When girly meets glamourous, you get Chanel’s vision for haute couture and gold-class luxury. The fairytale nostalgia at Chanel haute couture fall 2012 saw an unconventional marriage of smoky eyes and pink cheeks. Unusual? Yes. But do you expect any less from Karl Lagerfeld?

Creative Director of Chanel Make-up, Peter Philips, formulated the idea of creating something ‘new’ from the old, only adding to Lagerfeld’s theme of ‘New Vintage’ for this year’s haute couture show.

The look is as girly as it can be – soft blushed cheeks, shimmering eyes and dewy skin. But the roughness of silver and black on the eyelids contrasts the candy pink cheeks, making it edgy, modern and… new. And perfect for your fall 2012 makeup repertoire.


For the show, Philips prepped each model’s skin with a hydrating serum, just to make the make-up last longer and have it sustain a natural glow.

Skip a heavy-duty foundation for this look, and apply a hydrating tinted moisturiser instead. If you have any visible redness, dab a light-weight concealer cream only on the region. Philips used Chanel’s Correctuer Perfection on each model for the show.


Philips placed the blush “a bit higher than usual” for this particular look, to create an illusion of higher cheekbones. The soon-to-launch Chanel blush, Joues Contraste ‘Rose Initial’ was applied in an inverted slant across the apples of the cheeks, going all the way to the jawline.

Skip the bronzer and let the blush contour the cheeks with its pink hue.

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These are the assets of the look, as all the drama and action is happening right around the eyes.

  • The soft metallic smoky eyes, seen on Chanel models, have a tint of silvery-blue, but feel free to use other metallic shades when imitating this look for yourself. Make sure the eyeshadow isn’t too shimmery or glittery. Philips used Chanel’s Ombre Essentielle single palette in Furtive shade.
    Tip: Stick to one shade of metallic: either silver, bronze or gold, and apply the colour as an outline of the shape of your eye. Essentially, you want your eyes to have an outer, metallic lining. Don’t miss the tear ducts and the outer rim of the eye.
  • Apply a thick layer of eyeliner on the top lid, as well as the waterline, as this will contrast the metallic eyeshadow. Create a mini flick using on the outer edge the eye for definition. Le stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliner was used backstage for the runway show.
    Tip: If you have a steady hand, use liquid or cream-based eyeliner for the top lid and a kohl pencil for the waterline.
  • Create the final silhouette for the eyes by adding a few dashes of mascara on the top lashes only. The eyeliner is super heavy in this look, so you might be able to get away by only curling the lashes and skipping the mascara.

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Finish this look with a neutral tint on the lips; think peachy pink colours when picking a shade to contrast the intense smoky eyes. Philips applied Rouge Allure lipstick in Evanescente on each model at the show.

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If you want to go a step further, you can also recreate Chanel’s haute couture nails – silver crescents on bubblegum pink – by following the steps at that link.

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