CHANEL Spring/Summer 2020 Haute Couture Beauty

For the recent CHANEL Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show, the nave of Paris’ Grand Palais was transformed into a cloister garden, evoking the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Aubazine, France, a place that played a key role in the life of Gabrielle Chanel. With a working fountain and abundant greenery, the models appeared from behind crisp white sheets, hung as if to capture the heat and fragrance of the garden. The setting and theme of this presentation by Virginie Viard displayed a timeless beauty and simplicity, done in homage to the fundamental narrative of the House of CHANEL. And while I was held spellbound by so many of the designs, it was the beauty look that really blew me away.

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What were your sources of inspiration for this makeup? What brief did Virginie Viard give you?  

Virginie Viard’s inspiration for the collection was the cloister garden of the Abbey of Aubazine, where Gabrielle Chanel spent most of her childhood. In the collection there are a lot of black and white. So I wanted the girls to look very natural, but strong and candid at the same time. I wanted this kind of balance of the finish of the look, with color going into one another, texture going into one another…. Mauvy, white, the matte in the shine.

So it’s all about the contour and the light coming from the sculpting of the face, creating a sort of light and depth with this mauvy, brown color and the white eyeliner bringing out the eyes. 

Can you describe the fashion show makeup?

This makeup is all about light and shadow, the contour, the sculpting of the face. There is a harmonious finish of colors and textures.

For the eyes, I used STYLO OMBRE ET CONTOUR Contour Mauve in the socket line and underneath, I blended it a lot creating this kind of diffusion around the eyes. Then with the STYLO OMBRE ET CONTOUR Contour Brun I added a little more depth into the mauve. Then I added a soft touch of white eyeliner on the top and underneath, so the eyes pop out like a chiaroscuro effect. Then I put mascara on the lashes and brown through the lash line on the top.

For the lips, I used the concealer of the PALETTE ESSENTIELLE around the edges of the mouth. Then I applied LE CRAYON LÈVRES Rose Naturel in the middle and ROUGE ALLURE INK Warm Beige

Do you have any professional tips and tricks to share with us?

The tip is to intensify the depth of the socket line and underneath, and then to bring out the eyes making them bigger by using a white eyeliner underneath the lash line and on the top on the lid close to the lashes.

Is there a product that you particularly enjoyed using for this makeup look? 

STYLO OMBRE ET CONTOUR, easy-to-use, easy-to-blend delivering a strong makeup effect!


The full beauty breakdown (products previously reviewed are in bold):

Face: Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint, Palette Essentielle, Poudre Universelle Libre, Le Correcteur de Chanel

Eyebrows: Stylo Sourcils Waterproof, Le Gel Sourcils

Eyes: Les 4 Ombres N°352 Elemental (Spring-Summer 2020 Desert Dream Collection), Stylo Ombre et Contour N°36 Contour Mauve & N°34 Contour Brun (both Desert Dream Collection), Stylo Yeux Waterproof N°949 Blanc Graphique, Le Volume Révolution de Chanel N°10 Noir

Cheeks: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder N°50, Baume Essentiel Sculpting, Baume Essentiel Golden Light (Spring-Summer 2020 Desert Dream Collection)

Lips: Le Crayon Lèvres N°158 Rose Naturel (Rouge Allure Camelia 2020 Collection), Rouge Allure Ink N°176 Warm Beige

Nails: La Base, Le Vernis de Chanel N°735 Daydream (Spring-Summer 2020 Desert Dream Collection), Le Gel Coat

Below are a few of my absolute favourite looks from the show … all absolutely exquisite and so totally wearable, I might add.


The wedding dress finale — so perfectly in line with the entire theme


Virginie Viard takes her bow

2020 Spring-Summer CHANEL Haute Couture Show

Backstage Makeup CHANEL – Lucia Pica © CHANEL 2020

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