Make-Up Tips from Chanel Cruise 2015-16 in Seoul
As the great and the good shimmered at the Met Ball in New York on May 5th, a whole other set of great-and-good feasted on glorious colour, print and pattern at Chanel Cruise 2015-16 in Seoul, South Korea.
In true, technicolour spirit the make-up mirrored the colour of the occasion. Models followed circular paths through a white space and around clusters of spectators. The collection was quirky and charming. It pulled its references, as you would expect of Lagerfeld, from plenty of sources including charming nods to Korean dress (there was a pale-pink take on a hanbok). This photograph which is all about the face, points to 20s silent movies and Frieda Khalo (the brows), technicolour film (the lips). There are a few ideas to pluck from this catwalk look for summer.
The lips – this kind of highly pigmented, coral red lip colour looks super modern right now. It works if you’re looking healthy, so apply blusher or fake tan to brighten your complexion. I love Chanel’s super light brightening powder, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF15 (make-up artist Lisa Eldridge first got me onto it). For a gentler effect try the hue as a sheer, lip stain – dab a little of the colour onto lips with a finger blending out and making sure you’ve applied lip balm first. Here, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in L’Eclatante was blended with a Fuchsia No 55 Lip Pencil, whilst Rimmel and Bourjois also have great technicolour lipsticks.
The lashes – this is about applying more mascara to the outer half of your eyes than the inner to achieve a wide eyed effect. Try it – a couple of extra coats to the upper lashes. I’m currently into Guerlain’s latest, Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara and here, Chanel’s new Le Volume Ultra-Noir de Chanel in No 90 was used.
Brows – treat this idea with caution. But know that brows fade with age, so a little gentle definition will take years off. Go for a brow pencil that matches or is a little lighter than your own brow hairs and feather on using a light hand. The effect should be subtle for maximum effect. Tom Ford’s brow pencil is one of the best.