Beauty backstage: Get the look at the Chanel Métiers D'Art 2016/17 show

Beauty backstage: Get the look at the Chanel Métiers D'Art 2016/17 show

Modern beauty

Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Benoît Peverelli

While many may have been busy fussing over the clothes, accessories and celebrities at the Chanel Métiers D'Art 2016/17 Paris Cosmopolite show, it's the crisp and modern makeup that caught our attention

When you think of the colours red, white and black, the ensuing image is not always subtle. But with this precise colour combination as the makeup palette for the lips, eyes and nails respectively, the models at Chanel's Paris Cosmopolite show looked unerringly modern. Keen on replicating the look for the holidays? Here are the products used, as well as how to apply them.

Before hitting the runways, the models' skin was prepped with both Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux — a must-have for refreshed looking peepers — and Solution 10 de Chanel. Similarly, if your look is especially skin-focussed, always begin with good skincare so your makeup glides on smoothly. To create their even and perfected complexions, makeup artists applied the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation and used the Éclat Lumière for light touches of illumination on the forehead and temples. Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder was also used to add some colour to the face, while a touch of the Joues Contraste in Elégance — a product that will only be available in the brand's Spring collection — adds barely-discernible colour to the cheeks.

Chanel Metiers d'Art 2016-17 makeup
For the eyes there were two standout features: Neat and precise eyebrows and a clean application of white eyeshadow on the lid. Makeup artists backstage created those defined eyebrows with the two-toned La Palette Sourcils de Chanel. If you're attending a lot of parties and get-togethers, we would recommend getting your brows waxed, threaded or plucked by a professional, so it's easier to fill them in with your eyebrow products. For the eye, use the lightest shade from the Les 4 Ombrés in Tissé Smoky no 246, a snow white, concentrating the colour on the eyelids and building it up, layer by layer, for opacity. Finish with mascara to define the lashline.

Chanel Metiers d'Art 2016-17 makeup
In sharp contrast to the clean look of the skin and eyes, go all out with the lips and the nails. Start with the Rouge Coco Baume to prep your pout, then add bold dimension and a matte finish with the brand's new Rouge Allure Ink. If you're copying the brighter orange-red seen on some of the models, go for Séduisant. If you want a subtler take on the look, go for Amoreux, a pink with a hint of nude (above). For the nails, there are also several options. We think an inky manicure — the models used another soon-to-be-launched product, Le Vernis in Androgyne — is a really failsafe option for Christmas, as it straddles elegance and edginess perfectly. If black nails are too goth for your liking, stick to classics like beige or red. With this manicure, it's not about the fancy nail art or effects. Concentrate on attaining a slightly elongated nail and going longer than you're used to (trust us it will look good) and keeping those mitts polished and moisturised.