This past May 3rd, CHANEL presented its Cruise 2021-2022 Collection, with Virginie Viard once again turning to Gabrielle Chanel’s personal archives for inspiration. Held at Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence (South of France), this former quarry with its towering stone-cut walls, instantly calls to mind ancient Egyptian structures (no? just me?). So totally unique and absolutely impressive … and now I absolutely want to go there.
The venue: Carrières de Lumières, Les Baux-de-Provence, South of France
The venue has another tie to Mademoiselle; it’s where one of her close friends – famed poet, Jean Cocteau, filmed “Testament of Orpheus” a movie loved by Virginie Viard for its chiaroscuro precision that inspired her to create this collection based on shadow & light. Making the looks modern through punk & mod influences and complimented by the juxtaposition of soft & hard materials, both the makeup and hair reflected the theme beautifully. There were 2 distinct beauty looks, with both featuring a strongly lined eye (again, that ancient Egyptian influence) as the focal point, with the rest of the face & nails staying relatively neutral. Personally, what I love is that both looks are as easy to recreate, as they are to wear. If going full-on Cleopatra isn’t your thing, then this look can easily be toned down by just going easy on the liner — although I’m really feeling that eye intensity.
I also appreciate that the products used to create the looks are all part of the brand’s regular lineup (I’m not a fan of products used that are then only available in markets other than mine) but even if you don’t have any of these on hand, the entire look can still be easily recreated with items you’ve most likely already have at home.
Skin was prepped with Hydra Beauty Micro-Sérum & Hydra Beauty Caméllia Water Cream
Face: Les Beiges Teint Bell Mine Naturelle Hydration et Longue Tenue, Le Correcteur de CHANEL, Poudre Universelle Libre
Brushes used for the face: Les Pinceaux de CHANEL N° 100 Foundation Brush, N° 105 Retractable Dual-Ended Concealer Brush, N° 106 Powder Brush (NOTE: the N° 111 Retractable Highlighter Brush shown was actually used for the highlighter below)
Eyes (Look 1): Stylo Yeux Waterproof N° 88 Noir Intense, Le Volume Révolution de CHANEL N° 10 Noir
(Look 2): Les 4 Ombres N° 362 Candeur et Provocation, Stylo Yeux Waterproof N° 88 Noir Intense, Le Volume Révolution de CHANEL N° 10 Noir
Brushes used for eyes: Les Pinceaux de CHANEL N° 202 Flat Eyeshadow Brush & N° 200 Retractable Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brush
Brows: La Palette Sourcils, Stylo Sourcils Waterproof, Les Pinceaux de CHANEL N° 207 Dual-Ended Brow Brush, Le Gel Sourcils
Cheeks (Look 1): Joues Contraste N° 320 Rouge Profond, Les Pinceaux de CHANEL N° 110 Blush Brush
(Look 2): Joues Contraste N° 320 Rouge Profond, Les Pinceaux de CHANEL N° 110 Blush Brush, Les Beiges Fluide Enluminateur Belle Mine Pearly Glow
Lips: Rouge Coco Bloom N° 116 Dream, Les Pinceaux de CHANEL N° 300 Dual-Ended Lip Brush, Rouge Coco Gloss N° 792 Aphrodite
Nails: La Base, Le Vernis N° 167 Ballerina, Le Gel Coat
There’s just something about this perfect marriage of both mod & punk (fashion/accessories/hair/makeup) that resonates with me
The pearls in the accessories adds an unexpected elegant element
I have quite the obsession with poet shirts/tunics and this one is absolutely sublime
CHANEL Cruise 2021/22 Collection