANEL 2020