Hello darling readers! I know I’ve been horrible about posting lately, but I recently started working and it’s been a bit of a madhouse, but I think things are calming down a bit/I’m getting the hang of things thus my triumphant blogging return!
I’m going to restart with a bang by breaking down Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 Ready to Wear Runway Look! Chanel had an under the sea theme (Check out the video on Style.com here) that was reflected in the clothes, accessories, and even makeup – shell-shaped clutches, pearl encrusted hair, even scattered pearls imitating piercing. But not to worry, the beauty was under the sea inspired, but still perfectly appropriate (and dare I say awesome?) for us land dwellers to rock!
What the Pro’s said: Style.com Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg wrote “…Models were given a smooth base of Chanel pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup for a semi-matte finish that contrasted well with the ‘wet shine’ eyes [Peter] Phillips [Chanel’s global creative director of makeup] crafted using his Illusion d’Ombre long-wear luminous eyeshadow in 81 Fantasme, a glimmering white cream pigment. ‘It blends out into Illusion [d’]Ombre 92 Emervelle, a peach color, so the sparkle becomes a glow,’ Phillips pointed out, lining the inner rims of eyes with Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense eye pencil in Clair, a light beige, and using its Stylo Yeux waterproof long-lasting eyeliner in black shimmer along the upper lash line to further carve out definition. Cheeks were dusted with its forthcoming L’Horizon de Chanel, a blush compact with graduating shades of pink that can be swirled on for multidimensinoal color, while mouths were coated in its new Levres Scintillantes Glossimer lip shine in Plaisir, a sheer pink hue sans sparkle…”
ON HAIR: “’wet hair down looked a little sad,’ [Sam] McKnight admitted. Instead, he prepped strands with Sebastian Mousse Forte and Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner, a leave-in mask, and swept them up into a chignon, letting the ends hang out. McKnight advocated for using mousse-rather than gel-to get the desired level of saturation. ‘Gel can be difficult to manipulate and mousse just distributes better,’ hes aid. ‘I added a slight side part, too, so there’s a little bit of a Chanel boyish feel.’”
I encourage you all to check out the entire Style.com beauty review. It was a great read! (click “more” on the blurb above the pictures)
(I say breakdown, but it’s a bit of a translation – breaklation? – too because while the runway look is gorgeous, it’s a bit intense for every day. And, also, while I’d love to have oodles of Chanel makeup at my fingertips, it’s all on the pricy side. Not to mention many of the colors haven’t been released yet…but if you have the products handy/want to make an investment, may the force of Chanel be with you.)
-Liquid/Cream Foundation: (it’s ironic that I’m dying to recommend Chanel’s Teint Innocence liquid foundation – because it’s amazing – but I’m not because it’s discontinued…why Chanel? Why?) Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover liquid foundation or (Meg’s favorite) MAC Mineralize cream foundation.
-Luminizer: Benefit High Beam
-Eyeshadow: MAC Cream Color Base in Luna and Hush
-Eye Liner(black): MAC Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack
-Mascara: Lancome Hypnose
-Blush: MAC Powder blush in Pink Swoon
-Lip Gloss: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon
-Start by concealing any blemishes. Apply liquid (Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover) or cream foundation (MAC Studio Fix cream) lightly with a sponge for a smooth finish.
-Set foundation with a powder (Guerlain Meteorites/Clinique Almost Powder).
-Apply a little bit of luminizer (Benefit High Beam) to the cheekbones, arches of the brows, cupid’s bow, center of the chin right underneath the lips, and the bridge of the nose to create a fresh dewy skin look.
-Apply a thin layer of white shimmery cream eyeshadow (MAC Cream Color Base in Luna) to the entire lid. Then, apply a very small amount of shimmery cream eyeshadow (MAC Cream Color Base in Hush) to the outer corner of the lid and blend inwards.
-Line the inner rims of the eyes (top and bottom if possible) with a beige eye liner (Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense eye pencil in Clair)
-Draw a line of medium thickness along the upper lash line (thinner on the inside corner of the eye, thickest on the middle of the eyelid) and end the line slightly past the actual endpoint of the eye with a very very slight cat eye (check out the picture below of model Candice Swanepoel as a reference).
-Use the same white shimmery cream shadow (MAC Cream Eye Base in Luna) to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.
-Curl lashes (Shu Uemera Eye Lash Curler) and apply a thickening mascara (Lancome Hypnose).
-Lightly dust the tiniest bit of pink blush (MAC powder blush in pink swoon) on to the apples of your cheeks.
-Complete the look with a pink glossy lip (Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon). For extra gloss and pout potential apply a dab of clear gloss to the center of your lips (try moisturizing and multifunctional Aquafor healing ointment!)
-The easiest way to get this look is to start styling with wet hair. So either take a relaxing shower or wet your hair down with a spray bottle.
-Apply a nickel-sized dab of leave in conditioner (Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner) and a quarter-sized dab of mousse (Sebastian Mousse Forte) into your wet hair. Comb the conditioner and mousse in thoroughly with your fingers. Note: this is if you want the totally wet look for the entire day!
-Brush your hair and part severely to one side. (Part should be at the middle point of one of your eyebrows)
-Tie hair back tightly into a low ponytail.
-Twist hair and wrap around in a slightly loose bun. Secure with a hair tie. Note: it doesn’t have to be a perfect bun, in fact, the point is to not have a perfect bun. The wet texture of the hair will help the bun stay up, even though it’s a bit loose.
Runway to the Real World Style Tip!
Spice up any loose bun with pretty embellishments, jewelled pins, studded hair ties, colored ribbons.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Check back for other SS12 RTW beauty breakdowns!
* all the wonderful pictures are from Style.com, a great resource for all things fashion!