Here's how to get the amazing, technicolour eyes from Chanel's haute couture FW17 show

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Love the stunning eyes at Chanel's recent Paris couture show? So did we. Find out the products the team – under Tom Pecheux — used to create this look

Chanel has done the impossible — they've made wearing a veritable rainbow's worth of eye colours on your lid look impossibly chic instead of clownish. Makeup maestro Tom Pecheux, who works on all of Chanel's runway shows outdid himself by creating an eye look that was like a (controlled) rainbow explosion on the lids. One touch we especially loved was the drop of liquid red on the inner tear duct that really gave this look that pop.


The eye makeup was created using a combination of Ombre Première shades from the brand's 2017 Eyes Collection. The colours used included Blue Jean, a dramatic, cerulean blue smudged under the lower lid, Verde, a deep green used near the inner eyebrow on the browbone and Désert Rouge, a burnt red shadow worn on the lid. To add even more highlight to the look, the makeup team added the bright gold shade Poudre d'Or at the corner of the lower lid for some of the models. Being a couture makeup look, it's likely some non-commercial products were used to get this dramatic look — as we also noted a shade of almost crayola orange smudged on the browbone that is not among Chanel's makeup offerings. Similarly you might have to improvise to get that liquid red smear — using waterproof face paint or some other creative makeup product to get that effect.
Eyes closed at Chanel Haute Couture FW17

The eye look was completed with two kinds of Chanel mascara — Le Volume de Chanel and Stylo Yeux Waterproof, to give lashes extra oomph so it doesn't disappear under all that colour. Not to be forgotten, the brows were defined with the Stylo Sourcils Waterproof and swept upwards and in place with the Le Gel Sourcils brow mascara. Remember that brows do frame the look, so whether they're groomed to within an inch of their life or deliberately unkempt, make sure they are matched to your makeup look. The skin was kept velvety and soft with only the face palette from the fall/winter makeup collection adding a touch of almost indiscernible definition on the cheeks. Finally lips were slicked with the Rouge Coco lipstick in Daylight. Makeup lesson: If you're going crazy on the eyes, practice restraint on the rest of the face. 


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