New: CHANEL Ready To Wear S/S 2021 Backstage Beauty

The recent CHANEL Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2021 runway show was once again set in Paris’ soaring Grand Palais, but this time the theme bore a laid-back LA aesthetic, complete with the brand name spelled out in giant letters evoking the iconic Hollywood sign. All that glamour aside, what really stood out for me was the comeback of the smokey eye … but trust CHANEL to soften up this look to make it so absolutely wearable.

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Paris’ Grand Palais transformed into the CHANEL version of Hollywood

What were your sources of inspiration for this makeup?

It’s about a cinematic woman, the makeup look is a very exquisite masculine and feminine with a minimalist glamour feel to it. It’s an all-over matte look. It’s very finished and matte in a pristine kind of way. The girls feel slightly untouchable.

Can you describe the fashion show makeup?

All the finishes are matte, like on the eyes, lips and skin. On the face, I used a concealer LE CORRECTEUR DE CHANEL where needed and a powder compact foundation ULTRA LE TEINT as I really wanted the girls makeup finish to look very blurry, matte and pristine. On the eyes, I used two colors from LES 4 OMBRES mixed together, a grey from Blurry Grey’s palette and a black eyeshadow from Modern Glamour, to create a smoky effect all over the lids with a matte finish.

I brushed up and defined brows with a pencil, STYLO SOURCILS WATERPROOF and an eyebrow gel LE GEL SOURCILS. I finished with a black mascara LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL Noir, on the top lashes only. Then, I used a nude lip pencil LE CRAYON LÈVRES Nude Brun and ROUGE ALLURE VELVET EXTRÊME Modern, a matte peachy brown lipstick on the top. And that’s the look!

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

The trick to get this look right is to put a base of LE CORRECTEUR DE CHANEL concealer all over the eyelid and then put the grey black eyeshadow directly on the lid, using the flat brush and patterning on all over the eyelid. Then blend in the socket line to create that blurriness around it.

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

I particularly enjoyed using the compact foundation ULTRA LE TEINT, because it’s a creamy powdery foundation but it feels very light, like a veil. I really loved using it because it gave me that matte blurry finish I was looking for.

What really appeals to me about the look Lucia Pica created for the show, was that she opted to use products already in the current lineup that for the most part are all still available. This way, if you’re so inclined to recreate the effect using the same products, you actually can — although any one of these items can also easily be substituted by others you might currently have in your stash.

For the look, skin was first prepped using Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum, and Hydra Beauty Camelia Water Cream

Face: Ultra Le Teint Compact Powder Foundation, Poudre Universelle Libre, Le Correcteur de CHANEL, and Éclat Lumière

Eyebrows: Stylo Sourcils Waterproof, La Palette Sourcils, Le Gel Sourcils

Eyes: Les 4 Ombres 334 Modern Glamour & 322 Blurry Grey, Le Volume Révolution de CHANEL

Lips: Le Crayon Lèvres 162 Nude Brun, Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême 102 Modern

Nails: La Base, Le Vernis 18 Rouge Noir, Le Gel Coat

With regards to the fashion portion, the attention to detail and the exquisite craftsmanship was clearly evident, but the five looks below are what spoke to me the most — and that I would definitely add to my wardrobe in a heartbeat.

Bathrobe-chic at its finest, and a look I can totally get behind

The perfect après-sun outfit (but first I need to get my abs in shape)

Love, love, LOVE

Black, white, pants, overskirt, low-cut, and plenty of pearls. 100% YES.

This look manages to look both classically sophisticated & badass at the same time – and I’m here for it.

Images courtesy of CHANEL

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