Three days ago, Chanel showed their Fall/ Winter 2019 runway in Paris. It was a significant collection for the brand — it was the last collection design by the late fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld.
Chanel built a lavish set depicting a snow-capped mountain-top resort, complete with a traditional German resort’s wooden cottages. It was called “Chalet Gardénia”.
The whooping 73 looks in the collection spanned the ’80s power suit, pinks, teals, and pristine white looks — all tied together by a soft, natural look on the models.
Let’s start with the eyes: the eyebrows were full and natural — matched to the models’ hair colours. The eyeliner and mascara were barely there. Instead, the focal point was the natural complexion and the rosy winter flush around the cheeks. The lips were kept almost frosty and pale — again, made subtle so the attention stays on the complexion and blush.
“The makeup was very fresh with a strong, masculine touch in the groomed and defined brows,” said Lucia Pica, Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, in a release by the brand. “The girls were meant to look fresh, having been in a cold, snowy day at the Chalet Gardénia.”
Here, a comprehensive look at every single product used on the models at the Chanel Fall/ Winter 2019 runway:
Pica prepped the models’ skin with the Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux — an intense smoothing hydration eye gel, followed by the Hydra Beauty Micro Serum — yet another intense 24-hour hydrating serum for the entire face, finally with La Solution 10 De Chanel — an all-over cream for sensitive skin.
The new skin tint, Les Beiges Eau De Teint (S$106) — otherwise Water-Fresh Tint — that was used in the show is set to be launched in stores this April. “My favourite product is Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint,” notes Pica. “It gives a homogenous yet invisible finish to the skin.” For application, Pica opted for the Les Pinceaux De Chanel (S$80), a two-in-one brush which suits both liquid or powder foundation.
Where there were spots, Pica applied the Le Correcteur de Chanel concealer (S$55) with a dual-tipped concealer brush (S$80). Finally, the complexion was finished with the lightweight loose powder, Poudre Universelle Libre (S$85), using a powder brush (S$98).
She, too, used the three-in-one Palette Essentielle (S$94) to conceal, highlight, and colour to inject a warm glow to the face.
To achieve the full, masculine eyebrows that Pica wanted, she used the double ended sculpting eyebrow pencil, the Crayon Sourcils (S$38), together with the long-wear eyebrow pencil, Stylo Sourcils Waterproof (S$59). For application, she opted for the a dual-tipped eyebrow brush (S$60) — it comes with an angled brush to blend out the pigments and, on the other end, a spoolie (or spiral) brush to blend and lift the brows. Finally, the brows were held in place with a brow gel (S$53).
Pica shared her technique for the full, masculine brows, “Draw little upwards hair with the Crayon Sourcils and blend them with Les Pinceaux De Chanel — Retractable Dual-Tip Brow Brush. Apply Le Gel Sourcils to diffuse and make the finish less defined.”
Pica went easy on the eyes with just one product — eyeshadow. She particularly chose the neutral palette, Les 4 Ombres in “308 Clair-Obscur” (S$94), and applied it with a dual-tipped eyeshadow brush (S$80).
The Rosy Cheeks
To create a frost-bitten, winter flush, Pica used the new shade, N°440 Quintessence (S$73) from the series of Joues Contraste blushes. Instead of the compact brush that comes with it, she opted for a precision powder brush (S$84).
There wasn’t a single lipstick or gloss this time round. It was just a hydrating and conditioning lip balm, the Rouge Coco Baume (S$52). Yes, unbelievably simple, but that’s really it!
While the overall look — from skincare to base and point makeup —was kept simple, the nails seem dangerously difficult. Pica used a pure white varnish (priced at S$40, to be launched in stores later in July) on the models. If you’ve ever tried a white manicure on yourself, it’s a pain to apply the polish evenly without streaks. You might want to bring Le Vernis to your manicurist for help with this one.