Draw the lines: Chanel Haute Couture SS16 makeup

Draw the lines: Chanel Haute Couture SS16 makeup

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Benôit Peverelli

With sleek, 'croissant' buns and and triple eyeliner, the models at the Chanel couture show were a picture of futuristic chic perfection

Trust Chanel to come up with a makeup look that seemed to riff on Star Wars mania — models sported voluminous croissant-shaped buns straight out of Princess Leia's style book (created by Sam McKnight) and wore edgy, black liner that undulated with sensuous curves. In contrast to the elegant embellishments and restrained palette of the haute couture gowns — where colours like nude, black, grey and white took centrestage — the models' almost futuristic look brought a fresh modernity to the show.

But despite the intricacy of the liquid liner — that will certainly take some practice to perfect — the rest of the makeup was pretty simple to achieve. Think glowing skin, soft blusher and barely-there lips. On the eyes, the makeup team, led by Tom Pecheux, used the soon-to-be-launched A Palette Sourcils De Chanel to define and sculpt the brows, before a soft pink shadow, Illusion D'Ombre in Moonlight Pink was lightly dabbed on the lids and blended with an eyeshadow brush. To create the graphic lines that played expertly with negative space, the team used the precise Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Noir Intense. Besides creating a thick block shape close to the upper eyeline, thinner S-shaped lines that followed the curves of both the upper and lower lids were drawn in. Attempting this on yourself? Start with a thin line and build in the thickness, or trace the shape you want before filling the line in with more liner.

Eye makeup look Chanel Haute Couture SS16

On the cheeks, the artists simply dabbed on the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush in No 20, applying under the cheekbone for subtle sculpting and lifting of the face, with just a hint of colour.

chanel haute couture ss16 cheek look

The finishing touch on the lips, was simply an application of Rouge Coco Baume, a moisturising lip treatment and balm to prep the lips, followed by Rouge Allure in Pensive, a sensuous and natural nude-pink shade.

Chanel SS 16 haute couture lip makeup