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Trend on Trial: Chanel's art-inspired make-up


Fashion collided with art on the Chanel s/s 2014 catwalk: handbags were splattered with paint, prints referenced a Pantone colour chart and models’ faces were used quite literally as canvases. Chanel’s make-up impresario Peter Philips haphazardly daubed a palette of rainbow colours around the eyes then framed them with thick inky eyeliner and defined black brows. While Karl Lagerfeld’s model muses wore their paintwork well, can we pull off arty eyes without it looking sketchy?

Evie Leatham Stylist’s Beauty Director says:

So far my artistic efforts are limited to being a life-drawing class dropout. Now it’s not nude paints but riotously coloured eye powders I’m dabbling in. I started fingerpainting but soon needed a brush as this pop-art malarkey is more precise than it first seems – think painting-by-numbers rather than freestyle, which can look a little mad when five or six colours are vying for space around your eyes. This is colour therapy at its best and the kind of fun that shouldn’t be left to catwalks: the brave could do it on the train to work and call it performance art.

Samantha Flowers, Stylist’s Beauty Editor Says: There’s something thrilling about painting outside of the lines and daubing on primary shades with wild abandon. I started off following in the footsteps of Chanel, mimicking the pop-art eye – a smudge of green here, a dot of red in the inner corner – but soon veered off on a tangent like a child with a new set of crayons. I loved it. My only advice is to have a bundle of clean make-up brushes to hand – and to wear the look with confidence.

The verdict

While we both loved going wild with colour, it’s not the most subtle or demure eye make-up to wear unless you’re OK with people raising their undaubed eyebrows at you. However, there are limited ways to reinvent the smoky eye or winged eyeliner and there’s also something liberating about going crazy with colour: a palette of primary shades unleashed our inner five year olds – but such child-like enthusiasms make a mess of your usual make-up brushes so as Sam suggests, keep a spare set on standby. If you happen to be invited to a party where the dress code is ‘walking painting’, then go for it. If not, leave it to the artworks of the Chanel catwalk.

With thanks to Boothnation



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