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Autumn with CHANEL

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Few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with CHANEL’s beauty department and their head make up artist Najete Ezzarqui. Prior to the launch of their autumn hues I was given the opportunity to learn a few application techniques using the latest products as well as work around the shades that suit my colouring.

The collection consists of a spectrum of muted purples, burgundies and taupes – as expected from a fall range. As I am a sun kissed – olive skinned – green eyed strawberry blonde this was very much a complimentary palette for my colouring.

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We opted for a rendition of the smokey eye in deep cold purple; something I have had done on me by many make up artists and thaw is my ”go to” editorial photoshoot look.

Najette helped me with visually reshaping my eyes – I happen to have what make up artists refer to as the Asian framing and a hooded eyelid. In other words there isn’t a lot of eye lid space to work with and application is the key not to close off my squinty eyes any further. 🙂 Sideways / upwards application of eyeshadow blended thoroughly towards the crease tends to do the trick.

Whilst old skool beauty tips always emphasised the importance o balancing out either a heavy eye or lip but never both together; I have seen throughout my line of work whilst watching make up artists on set that it’s just an urban legend. As a stylist I can only compare it to nonsense tips like ”horizontal stripes make you look bigger”. I asked Najette to translate one of my favourite editorial beauty looks (which is a purple lid and a statement red lip) to my facial features and really loved the result. If your colouring is similar to mine I suggest that you give it a try!

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Now let’s talk products:

New and permanent additions to my make up bag from this collections are the above seen Les Ombres in 204 (Poesie), Ombre Essentielle in 104 (Palpitation) and 106 (Hesitation). P.S Don’t you just love the romanticism of the French names?

I have also recently developed the habit of wearing a dark lip – how very goth of me. Whilst a saturated high pigment dark lippy is something I reserve for nocturnal outings CHANEL’s Rouge Coco Shine in 96 (Aura) is great for the daytime. Whilst it looks dark and heavy in the image (could be due to my photography and retouching) it glides on semi transparent and feels more like a glossy lip tint.

The last priceless tip I picked up and have been relying on ever since is using the illuminating base (Le Blanc De CHANEL, link HERE) on top of my make up. This has worked wonders when applied halfway thought a day and prolonged the dewiness of a base applied in wee morning hours. / Teresa XXX

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