Back to botany: Chanel Fall/Winter 2015 makeup collection

Autumnal hues

Back to botany: Chanel Fall/Winter 2015 makeup collection
Inspired by the natural shades of fall, Chanel's makeup collection is understated yet elegant

Chanel's fall makeup collection was heavily inspired by botany, with hues borrowed from the plants, flowers and nuts that you would find during this season. Instead of the vibrant tones usually seen in spring and summer, this muted palette — like colours seen through a filter — has a quiet sophistication that translate brilliantly into their makeup. Forget garish, technicolour and go for these natural, almost organic shades.

One of their most collectible items is the Création Exclusive. Entrelacs is an eye palette with delicate beige shades that transition to deeper browns. The eyeshadows come in matte and satin finishes and have an intense look when worn.

Création Exclusive in Entrelacs

The brand's signature Les 4 Ombres palette come in an inspired combination of moss green, copper khaki and peach beige shades. Worn together, they sculpt the eyes perfectly for a fresher smoky eye.

Les 4 Ombres in Tissé d'Automne

Even the blush — Joues Contraste in Alezane — is inspired by a specific plant, the willow catkin. The brownish pink colour has a touch of golden shimmer that lends a warm cast to the skin. 

 Joues Contraste in Alezane

The lips are not just about the plush colours, but the lush textures of Fall. Whether its the velvety softness of moss or the iridescence of a bird's plumage, your lips can take on different, brilliant effects thanks to the variety of offerings. For those who want a matte finish, there's the rich red of Rouge Allure Velvet in La Bouleversante while the Rouge Coco Shine in Mélancolie is a subtler, sheer brown. Want your eyes to take centrestage? Play down your kissers with the muted nude Rouge Allure in Pensive.

Rouge Allure in Pensive, Rouge Allure Velvet in La Bouleversante, Rouge Coco Shine in Teméraire and Mélancolie

Finally no Chanel makeup collection is complete without nail polish shades. Many of the brand's Le Vernis colours become cult favourites that influence nail trends. This season Chanel was inspired by an occelated turkey feather. Pick from three bold hues: a shimmery chocolate, timeless brick red or elegant green-black. 

Le Vernis in Chataigne, Écorce Sanguine and Vert Obscur

From $35. At Chanel counters in August

Text: Renée Batchelor

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